1954 December

6th  The Tigers trade 1B Walt Dropo with P Ted Gray and OF Bob Nieman to the White Sox for 1B Ferris Fain and Jack Phillips.

The Orioles conclude their second large trade in 3 weeks sending C Clint Courtney, SS Jim Brideweser, and P Bob Chakales to the White Sox for C Matt Batts, infielder Fred Marsh, and pitchers Don Johnson and Don Ferrarese. Courtney batted .270 in 397 at bats, and struck out an AL-low 7 times, the league’s lowest since Joe Sewell hung up his spikes in 1933.

8th  The Cardinals send veteran pitcher Gerry Staley, who had won 84 games for St. Louis in the past 6 seasons, along with All-star 3B Ray Jablonski to the Reds for Frank Smith (5–8 in 1954). The Cards have the good-fielding Ken Boyer in the wings, making the bad-fielding Jabo expendable. He’ll be back in the minors within a year. After a year in St. Louis the Cards will waive good-bye to Smith and Cincinnati will sign him back.

11th With the Athletics poised to move to Kansas City, the Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium.

13th The Dodgers shed part of an era, sending P Preacher Roe and 3B Billy Cox to Baltimore for 2 unknowns and cash. The O’s will complete this deal next March by sending OF Frank Kellert to Brooklyn for P Erv Palica.