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Ken O'Dea from the Chronology
Dec 11, 1941 - Cardinals GM Branch Rickey possibly motivated by a clause in his contract that gives him 20% of the team's profits trades slugger Johnny Mize to the Giants for three players-Bill Lohrman Ken O'Dea and Johnny McCarthy -- as well as $50000. Mize's home run production had fallen from 43 to 16 in 1941 but he will adjust to the Polo Grounds and lead the National League in 1947-48. Yesterday Rickey sold C/OF Don Padgett to Brooklyn for $30000. Padgett will enter the Navy without playing a game for the Dodgers and Brooklyn will try unsuccessfully to get their money back from the Cards.
May 14, 1939 - Making his first appearance since elbow surgery in August 1938 Carl Hubbell pitches New York to a 2-1 win over the Phillies. Catcher Ken O'Dea hits a 10th inning HR to win it for King Carl.
Dec 6, 1938 - In a trade of major names the Giants send Dick Bartell Hank Lieber and Gus Mancuso to the Cubs for Billy Jurges Frank Demaree and Ken O'Dea. The trade works best for the Giants as the New York-born Jurges will anchor the infield for 7 years; Chicago-born Bartell lasts just a season at Wrigley.
Aug 13, 1937 - The Hellenic Societies of Chicago hold a day for Alex Kampouris of the visiting Reds. He gets a car and the Cubs get a 22-6 win as Kampouris makes 3 errors and fans twice. The Reds total eight errors and the league-leading Cubs total 22 hits-four each by Frank Demaree and Ken O'Dea. Charlie Root is the winner over Bill Hallahan who started the fateful 4th inning when the Cubs score 9 runs on 8 hits and 4 errors.
Jun 20, 1936 - At Brooklyn the Cubs Ken O'Dea breaks a 4-4 tie with a 9th inning pinch single and Chicago wins 6-4 extending its winning streak to 14 games. The lowly Dodgers knock starter Bill Lee out in the 2nd but relievers Larry French and Charley Root are effective in holding the hosts in check.
Jul 30, 1935 - The Pirates fry Larry French former Buc pitcher for 4 runs in the 1st inning but the red-hot Cubs win 9-6. Bill Lee relieves French and allows just 4 hits after the opening inning. The game features a brawl between Billy Jurges and the Cubs reserve catcher Wally Stephenson. The fight earns Stephenson a quick trip back to Chicago but when Hartnett hurts his ankle the combative catcher will be told to rejoin the team in Cincinnati to back up Ken O'Dea. Hartnett won't return to the lineup till August 11.
Jun 15, 1935 - The Cubs rattle 18 hits off 4 Brooklyn pitchers to win 9-4. Bill Lee allows no earned runs in the victory. Stan Hack is 4-for-4 + getting hit with a pitch; he had three straight hits to end yesterday giving him 7 straight. Rookie Ken O'Dea belts a 3-run homer.