Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Phillies send 1B Jim Thome and cash to the White Sox in exchange for OF Aaron Rowand and minor league Ps Giovany Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood. The move signals the end of Frank Thomas in a White Sox uniform.
Bob Betts‚ the PA announcer whose distinctive baritone made him synonymous with Brewers baseball at Milwaukee County Stadium‚ dies at the age of 70. Betts announced the home games for 23 seasons.
Chicago OF Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of the Year‚ gathering 16 of the 18 votes. Kansas City P Jim Nash gets the other 2. Agee had been brought up briefly the past 4 seasons before finding a permanent spot this year.
Branch Rickey‚ President of the Continental League‚ sends a telegram to Joe Cronin‚ American League prexy‚ declaring his disappointment with Cronin's wire of November 20. "You must know of course that‚ almost alone‚ the American League's widely publicized position on alleged expansion has forestalled completion of the Continental League. I have so state repeatedly and publicly for the past several weeks. However‚ I must admit that the Commissioner's completely negative attitude toward a third Major League has made an effective contribution to our forced delay and his continuous statement of preference for internal expansion hurts even more."
Five groups totaling 23 players‚ managers‚ umpires‚ and writers visit war theaters as part of the USO program. Included are Mel Ott‚ Dutch Leonard‚ Frankie Frisch‚ Bucky Walters‚ Harry Heilmann‚ Carl Hubbell‚ Freddie Fitzsimmons‚ Bill Summers‚ Beans Reardon‚ Johnny Lindell‚ Tuck Stainback‚ Steve O'Neill‚ Leo Durocher‚ Joe Medwick‚ Nick Etten‚ Dixie Walker‚ Paul Waner‚ and Rip Sewell.
Commissioner Landis rules that Phillies owner William D. Cox is permanently ineligible to hold office or be employed in baseball for having bet on games‚ even though it was for his own team to win. The Carpenter family of Delaware will buy the Philadelphia club and Bob Carpenter‚ age 28‚ will become president. The Phils‚ in an effort to change their image‚ will conduct a contest for a new name.
At the Polo Grounds‚ St. Louis Browns OF Red Badgro‚ playing for the NFL New York Giants‚ catches a TD pass against the Green Bay Packers. It is Badgro's 3rd TD catch of the season‚ all from Benny Friedman. In 1981‚ Badgro will be elected to the Hall of Fame-for football.
Cotton States League umpire Edward dies. The cause of death is supposedly a throat injury caused by a foul tip.
Before what one writer claims is "the largest gathering in California history" (15‚000 - 20‚000)‚ Oakland wins the California League pennant by beating San Francisco amid much confusion on the final day of the season. San Francisco tied for the pennant by winning 3 in a row‚ so for the final game Oakland hires ringers Willard Brown‚ George Van Haltren‚ and Cliff Carroll. San Francisco refuses to play so the ump awards the game to Oakland. To appease the crowd‚ the clubs play a game with their regular nines. Oakland wins‚ 5-4‚ behind 32-game winner Bill Coughlan.