Bob O'Farrell is named to replace Rogers Hornsby as the Cardinal manager. The 'Rajah', who guided the Redbirds to a World Championship as the team's player-manager last season, was traded to the Giants eight days ago for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring.
Buddy Lewis wins the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Burma War Theater. During World War II, the Senator third baseman flew more than 500 missions for the U.S. Army Air Force as a transport pilot.
After Representative Kenneth B. Keating, a member of the House's Antitrust Subcommittee, indicates Congress should reopen its sports hearing, CBS announces it will not broadcast major league games into any area at the time a minor league game is scheduled. The television network has entered an agreement with six teams - Indians, Orioles, Phillies, Reds, White Sox, and Yankees - to telecast major league games nationally on Sundays next season.
In a swap of first basemen, the Reds deal fan-favorite Ted Kluszewski to the Pirates for Dee Fondy, who will retire at the end of the season after hitting just .218 for Cincinnati. Big Klu' will play a season-and-a-half for his new team, before being traded to the White Sox during the 1959 pennant stretch, where he will play a pivotal role for the eventual World Champions.
Free-agent Warren Cromartie signs a $2.5 million contract with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. The 30 year-old former Expo outfielder, considered to be best American player to date to leave the majors in his prime to play in Japan, will compile a .321 batting average along with 171 home runs and 558 RBIs during his seven seasons with the Nippon team.
In the century's fourth-largest trade, the biggest since 1957, the Astros and Padres exchange a dozen players. Houston sends Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams, and a player to be named later (Sean Fesh) for Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier, and Craig Shipley.
The Tigers acquire two players when the team signs free-agent Gregg Jefferies to a two-year contract and trades outfield prospect Luis Gonzalez to the Diamondbacks for Karim Garcia. Jeffries finish his controversial 14-year major league career in Detroit with a lifetime .289 batting average.
Outgoing New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces the Yankees and Mets have reached a tentative agreement with the city to build a pair of $800 million, retractable-roof stadiums. Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg, who is concerned if the Big Apple can afford what is believed to be the largest private-public venture in baseball history, will have final word on the $1.6 billion cost of the proposed new ballparks agreements.
The White Sox and starter Jon Garland (18-10, 3.50) sign a three-year, $29 million contract. The deal to stay with the 2005 World Series champions, which takes him off the profitable free agent market next year, avoids salary arbitration and keeps the 26 year-old right-hander in the city he loves.
The Diamondbacks send Troy Glaus and highly touted infield prospect Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays in exchange for Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson and starter Miguel Batista. Toronto’s active off-season, in which the team has also signed starter A.J. Burnett, closer B.J. Ryan, and first baseman Lyle Overbay, convinced the third baseman to waive his limited no-trade clause.