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1938 Major League Baseball Transactions

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Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.
November 5, 1937

Baltimore (International) purchased Nolen Richardson from the New York Yankees.

The Philadelphia Athletics traded players to be named later to Oakland (PCL) for Dario Lodigiani. The Philadelphia Athletics sent Jesse Hill (November 5, 1937), Bill Conroy (November 5, 1937), Hal Luby (November 5, 1937), George Turbeville (December 27, 1937) and Eddie Yount (December 27, 1937) to Oakland (PCL) to complete the trade.

November 16, 1937

Baltimore (International) purchased Phil Weintraub from the New York Giants.

December, 1937

The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Clem Dreisewerd from the New York Giants in the 1937 minor league draft.

The New York Yankees traded Bob Swift and cash to the St. Louis Browns for Stan Keyes (minors).

December 1, 1937

Louisville (American Association) purchased Ed Madjeski from the New York Giants.

The Washington Senators traded Ed Linke to the St. Louis Browns for Chief Hogsett.

December 2, 1937

Memphis (Southern Association) purchased John Bottarini from the Chicago Cubs.

The Pittsburgh Pirates purchased Ben Cantwell from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Nashville (Southern Association) purchased Hub Walker from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Detroit Tigers traded Marv Owen, Mike Tresh and Gee Walker to the Chicago White Sox for Vern Kennedy, Tony Piet and Dixie Walker.

The St. Louis Browns traded Joe Vosmik to the Boston Red Sox for Red Kress, Buster Mills and Bobo Newsom.

December 3, 1937
December 4, 1937
December 6, 1937

Montreal (International) purchased Gilly Campbell from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Boston Bees purchased Johnny Niggeling from the New York Yankees.

December 8, 1937
December 13, 1937
December 15, 1937

San Francisco (PCL) purchased Lou Koupal from the St. Louis Browns.

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded a player to be named later, Bernard Cobb (minors), Tom Padden and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for Johnny Rizzo. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Bud Hafey (December 15, 1937) to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the trade.

December 22, 1937

Baltimore (International) purchased Orville Jorgens from the Philadelphia Phillies.

December 29, 1937

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Al Smith off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

1938

The Boston Bees signed Woody Abernathy as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Browns signed Floyd Baker as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Lou Boudreau as an amateur free agent.

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Sam Chapman as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Erv Dusak as an amateur free agent.

The Chicago Cubs signed Jesse Flores as an amateur free agent.

The Detroit Tigers signed Danny Gardella as an amateur free agent.

The New York Giants signed Sid Gordon as an amateur free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds signed Earl Harrist as an amateur free agent.

The Boston Red Sox signed Mickey Harris as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Jim Hegan as an amateur free agent.

The Washington Senators signed Sid Hudson as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Clyde Kluttz as an amateur free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds signed Al Lakeman as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Bob Lemon as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Eddie Malone as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Stan Musial as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Mel Queen as an amateur free agent.

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Pee Wee Reese as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Preacher Roe as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Johnny Schmitz as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Browns signed Vern Stephens as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Max Surkont as an amateur free agent.

The Chicago White Sox signed Harry Taylor as an amateur free agent.

The Detroit Tigers signed Virgil Trucks as an amateur free agent.

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Elmer Valo as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Ted Wilks as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Browns signed Al Zarilla as an amateur free agent.

The Philadelphia Athletics obtained Les McCrabb from Wilkes-Barre (Eastern) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Harry Brecheen from the Chicago Cubs.

The Cleveland Indians purchased Dixie Howell from Logan (Mountain States).

Milo Candini sent from El Paso (Arizona-Texas) to the New York Yankees in an unknown transaction.

Joe Dobson sent from Troy (Alabama-Florida) to the Cleveland Indians in an unknown transaction.

Aaron Robinson sent from Snow Hill (Coastal Plain) to the New York Yankees in an unknown transaction.

Emil Verban sent from the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals in an unknown transaction.

January 8, 1938

The Boston Bees released Bob Smith.

January 20, 1938
February 2, 1938
February 3, 1938

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Kiki Cuyler as a free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds released Bill Hallahan.

February 4, 1938

The Cincinnati Reds purchased Lonny Frey from the Chicago Cubs.

February 5, 1938

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Ray Benge as a free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Guy Bush from the Boston Bees.

February 7, 1938

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Bill Hallahan as a free agent.

February 10, 1938
February 11, 1938

The Boston Red Sox signed Pat Malone as a free agent.

February 12, 1938

The Chicago White Sox signed Lloyd Brown as a free agent.

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Mule Haas as a free agent.

February 15, 1938
February 16, 1938

The Boston Bees released Tommy Thevenow.

February 22, 1938

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Tommy Thevenow as a free agent.

