1938 December

6th  In a trade of major names, the Giants send Dick Bartell, Hank Leiber, and Gus Mancuso to the Cubs for Billy Jurges, Frank Demaree, and Ken O’Dea. The trade works best for the Giants as the New York-born Jurges will anchor the infield for 7 years; Chicago-born Bartell lasts just a season at Wrigley.

Larry MacPhail ends an agreement with the Yankees and Giants to ban broadcasts in the New York area and sells the radio rights of the Dodgers games to Wheaties.

11th  The Giants get slugger Zeke Bonura from Washington for $20,000 and 2 minor league players. Bonura has averaged 110 RBIs a year over the past five years.

12th The Tigers buy PCL pitching sensation Fred Hutchinson from Seattle for cash and four players.

13th  Fred Frankhouse returns to the Boston Bees, and Joe Stripp goes to Brooklyn in a player swap. In a separate transaction, the Dodgers send Buddy Hassett and Jimmy Outlaw to the Bees for Gene Moore and Ira Hutchinson.

14th  The major leagues agree on a standard ball but disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players. Judge Landis will decide on 25. The NL grants Cincinnati its season opener a day before the rest of the league in recognition of baseball’s 100th anniversary and the 1869 Red Stockings being the first professional team. The AL permits Cleveland and Philadelphia to play night games. Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president.

15th The Red Sox send Pinky Higgins and P Archie McKain to the Tigers for pitchers Eldon Auker and Jake Wade, and OF Chet Morgan. The Sox also ship OF Ben Chapman to the Indians in exchange for P Denny Galehouse and SS Tom Irwin.

20th  The White Sox sell veteran C Luke Sewell to Brooklyn.

29th  Al Simmons moves to the NL when Boston buys him for $3,000 from Washington.