1946 December

4th W. G. Bramham retires as head of the minors. George Trautman will replace him.

The Reds trade pitcher Ed Heusser to Brooklyn for veteran Augie Galan.

6th The major leagues finally accept the contention that invasion of minor league territory will result in compensation for the entire league. The major league clubs agree to return the selection of the All-Star teams, except for pitchers, to a fan ballot.

7th The Indians send young OF Gene Woodling to Pittsburgh for veteran receiver Al Lopez. Lopez will play just 61 games in 1947, before taking over as manager of Indianapolis for 3 seasons. He will return to skipper the Indians in 1951.

9th The Senators sell veteran knuckleballer Dutch Leonard to the Phillies where he’ll go 17-12 in 1947 and 12-17 the next year.

The Cardinals sell veteran Red Barrett back to the Braves where he’ll rebound to an 11-12 mark in 1947 nd 7-8 in 1948. Barrett celebrating his 20th win of the ’45 season by pitching a one-hit shutout, but fell to a 3-2 mark in ’46.

10th The Yankees sign veteran 1B George McQuinn, recently released by the A’s. The 36-year-old has two good years left in him and will hit .304 with 80 RBI in 1947.

20th  With the trade for Lopez, the Indians send young catcher Sherm Lollar and 2B Ray Mack to the Yankees for minor league P Gene Bearden, P Al Gettel, and OF Hal Peck. Peck never played for New York after they acquired him in June. Lollar will play just 33 games in 2 years, while Mack is swapped after one game. Bearden, as a rookie knuckleballer in 1948, will win 20 games and the lead the AL in ERA.