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1939 Major League Baseball Transactions

All Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.
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 5, 1939

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.

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 4, 1939

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.

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.

April 4, 1939 Standings

Baltimore (International) sent Harry Matuzak to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of a conditional deal.

April 8, 1939 Standings
April 9, 1939 Standings

Minneapolis (American Association) returned Les Tietje to the St. Louis Browns following previous purchase. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Brooklyn Dodgers selected Boots Poffenberger off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

April 10, 1939 Standings

Lou Tost assigned by the St. Louis Browns to Hollywood (PCL).

The New York Giants purchased Johnny Dickshot from the Boston Bees.

April 16, 1939 Standings

The Philadelphia Phillies returned Harry Matuzak to Baltimore (International) as part of a conditional deal.

April 20, 1939 Standings
April 23, 1939 Standings

The Cleveland Indians signed Luke Sewell as a free agent.

April 24, 1939 Standings

Milwaukee (American Association) purchased Oliver Hill from the Boston Bees.

April 26, 1939 Standings

Atlanta (Southern Association) purchased Stan Sperry from the Philadelphia Athletics.

April 27, 1939 Standings

The St. Louis Browns purchased Tommy Thompson from the Chicago White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox selected Eddie Smith off waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics.

May, 1939 Standings

Eddie Stanky sent from the Philadelphia Athletics to the Brooklyn Dodgers in an unknown transaction. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

May 1, 1939 Standings

The Washington Senators selected Bud Thomas off waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics.

May 3, 1939 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Lyn Lary from the Cleveland Indians.

May 5, 1939 Standings

The Cincinnati Reds signed Jimmie Wilson as a free agent.

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Gene Schott off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

May 8, 1939 Standings
May 9, 1939 Standings

Jim Weaver assigned by the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Browns.

The St. Louis Browns purchased Les Fleming from the Detroit Tigers.

The New York Giants purchased Red Lynn from the Detroit Tigers.

May 13, 1939 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers released Tony Lazzeri. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The St. Louis Browns traded Beau Bell, Red Kress, Bobo Newsom and Jim Walkup to the Detroit Tigers for Mark Christman, George Gill, Bob Harris, Vern Kennedy, Chet Laabs and Roxie Lawson.

May 14, 1939 Standings

The New York Giants signed Tony Lazzeri as a free agent.

Toronto (International) purchased Russ Van Atta from the St. Louis Browns.

May 15, 1939 Standings

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

May 16, 1939 Standings
May 18, 1939 Standings

Hollywood (PCL) purchased Bob Kahle from the Boston Bees.

The Detroit Tigers selected Bud Thomas off waivers from the Washington Senators.

May 25, 1939 Standings
May 28, 1939 Standings
May 29, 1939 Standings
June 2, 1939 Standings
June 6, 1939 Standings
June 7, 1939 Standings

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Chuck Klein as a free agent.

The New York Giants released Tony Lazzeri.

The Pittsburgh Pirates released Heinie Manush.

June 9, 1939 Standings

The Philadelphia Phillies traded Jennings Poindexter and cash to Atlanta (Southern Association) for Jack Bolling.

June 11, 1939 Standings
June 13, 1939 Standings

Toronto (International) purchased Mel Mazzera from the St. Louis Browns.

The St. Louis Browns traded Roy Hughes and cash to the New York Yankees for Joe Gallagher.

June 14, 1939 Standings

Baltimore (International) purchased Nick Etten from the Philadelphia Athletics.

The Boston Red Sox purchased Roy Parmelee from the Philadelphia Athletics.

The Detroit Tigers traded Harry Eisenstat and cash to the Cleveland Indians for Earl Averill.

The Cincinnati Reds traded Earl Cook and cash to the Cleveland Indians for Art Jacobs.

June 15, 1939 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Mel Almada from the St. Louis Browns for $25,000.

The Philadelphia Phillies purchased Bill Kirksieck from the Boston Red Sox.