February 24, 1938
March 6, 1938
March 10, 1938
March 18, 1938
March 24, 1938
March 25, 1938
March 31, 1938

Mike McCormick of the Cleveland Indians granted free agency.

Charley Stanceu of the Cleveland Indians granted free agency.

April, 1938

The Washington Senators signed Mike McCormick as a free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Charley Stanceu as a free agent.

April 1, 1938 Standings

Oscar Georgy of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

Loy Hanning of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

Earl Naylor of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

Dave Odom of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

Dykes Potter of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

Pete Reiser of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

Ernie Rudolph of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

Ray Thomas of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

Skeeter Webb of the St. Louis Cardinals granted free agency.

The Brooklyn Dodgers released Nick Polly.

April 3, 1938 Standings

The Washington Senators signed Goose Goslin as a free agent.

April 5, 1938 Standings

The Chicago Cubs signed Jack Russell as a free agent.

April 6, 1938 Standings

The Cleveland Indians signed Skeeter Webb as a free agent.

The Detroit Tigers released Izzy Goldstein.

April 14, 1938 Standings

Baltimore (International) purchased Leo Norris from the Philadelphia Phillies.

April 15, 1938 Standings

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Loy Hanning as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Earl Naylor as a free agent.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Dykes Potter as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Pete Reiser as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Ray Thomas as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Ernie Koy from the New York Yankees.

April 16, 1938 Standings
April 18, 1938 Standings
April 19, 1938 Standings

The Boston Bees signed Johnny Cooney as a free agent.

April 20, 1938 Standings

The Cincinnati Reds signed Ray Benge as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April 25, 1938 Standings
April 26, 1938 Standings
April 29, 1938 Standings
May 2, 1938 Standings

The Chicago White Sox purchased Frank Gabler from the Boston Bees.

The New York Giants purchased Tom Winsett from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

May 3, 1938 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Merv Shea as a free agent.

May 4, 1938 Standings

The Washington Senators selected Harry Kelley off waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics.

May 7, 1938 Standings
May 10, 1938 Standings

Atlanta (Southern Association) purchased Rusty Peters from the Philadelphia Athletics.

May 11, 1938 Standings

Indianapolis (American Association) purchased Johnny Niggeling from the Boston Bees.

May 12, 1938 Standings

The Cleveland Indians purchased Roy Johnson from the Boston Bees.

May 14, 1938 Standings
May 15, 1938 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers released Waite Hoyt.

The Brooklyn Dodgers released Roy Spencer.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Heinie Manush off waivers from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

May 20, 1938 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers selected Vito Tamulis off waivers from the St. Louis Browns.

May 23, 1938 Standings

The Boston Bees purchased Tommy Reis from the Philadelphia Phillies.

May 26, 1938 Standings
June 1, 1938 Standings

The New York Giants signed Oscar Georgy as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

June 4, 1938 Standings
June 6, 1938 Standings
June 9, 1938 Standings

Baltimore (International) traded Phil Weintraub to the Philadelphia Phillies for Gene Corbett.

June 10, 1938 Standings
June 11, 1938 Standings
June 13, 1938 Standings
June 14, 1938 Standings

The Boston Bees signed Art Kenney as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Browns released Ski Melillo.

June 15, 1938 Standings
June 19, 1938 Standings
June 20, 1938 Standings

The Boston Bees signed Sibby Sisti as an amateur free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

June 24, 1938 Standings

The New York Giants purchased Bob Seeds from the New York Yankees.

July, 1938 Standings

Bud Hafey sent from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Pittsburgh Pirates in an unknown transaction. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

July 8, 1938 Standings

The Cincinnati Reds selected Woody English off waivers from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

July 9, 1938 Standings
July 11, 1938 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Whit Wyatt from the Cleveland Indians.

The Brooklyn Dodgers traded Paul Chervinko, Art Parks and $10,000 to Montreal (International) for Gilly Campbell.

The Philadelphia Phillies traded Tuck Stainback to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Gibby Brack.

July 19, 1938 Standings
July 21, 1938 Standings

Baltimore (International) traded Nolen Richardson to the Cincinnati Reds for Justin Stein. Justin Stein returned to original team on August 4, 1938.

July 26, 1938 Standings

The Cincinnati Reds purchased Dick West from Baltimore (International).

July 30, 1938 Standings

The Chicago Cubs traded Bob Logan and cash to the Washington Senators for Vance Page.

August 1, 1938 Standings

The Cleveland Indians purchased Joe Gonzales from the Boston Red Sox.

The Boston Red Sox purchased Joe Heving from the Cleveland Indians.

The Boston Bees purchased Joe Stripp from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cincinnati Reds released Kiddo Davis.

The New York Giants traded Blondy Ryan and cash to Baltimore (International) for Bill Cissell.

August 2, 1938 Standings

The St. Louis Browns signed Glenn Liebhardt as a free agent.

