1951 December

8th  The AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting the NL’s suspended game rule and lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games.

10th  The Cards trade lefty Max Lanier and OF Chuck Diering to the Giants for 2B Eddie Stanky, who becomes the team’s player-manager. The Reds trade C Smoky Burgess, 2B Connie Ryan and P Howie Fox to the Phillies for C Andy Seminick, infielder Eddie Pellegrini, OF Dick Sisler and P Niles Jordan. The Reds will regret letting the burly catcher go and will reacquire him, again exchanging Seminick, in 3 years.

11th  Joe DiMaggio officially retires as a member of the New York Yankees with 361 HRs and an average of .325 after 13 seasons. His 56-game, consecutive-game hitting streak in l941 will stand as one of the all-time best diamond achievements.