1940 December

3rd The Browns purchase pitchers Denny Galehouse and Fritz Ostermueller from the Red Sox. Galehouse will go 50-58 in 6 seasons in St. Louis

4th  MacPhail continues his dealing and gets his catcher. The Dodgers trade for Mickey Owen, giving Gus Mancuso, P John Pintar and $85,000 to the Cardinals.

The Cubs swap SS Bobby Mattick, OF Jim Gleeson and a player to be announced to the Reds for SS Billy Myers. Myers will split his time between Chicago and the minors in ‘41 and quit in 1942 rather than take a pay cut.

The White Sox release infielder Jackie Hayes, who had seen little action this year because of a cataract in his eye. Hayes is one of the few hitters who wears a batting helmet. It is referred to as a head helmet.

9th The Reds trade 3B Lew Riggs to Brooklyn for 2B Pep Young.

10th In Chicago, a curious rule that was designed to “break up the Yankees” is continued by the AL, a rule which prohibits the team winning the championship from trading with any other club. The rule was voted in at the December, 1939 meetings by the 7 other AL owners after the Yankees won 4 straight WS. The major and minor leagues agree that players taken into the military will not count against roster limits.

The sac fly rule, reinstituted last year, is eliminated for the 1941 season. Though he would .400 without the rule change, Ted Williams will have 6 flies that score runners from 3B in 1941.

The Giants purchase Morrie Arnovich from the Reds and send SS Wayne Ambler to the Reds for P Milt Shoffner.

Umpire Bill Klem retires and is appointed NL chief of staff. He’ll ump in 11 games in 1941 before thumbing himself out.

11th The ML extends Judge Landis another 4-year term. They also vote to limit night games to 7 per team.

12th Washington sends Gee Walker to the Red Sox for Doc Cramer. Walker is then packed off to Cleveland with P Jim Bagby, OF and C Gene Desautels for C Frank Pytlak, Odell Hale and P Joe Dobson. At the end of the War, on December 12, 1945, Bagby will return to the Red Sox. Boston also buys Pete Fox from Detroit.

13th Vet ump George Moriarty is removed from active staff and transferred to the AL promotional department.

16th The White Sox ship P Jack Knott to the A’s for INF Dario Lodigiani.

20th Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics from the Shibe family at the price of $42,000 for 141 shares.

21st Chicago writers name Indian SS Lou Boudreau as the outstanding rookie in the ML. He’ll be honored at the January banquet.

24th Merry Christmas to Ben Chapman from the Indians who ship him to Washington for P Joe Krakauskas. The Tribe sells Johnny Allen to the Browns.

30th The Yankees swap sore-armed Monte Pearson to the Reds for OF Don Lang and cash. Tomorrow, they’ll Bump Hadley to the Giants for the waiver price and trade INF Bill Knickerbocker to the White Sox for C Ken Silvestri. The military will claim Silvestri for the next 4 years.