1957 December

2nd The Hollywood, (PCL) franchise moves to Salt Lake City, and the Los Angeles (PCL) team moves to Spokane. The San Francisco franchise (PCL) transfers to Phoenix, AZ.

3rd Al Lopez, who traded Larry Doby when he was managing, Cleveland, does it again in Chicago. The Orioles swap P Ray Moore, Billy Goodman, and OF Tito Francona to the White Sox for Doby, pitchers Jack Harshman and Russ Heman, and infielder Jim Marshall.

4th  The White Sox send fan-favorite Minnie Minoso and infielder Fred Hatfield to the Indians for P Early Wynn and OF Al Smith. Wynn coming off his 1st losing season, will rebound with the White Sox, topping the AL in wins and innings in 1959. The trade was the first for the new Indians’ GM Frank Lane.

ML baseball kills the bonus rule and raises the minimum salary to $7,000.

5th  The minor leagues threaten to sue ML baseball if it televises Sunday games in their territory.

The AL purchases a $1.8 million group accident policy to help clubs buy new players in case of a major disaster.

Taylor made. The Cubs send veteran Bob Rush and 2 players to the Braves for C Sammy Taylor and P Taylor Phillips.

The Cards turn down the Phillies offer of Richie Ashburn and Harvey Haddix for Ken Boyer, trusting that Boyer will turn into a good 3B. Then, in one of their best trades ever, the Cardinals acquire outfielders Curt Flood and Joe Taylor from the Reds for pitchers Marty Kutyna, Ted Wieand and Willard Schmidt. The 19-year-old Flood, who appeared in 8 games for Cincinnati over the past 2 seasons, will anchor the St. Louis OF for the next 12 years.

7th  The AP votes Tony Kubek of the Yanks as the Rookie of the Year. Frank Malzone of the Red Sox, who was declared ineligible, receives one vote. Malzone, with better offensive numbers, will later claim that he was robbed by New York writers, when the BBWA changes the minimum number of at-bats during the season, thus excluding him.

11th  U.S. Congressman Emanuel Celler and Senator Kenneth Keating, both of New York, hint that there might be antitrust action against ML baseball if it televises games as planned, because it jeopardizes the minor leagues.

The Phillies purchase veteran OF Dave Philley from Detroit.

16th  The Reds land their fifth pitcher of the month when they acquire Harvey Haddix from the Phillies for OF Wally Post. In a good move a week ago they swapped pitchers with the Pirates, picking up veteran Bob Purkey for Don Gross.

17th  The Pasadena City Board confers with the Dodgers on the possible temporary use of the Rose Bowl.

19th  In a continuing family squabble, Charlie Comiskey, Jr. denies his sister’s, Mrs. Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, allegation that he used the “rule or ruin” tactic to gain control of the club.

25th  With the backing of Representatives Keating and Celler, the minor league executives urge that ML baseball compensate them for this infringement on their territorial rights.

28th  In a swap of first basemen, the Pirates trade Dee Fondy to the Reds for oft-injured slugger Ted Kluszewski.

CBS states that it will not broadcast baseball into any area at the time a minor league game is scheduled.