The Boston Red Sox traded Johnny Marcum and $20,000 to Buffalo (International) for Bill Harris.

August 3, 1938 Standings

The New York Giants purchased Johnnie Wittig from Baltimore (International).

August 4, 1938 Standings

The Philadelphia Athletics purchased Bill Lillard from San Francisco (PCL).

Baltimore (International) traded to the Cincinnati Reds for unknown compensation. Justin Stein returned to original team on August 4, 1938.

August 8, 1938 Standings
August 9, 1938 Standings
August 10, 1938 Standings

The Boston Bees traded players to be named later, Gil English, Johnny Riddle and cash to the New York Yankees for Eddie Miller. The Boston Bees sent Bobby Reis (October 27, 1938), Tommy Reis (October 27, 1938), Johnny Babich (October 27, 1938) and Vince DiMaggio (February 4, 1939) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

August 12, 1938 Standings
August 14, 1938 Standings

The New York Yankees signed Wes Ferrell as a free agent.

The St. Louis Browns released Glenn Liebhardt.

August 15, 1938 Standings
August 17, 1938 Standings
August 23, 1938 Standings

The New York Giants purchased Rube Fischer from Sioux City (Nebraska State).

The Brooklyn Dodgers traded a player to be named later and cash to the Washington Senators for Fred Sington. The Brooklyn Dodgers sent Johnnie Chambers (January 5, 1939) to the Washington Senators to complete the trade.

August 28, 1938 Standings

The Pittsburgh Pirates purchased Bennie Warren from Gadsen (Southeastern).

August 31, 1938 Standings

The Boston Bees purchased Joe Sullivan from Toronto (International).

September 8, 1938 Standings

The Boston Bees signed Bama Rowell as a free agent.

The St. Louis Browns purchased Joe Grace from Memphis (Southern Association).

September 9, 1938 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Jimmy Outlaw from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Philadelphia Athletics traded Ace Parker and $20,000 to Baltimore (International) for Jim Reninger.

September 10, 1938 Standings

The Boston Bees purchased Oliver Hill from Atlanta (Southern Association).

The Philadelphia Athletics purchased Bob Joyce from Oakland (PCL).

The Boston Bees purchased Hank Majeski from the Chicago Cubs.

The St. Louis Browns purchased Lou Tost from Hollywood (PCL).

The Brooklyn Dodgers selected Jim Winford off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

September 14, 1938 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Don Ross from the Detroit Tigers.

Previous purchase of Jimmy Outlaw by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the Cincinnati Reds voided and player returned.

The Brooklyn Dodgers selected Ray Hayworth off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

September 22, 1938 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers released Merv Shea.

October 4, 1938 Standings

The Philadelphia Athletics drafted Bill Beckmann from Atlanta (Southern Association) in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Brooklyn Dodgers drafted Hugh Casey from Memphis (Southern Association) in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Brooklyn Dodgers drafted Red Evans from the New York Giants in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Philadelphia Athletics drafted Joe Gantenbein from Toronto (International) in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Washington Senators drafted Charlie Gelbert from the St. Louis Browns in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Detroit Tigers drafted Red Lynn from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Pinky May from the New York Yankees in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Philadelphia Athletics drafted Bill Nagel from Baltimore (International) in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Jimmy Outlaw from the Cincinnati Reds in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Philadelphia Athletics drafted Roy Parmelee from the Boston Red Sox in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Philadelphia Athletics drafted Cotton Pippen from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The Philadelphia Phillies drafted LeGrant Scott from the Washington Senators in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

The St. Louis Browns drafted Hal Spindel from Seattle (PCL) in the 1938 rule 5 draft.

October 26, 1938
November 5, 1938

Syracuse (International) purchased John Kroner from the Cleveland Indians.

November 19, 1938
December 6, 1938
December 7, 1938

The Philadelphia Phillies purchased Les Powers from the New York Giants.

The Chicago White Sox purchased Bobby Reis from the Boston Bees.

The Boston Red Sox purchased Phil Weintraub from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The New York Giants traded Mickey Haslin and cash to San Diego (PCL) for Manny Salvo.

December 8, 1938
December 10, 1938

The Chicago Cubs released Tony Lazzeri.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Tony Lazzeri as a free agent.

December 11, 1938
December 12, 1938

The Detroit Tigers traded Ed Selway (minors), George Archie, Tony Piet, Jo-Jo White and cash to Seattle (PCL) for Fred Hutchinson.

December 13, 1938
December 14, 1938

Seattle (PCL) purchased Gilly Campbell from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

December 15, 1938
December 16, 1938
December 17, 1938
December 19, 1938
December 21, 1938
December 29, 1938

The Boston Bees purchased Al Simmons from the Washington Senators for $3,000.

1939

The Cincinnati Reds signed Bobby Adams as an amateur free agent.