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Bill Schuster and cash to the Boston Bees for Elbie Fletcher.

The Brooklyn Dodgers selected Gene Schott off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

June 17, 1939 Standings

Fred Sington assigned by the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Boston Red Sox.

June 20, 1939 Standings
June 25, 1939 Standings

The Chicago Cubs purchased Bill Nicholson from the Washington Senators for $35,000.

July, 1939 Standings

Randy Gumpert sent from the Philadelphia Athletics to the New York Yankees in an unknown transaction.

July 3, 1939 Standings
July 13, 1939 Standings
July 15, 1939 Standings

Skeeter Scalzi of the Cleveland Indians granted free agency. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

July 18, 1939 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers traded a player to be named later and $35000 and 3 players to the Boston Red Sox for Pee Wee Reese. The Brooklyn Dodgers sent Red Evans (September 1, 1939) to the Boston Red Sox to complete the trade.

July 21, 1939 Standings

The New York Giants signed Skeeter Scalzi as a free agent.

Toronto (International) purchased Jim Walkup from the Detroit Tigers.

July 24, 1939 Standings

The Brooklyn Dodgers selected Dixie Walker off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

July 28, 1939 Standings
July 31, 1939 Standings

The Pittsburgh Pirates purchased Johnny Gee from Syracuse (International).

August, 1939 Standings

The Cincinnati Reds purchased Johnny Niggeling from Indianapolis (American Association).

August 2, 1939 Standings

The St. Louis Browns selected Moose Solters off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.

August 5, 1939 Standings

The Philadelphia Phillies purchased Bud Hafey from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds traded players to be named later and $40,000 to the New York Yankees for Vince DiMaggio. The Cincinnati Reds sent Frenchy Bordagaray (January 27, 1940) and Nino Bongiovanni (January 27, 1940) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

August 7, 1939 Standings

The Cleveland Indians purchased Rusty Peters from Atlanta (Southern Association).

August 12, 1939 Standings

The Philadelphia Athletics purchased Herman Besse from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Boston Red Sox purchased Bill Butland from Minneapolis (American Association).

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Al Hollingsworth from the New York Yankees.

August 14, 1939 Standings

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Lyn Lary off waivers from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

August 15, 1939 Standings

The Chicago Cubs purchased Dom Dallessandro from San Diego (PCL).

August 17, 1939 Standings
August 18, 1939 Standings

The Philadelphia Phillies purchased Bennie Warren from Baltimore (International).

August 19, 1939 Standings

The Philadelphia Phillies purchased Peaches Davis from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Washington Senators purchased Jimmy Pofahl from Minneapolis (American Association).

The Cincinnati Reds selected Milt Shoffner off waivers from the Boston Bees.

August 22, 1939 Standings

The Detroit Tigers purchased Clay Smith from the Cleveland Indians.

August 23, 1939 Standings

The New York Giants purchased Johnny Rucker from Atlanta (Southern Association).

August 31, 1939 Standings

The Cincinnati Reds purchased Al Simmons from the Boston Bees.

September, 1939 Standings
September 5, 1939 Standings

The Chicago White Sox purchased Scat Metha from Fort Worth (Texas).

September 6, 1939 Standings

The St. Louis Browns purchased Jake Wade from the Boston Red Sox.

September 7, 1939 Standings

The New York Giants traded Jimmy Ripple to the Brooklyn Dodgers for a player to be named later. The Brooklyn Dodgers sent Ray Hayworth (September 9, 1939) to the New York Giants to complete the trade.

September 8, 1939 Standings

The Chicago Cubs purchased Clyde McCullough from the New York Yankees.

The New York Yankees traded Al Piechota to the Boston Bees for a player to be named later. The Boston Bees sent Joe Callahan (June 17, 1940) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

September 10, 1939 Standings

The New York Giants released Dick Coffman. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

September 12, 1939 Standings

The Detroit Tigers selected Cotton Pippen off waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics.

