1954 February

1st The Milwaukee Braves send pitchers Johnny Antonelli, Don Liddle, infielder Billy Klaus, and C Ebba St. Claire to the New York Giants for OF Bobby Thomson and C Sam Calderone. Giant fans will howl in protest at the loss of Thomson, but will quiet down when Antonelli posts a sparkling 21–7 record.

2nd Mantle has his second operation since the end of last season, this one to remove a cyst behind the right knee.

5th In a swap of vets, the Orioles trade OF Johnny Groth and SS Johnny Lipon to the White Sox for OF Sam Mele and SS Neil Berry. Lipon will go to the Reds on April 18th for Grady Hatton and then retire after one NL at bat.

14th  Happy Valentine’s Day, Lou. Freddy Hutchinson, manager of the Tigers, wins the Baseball Players’ Golf tournament in Miami by beating Lou Kretlow, 2-up in match play. Kretlow upset Alvin Dark and then beat John Grey to make the finals, while Hutch beat Eddie Lopat. Ken Yount is winner in the minor league division, beating Carden Gillenwater, and he also has the lowest score of the tourney with a 73. Alvin Dark cards a 74 in the qualifying round, tops for active major leaguers. The low score was Maury McDermott, 101. Heinie Manush beats Paul Waner to win the senior division.

18th  The Washington Senators get Roy Sievers from the Orioles for Gil Coan.

23rd  The Cards purchase Vic Raschi from the Yankees for $85,000.