1943 December

2nd With only 9 minor leagues operating during the season, the minor league convention in New York has an incipient revolt to oust longtime head William G. Bramham in favor of Frank Shaughnessy, president of the International League, who had 5 pledges. But Bramham rules that 15 non operating circuits which had paid dues are eligible to vote. Five of the leagues had given proxies. A later appeal to Commissioner Landis fails.

4th After one disappointing season in Washington, the Senators sell veteran slugger Indian Bob Johnson to the Red Sox. Griffith will later call it the worst trade he ever made. Johnson will have 2 solid years in Fenway before retiring.

30th Happy New Year to a couple of Babes. The Phillies send the much-traveled Babe Dahlgren to Pittsburgh for catcher Babe Phelps and cash.