September 25, 1939 Standings
October, 1939 Standings

The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Del Wilber from Findlay (Ohio State) in the 1939 minor league draft. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

October 3, 1939 Standings

The Philadelphia Athletics drafted Johnny Babich from the New York Yankees in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The New York Giants drafted Paul Dean from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The Washington Senators drafted Paul Gehrman from the Cincinnati Reds in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The Philadelphia Athletics drafted Chief Hogsett from Minneapolis (American Association) in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Si Johnson from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Dick Lanahan from the Washington Senators in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The Chicago Cubs drafted Jake Mooty from Syracuse (International) in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The Detroit Tigers drafted Tom Seats from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Lefty Smoll from Atlanta (Southern Association) in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The St. Louis Browns drafted Alan Strange from Seattle (PCL) in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The Boston Bees drafted Nick Strincevich from the New York Yankees in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

The Chicago White Sox drafted Tom Turner from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1939 rule 5 draft.

October 9, 1939 Standings

Toronto (International) drafted Milt Gray from the Boston Bees in the 1939 minor league draft.

October 14, 1939 Standings

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Bob Prichard from the Washington Senators in the 1939 minor league draft.

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Hank Sauer from the New York Yankees in the 1939 minor league draft.

October 15, 1939 Standings

The Washington Senators drafted Ox Miller from the St. Louis Browns in the 1939 minor league draft.

October 18, 1939
October 19, 1939

The Cincinnati Reds released Al Simmons.

October 25, 1939
October 27, 1939
October 31, 1939

Atlanta (Southern Association) purchased Bill Kirksieck from the Philadelphia Phillies.

November 12, 1939

The Boston Red Sox purchased Dom DiMaggio from San Francisco (PCL).

November 28, 1939

The Boston Bees purchased Bob Loane from the Washington Senators.

December 4, 1939
December 5, 1939

The Boston Bees selected Bud Bates off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

December 6, 1939

Syracuse (International) purchased Merv Connors from the Chicago White Sox.

Atlanta (Southern Association) purchased Tom Hafey from the New York Giants.

The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Red Jones from the New York Giants.

The Cincinnati Reds traded Les Scarsella and cash to the Boston Bees for Jim Turner.

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Jim Tobin and cash to the Boston Bees for Johnny Lanning.

The Chicago Cubs traded Dick Bartell to the Detroit Tigers for Billy Rogell.

December 7, 1939

The New York Giants purchased Wayne Ambler from the Philadelphia Athletics.

Portland (PCL) purchased Lindsay Brown from the Cincinnati Reds.

December 8, 1939
December 9, 1939

The Detroit Tigers traded Benny McCoy to the Philadelphia Athletics for Wally Moses. Trade was voided and players returned on January 14, 1940.

December 15, 1939
December 17, 1939
December 23, 1939

The Chicago Cubs released Carl Reynolds.

December 26, 1939

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Boze Berger from the Boston Red Sox.

December 27, 1939
December 29, 1939

The St. Louis Browns purchased Norm Schlueter from the Chicago White Sox.

The St. Louis Browns purchased Hank Steinbacher from the Chicago White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox traded Jesse Landrum, Tony Rensa and cash to Oklahoma City (Texas) for Don Kolloway.

1940

The St. Louis Browns signed Hank Arft as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Bud Byerly as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Tommy Byrne as an amateur free agent.

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Pete Castiglione as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Mike Clark as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Browns signed Ray Coleman as an amateur free agent.

The Detroit Tigers signed Dick Conger as an amateur free agent.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Chuck Connors as an amateur free agent.

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Billy Cox as an amateur free agent.

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Cot Deal as an amateur free agent.

The Detroit Tigers signed Joe Erautt as an amateur free agent.

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

The Detroit Tigers signed Bob Gillespie as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Tex Hoyle as an amateur free agent.

The Boston Red Sox signed Larry Jansen as an amateur free agent.

The Boston Red Sox signed Earl Johnson as an amateur free agent.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed George Kell as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Lou Klein as an amateur free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds signed Chuck Kress as an amateur free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds signed Johnny Kucab as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Cliff Mapes as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Browns signed Babe Martin as an amateur free agent.

