1947 November

14th The Pirates buy part-time infielder Stan Rojek from the Dodgers and install him as the starting shortstop.

17th In a major deal that helps the Red Sox, Boston ships Roy Partee, Jim Wilson, Al Widmar, Eddie Pellagrini, Pete Layden and Joe Ostrowski and $310,000 to the Browns for Jack Kramer and Vern Stephens. Stephens will lead the AL in RBIs in 2 of the next 3 seasons, collecting over 400 (430) RBIs in three years. No player will match that for the next fifty years.

The Pirates acquire 1B Johnny Hopp and 2B Danny Murtaugh from the Braves for C Bill Salkeld, P Al Lyons, and OF Jim Russell.

18th In their 2nd deal in two days with the Browns, the Red Sox trade Sam Dente, Clem Dreisewerd, Bill Sommers and $65,000 for pitcher Ellis Kinder and INF Billy Hitchcock. Kinder will win 23 games in 1949.

22nd The Senators swap Gerry Priddy to the Browns for Johnny Berardino, but Berardino announces that he is retiring to devote full-time to his movie career. Commissioner Chandler nullifies the deal and Berardino then un-retires. St. Louis won’t keep him for long. Priddy, who refused to sign a letter of support for manager Ossie Bluege in mid-season, will end up in St. Louis anyway when the Senators sell him for $25,000 on December 8.

25th Sam Breadon sells the Cardinal empire to Postmaster General Robert Hannegan and Fred Saigh. The price is in excess of $4 million with the new owners getting the Cardinal players, physical assets, 16 minor league franchises, $2.1 million in reserve funds and payment on a new ballpark site, 4 minor league parks, and the lease on Sportsman’s Park. Breadon had first acquired an interest in the Cardinals in 1917 and bought control in 1920 for an investment of $350,000.

27th Setting off a storm of controversy, Joe DiMaggio is named American League MVP by a single point over Ted Williams. Williams, the Triple Crown winner, receives 201 points, but is completely left off the ballot of one sportswriter. Williams, in his 1959 autobiography, accuses Mel Webb of being the villain: the Boston writer and Williams had feuded over the years. But another Boston writer, Harold Kaese, says that the 71-year-old Webb did not have a vote in 1947, and the culprit was a disgruntled midwest writer. A 10th-place vote would have given Williams the needed 2 points. DiMaggio receives 8 first place votes, Williams 3, Boudreau, 1, Page 7, McQuinn 3 and Joost, who hit .206 with 110 strikeouts, receives 2. Williams is selected The Sporting News Player of the Year.