1963 December

1st  ML owners agree to allow the expansion clubs 4 protected first-year players who can be optioned to the minors without being subject to a draft.

2nd  The Angels trade OF Leon Wagner to Cleveland for P Barry Latman and a player to be named later, who turns out to be Joe Adcock.

      The Houston Colt 45s draft minor league pitcher Jim Ray from Rochester (Baltimore Orioles).

      The ML Rules Committee bans oversized catcher’s mitts, effective in 1965.

      The Indianapolis and Little Rock franchises are transferred from the International League to the Pacific Coast League. The International League is reduced to eight clubs and the Pacific Coast League membership raised to 12 clubs.

3rd  OF Felipe Alou, C Ed Bailey, P Billy Hoeft, and a player to be named are sent by the Giants to the Braves for C Del Crandall and pitchers Bob Shaw and Bob Hendley.

4th  Cleveland trades OF Willie Kirkland to the Orioles for OF Al Smith and an estimated $25,000.

      Detroit P Jim Bunning is traded to the Phillies with C Gus Triandos for OF Don Demeter and P Jack Hamilton. Not a smart move for Detroit as Bunning will win 75 games for Philley over the next 4 seasons.

10th  Chicago’s 2B Nellie Fox is traded to the Colts for cash, P Jim Golden, and OF Danny Murphy.

12th  Minnesota LF Harmon Killebrew undergoes knee surgery.

14thThe Pirates swap Harvey Haddix to the Orioles for infielder Dick Yencha and cash.

19thThe Indians sell 27-year-old 1B/OF Walt Bond to Houston. Bond spent most of the last two seasons in AAA, but did hit .380 for Cleveland in 12 games this year.