1966 December

1st  Dodgers SS Maury Wills is traded to the Pirates for SS Gene Michael and 3B Bob Bailey. A deal has been expected since he bolted the Los Angeles trip to Japan.

2nd  California trades P Dean Chance and a player to be named to the Twins for OF Jimmie Hall, 1B Don Mincher, and P Pete Cimino.

3rdThe Senators bring Camilo Pascual, along with Bernie Allen, back to Washington sending Minnesota P Ron Kline in exchange.

5th  Bill DeWitt sells the Reds to a group of Cincinnati investors, headed by Francis Dale,  for an estimated $7 million. In two weeks, they hire Bob Howsam away from the Cardinals to be GM.

7th  The Cubs trade P Dick Ellsworth to the Phils for P Ray Culp and cash.

8th  Five years after breaking Ruth’s record, the Yankees trade OF Roger Maris to the Cardinals for journeyman 3B Charlie Smith. In 2 days, the Yanks send Pedro Ramos the Phils for P Joe Verbanic.

12th  By a 4–3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review Wisconsin’s suit to prevent the Braves’ move to Atlanta, thereby retaining baseball’s “umbrella” under antitrust laws.

13th  The Giants trade P Bob Priddy and OF Cap Peterson to the Senators for P Mike McCormick. McCormick will win the Cy Young in 1967.

14thThe Cards send Walt “no neck” Williams and P Don Dennis to the White Sox for C John Romano and P Lee White. Williams hit .330 in each of the past 2 seasons at Tulsa.

15thThe Reds trade Jim O’Toole to the White Sox for OF Floyd Robinson. O’Toole won 94 games with the Reds in 10 seasons, but there is not much gas left in the tank. He’ll go 4-3 in 15 games with the Sox and call it quits at 30.

20th  The Yankees acquire SS Dick Howser from Cleveland for minor leaguer Gil Downs and cash.

31st  After 15 seasons with the Braves in 3 different cities, 3B Eddie Mathews is traded to the Astros, with P Arnie Umbach and a player to be named, for P Bob Bruce and OF Dave Nicholson.