1965 December

1st  The KC Athletics, which waived young Joe Rudi to the Indians in May, got him back, along with backup C Phil Roof. The Indians receive veteran OF Jim Landis and P Jim Rittwage.  Rudi hit .254 at Dubuque this past season.

      The Giants send Matty Alou, coming off a .231 season, to the Pirates for P Joe Gibbon and infielder Ossie Virgil.  Alou will rebound to lead the NL in hitting and have 4 straight seasons over .331.

2nd  P Lindy McDaniel and OF Don Landrum are traded by the Cubs to the Giants for C Randy Hundley and P Bill Hands.

      Baltimore sends 1B Norm Siebern to the Angels for OF Dick Simpson.

4th  Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract with the Giants, signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000.

6th  Baltimore sends OF Jackie Brandt and P Darold Knowles to the Phillies for P Jack Baldschun.

9th  OF Frank Robinson is traded from Cincinnati to the Orioles for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and OF Dick Simpson. The Reds Bill DeWitt defends the trade by labeling Robinson “an old 30,”a concept that Robinson will quickly prove wrong.

      While giving a speech in Columbus, MO, Branch Rickey collapses and dies a few days short of his 84th birthday. Player, manager, an extraordinary judge of baseball talent, and a shrewd trader, he became perhaps the game’s most influential executive.

10th  The Pirates trade long-time Buc P Bob Friend to the Yankees for P Pete Mikkelson and cash.

12th  Roy Hofheinz fires manager Lum Harris (65-97). Grady Hatton takes over the Astros.

14th  Eddie Stanky is signed to manage the White Sox.

15th  Detroit trades P Phil Regan to the Dodgers for IF Dick Tracewski. Regan will lead the NL in saves in 1966 while winning 14 of 15 decisions.