1952 December

2nd  Dodger executive Buzzie Bavasi dismisses the Yankees reaction to Jackie Robinson’s charges. Commissioner Ford Frick plans no action against Robinson.

3rd  Former Cub catcher Clyde McCullough is reacquired by Chicago from Pittsburgh. The Bucs get cash and pitcher Dick Manville. McCullough will play three years as a solid backup and, when Cavarretta is fired in the spring, Clyde will be the only member on the team from the 1945 pennant winner.

4th  Detroit trades P Virgil Trucks, who tossed two no-hitters during the year, along with P Hal White and OF Johnny Groth, to the Browns in exchange for 2B Owen Friend, OF Bob Nieman, and OF/C J.W. Porter.

5th  ML attendance figures show an 11 percent drop.

6th The AL approves a 2-league waiver rule curbing inter-league trading after June 15th.

At the 1952 meetings a new bonus rule is approved, replacing the one that was instituted in 1946 and repealed in 1950. This new rule sets the bonus limit at $4,000 or the player could be lost though the draft. “Under the rule adopted, a bonus player is any free agent with less than 90 days’ professional experience, who signs for more than $4,000 with a major league club ($5,000 if the player is retained in the majors), $4,000 by minor clubs higher than Class B and $3,000 by B, C, and D. A bonus player in the minors must pass through a draft period before he can be transferred in any manner, except by outright release, and a major bonus player must be retained for two years, unless waivers area asked for his unconditional release.” Such waivers are irrevocable. This second bonus rule lasts until abolished at the 1957 winter meeting in Colorado Springs.

11th  Pittsburgh names Fred Haney as its manager for 1953 replacing Billy Meyer, the Bucs manager since 1947.

12th  Peter J. McGovern becomes president of the Little League, succeeding Charles Durban, who resigns because of ill health. The Little League began in 1939 with 8 teams in 2 leagues and has grown to over 1,800 leagues in 44 states and several foreign countries.

18th  In a shake-up of the Cleveland Indians, Hank Greenberg stays on as GM, while Ellis W. Ryan resigns as president after losing a showdown. Mike Wilson, who buys Ryan’s share, will be the Indians new president.

23rd The Washington Post predicts that the St. Louis Browns, not the Cardinals, will be moving to Milwaukee within the next two or three years. Merry Christmas, Baltimore.