The Chicago Cubs signed Red Adams as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Ferrell Anderson as an amateur free agent.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Gene Bearden as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Johnny Blatnik as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Hank Borowy as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Joe Collins as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Browns signed Bob Dillinger as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed George Dockins as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Karl Drews as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Hank Edwards as an amateur free agent.

The Boston Red Sox signed Tommy Fine as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Steve Gromek as an amateur free agent.

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Gene Hermanski as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Billy Hitchcock as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Ralph Houk as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Bill Kennedy as an amateur free agent.

The Detroit Tigers signed Gene Markland as an amateur free agent.

The Washington Senators signed Walt Masterson as an amateur free agent.

The Detroit Tigers signed George Metkovich as an amateur free agent.

The Detroit Tigers signed Hal Newhouser as an amateur free agent.

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Ron Northey as an amateur free agent.

The Washington Senators signed Roberto Ortiz as an amateur free agent.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Johnny Ostrowski as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Howie Pollet as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Allie Reynolds as an amateur free agent.

The Washington Senators signed Sherry Robertson as an amateur free agent.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Stan Rojek as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Browns signed Fred Sanford as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Bud Souchock as an amateur free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds signed Clyde Vollmer as an amateur free agent.

The Chicago Cubs signed Eddie Waitkus as an amateur free agent.

The Chicago White Sox signed Jimmy Grant as a free agent.

The Philadelphia Phillies obtained Bobby Bragan from Pensacola (Southeastern) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The Chicago White Sox obtained Eddie Lopat from Shreveport (Texas) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The Cleveland Indians obtained Sal Maglie from Buffalo (International) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The St. Louis Browns obtained Jim Russell from Beaver Falls (Pennsylvania State Association) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The Boston Bees released Woody Abernathy.

The New York Giants released Tom Ferrick.

Ken Holcombe sent from Greensburg (Pennsylvania State Association) to the St. Louis Cardinals in an unknown transaction.

Stan Klopp sent from the Brooklyn Dodgers to ??? in an unknown transaction.

Mike Sandlock sent from Huntington (Mountain State) to the Boston Bees in an unknown transaction.

Bill Voiselle sent from Moultrie (Georgia-Florida) to the Boston Red Sox in an unknown transaction.

Hal White sent from Rome (Canadian-American) to the Cleveland Indians in an unknown transaction.

Phil Masi of the Cleveland Indians granted free agency.

The Washington Senators returned Mike McCormick to Indianapolis (American Association) after expiration of minor league working agreement.

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned Pee Wee Reese to Louisville (American Association) after expiration of minor league working agreement.

The Cleveland Indians returned Johnny Schmitz to Milwaukee (American Association) after expiration of minor league working agreement.

The Boston Bees signed Phil Masi as a free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds obtained Mike McCormick from Indianapolis (American Association) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The Boston Red Sox obtained Pee Wee Reese from Louisville (American Association) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The Chicago Cubs obtained Johnny Schmitz from Milwaukee (American Association) as part of a minor league working agreement.

January 13, 1939

Hollywood (PCL) purchased Harl Maggert from the Boston Bees.

January 14, 1939
January 21, 1939

Syracuse (International) purchased Tommy Heath from the St. Louis Browns.

January 24, 1939

The Chicago Cubs purchased Jim Gleeson from the New York Yankees for $25,000.

February 1, 1939
February 2, 1939
February 6, 1939

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Kemp Wicker from the New York Yankees for $50,000.

February 10, 1939

The Chicago Cubs purchased Julio Bonetti from the St. Louis Browns.

February 14, 1939

The Chicago Cubs signed Earl Whitehill as a free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds purchased Mel Preibisch from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

February 15, 1939

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed George Susce as a free agent.

February 16, 1939
February 17, 1939

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Dick Sisler as an amateur free agent.

February 18, 1939

Oklahoma City (Texas) purchased George Dickey from the Boston Red Sox.

The Chicago Cubs purchased Ken Jungels from the Cleveland Indians.

February 23, 1939

The New York Giants purchased Al Glossop from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds returned Woody English to the Brooklyn Dodgers following previous waiver selection.

The Chicago Cubs purchased Woody English from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

March 2, 1939

Minneapolis (American Association) purchased Les Tietje from the St. Louis Browns.

March 16, 1939
March 17, 1939

The Chicago Cubs purchased Charlie English from the Cincinnati Reds for $10,000.

March 20, 1939

Joe Mack assigned by the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals.

March 23, 1939
March 27, 1939
March 29, 1939

Syracuse (International) purchased Buck Jordan from the Philadelphia Phillies.

March 31, 1939

The Boston Bees sent Bob Kahle to the New York Yankees as part of a conditional deal.

The Brooklyn Dodgers traded Bill Posedel to the Boston Bees for Al Todd.

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