1975 December

4th  Ted Turner enters a tentative purchase agreement to buy the Atlanta Braves.

6th  The Houston Astros trade Dave Roberts, Milt May and Jim Crawford to the Tigers for Leon Roberts, Terry Humphrey, Gene Pentz and Mark Lemongello. May had a streak off 11 straight runners caught stealing this year.

9th The colorful Bill Veeck returns. A group headed by him buys 80 percent of the White Sox from John Allyn.

10th  Bill Veeck and assistant Roland Hemonds set up shop in the hotel lobby at the winter meetings with a sign saying “open for business” and start dealing, making 7 trades in 2 days. First to go is pitcher Jim Kaat and SS Mike Buskey to the Phillies. The Sox receive  pitchers Dick Ruthven and Roy Thomas along with OF/INF Alan Bannister.

11th  In two separate deals, the Yankees acquire pitchers Dock Ellis and Ken Brett, and 2B Willie Randolph from the Pirates for P Doc Medich; OF Mickey Rivers and P Ed Figueroa from the Angels for OF Bobby Bonds. Randolph will hold down 2B for a decade while Rivers will provide fine CF. Medich will go 8–11 before being traded.

The White send Bill Melton and Steve Dunning to California for 1B Jim Spencer and OF Morris Nettles.

12th  The Mets trade OF Rusty Staub and P Bill Laxton to the Tigers for P Mickey Lolich and OF Billy Baldwin. Lolich leaves Detroit after 13 years and 207 wins and remains the Tiger career leader in games started, strikeouts, and shutouts.

After being a White Sox for 2 days, Dick Ruthven goes to Atlanta, along with Danny Osborn.  Chicago receives Ralph Garr and Larvell Blanks. Blanks is then dealt to Cleveland for 2B Jack Brohamer.  The Sox then trade P Rich Hinton and C Jeff Sovern to the Reds for P Clay Carroll, and finish the day by shipping Lee Richard to the Cards for Buddy Bradford and P Greg Terlecky.

17th Veeck fires Chuck Tanner and hires old friend Paul Richards, 67, to manage the White Sox. Chuck Tanner then accepts a 3-year contract to manage Oakland.

23rd  Arbitrator Peter Seitz announces a landmark decision in favor of the Players’ Association, making pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents. Both players had played the 1975 season without signing a contract, as each tam renewed their contract without a signature. Seitz is immediately fired by John Gaherin, chairman of the owners’ Player Relations Committee. McNally, who retired June 8th, will not return to the ML, finishing with a 184-119 career record. McNally joined the suit at the request of Marvin Miller.