The Boston Bees signed Frank McElyea as an amateur free agent.

The Washington Senators signed Jack Merson as an amateur free agent.

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

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

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Al Papai as an amateur free agent.

The Boston Red Sox signed Johnny Pesky as an amateur free agent.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Bob Ramazzotti as an amateur free agent.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Earl Rapp as an amateur free agent.

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Don Richmond as an amateur free agent.

The Washington Senators signed Ray Scarborough as an amateur free agent.

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andy Seminick as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Spec Shea as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Elmer Singleton as an amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees signed Snuffy Stirnweiss as an amateur free agent.

The St. Louis Browns signed Marlin Stuart as an amateur free agent.

The Boston Red Sox signed Jocko Thompson as an amateur free agent.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Ben Wade as an amateur free agent.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Wally Westlake as an amateur free agent.

The Cleveland Indians signed Gene Woodling as an amateur free agent.

The Chicago Cubs signed Hank Wyse as an amateur free agent.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Danny Litwhiler as a free agent.

The Philadelphia Phillies obtained Nick Etten from Baltimore (International) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The Philadelphia Athletics obtained Dick Fowler from Toronto (International) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The Philadelphia Athletics obtained Phil Marchildon from Toronto (International) as part of a minor league working agreement.

The Washington Senators returned Mickey Livingston to Springfield (Eastern) after expiration of minor league working agreement.

The Cleveland Indians returned Hal White to Buffalo (International) after expiration of minor league working agreement.

The Washington Senators purchased Mike Dejan from the New York Yankees for $750.

The Washington Senators released Ben Geraghty. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

Hal Erickson sent from Lewiston (Pioneer) to the Cincinnati Reds in an unknown transaction.

Ed Klieman sent from the Cincinnati Reds to the Cleveland Indians in an unknown transaction.

Harry Walker sent from the Philadelphia Phillies to the St. Louis Cardinals in an unknown transaction.

The Cleveland Indians returned Sal Maglie to Buffalo (International) after expiration of minor league working agreement.

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

January 4, 1940

The Cincinnati Reds traded Lee Grissom to the New York Yankees for Joe Beggs.

The St. Louis Browns selected Johnny Niggeling off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

January 10, 1940
January 14, 1940

Ed Albosta of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Roy Cullenbine of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Guy Curtright of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Dutch Dietz of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Cal Dorsett of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Al Gardella of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Danny Gardella of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Paul Gillespie of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Buddy Hancken of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Jim Hickey of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Johnny Johnson of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Dale Jones of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Pat McLaughlin of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

George Metkovich of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Bill Mueller of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Dee Phillips of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Steve Rachunok of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Johnny Sain of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Bryan Stephens of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Tommy Tatum of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

Ed Weiland of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

The Philadelphia Athletics traded to the Detroit Tigers for unknown compensation. Trade was voided and players returned on January 14, 1940.

Benny McCoy of the Detroit Tigers granted free agency.

January 18, 1940

The Chicago Cubs purchased Dick Bass from the Washington Senators.

January 20, 1940
January 22, 1940

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Ray Harrell off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

January 23, 1940
January 26, 1940
January 27, 1940

The Cleveland Indians signed Paul Calvert as a free agent.

January 29, 1940

The Cincinnati Reds signed Dutch Dietz as a free agent.

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Benny McCoy as a free agent.

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Pat McLaughlin as a free agent.

The Chicago White Sox signed Ed Weiland as a free agent.

January 30, 1940
January 31, 1940

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Tex Carleton from Milwaukee (American Association).

The Boston Red Sox released Moe Berg.

February 1, 1940

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Ed Albosta as a free agent.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Steve Rachunok as a free agent.

February 2, 1940

The Boston Bees signed Jim Hickey as a free agent.

February 5, 1940

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Roy Cullenbine as a free agent.

February 6, 1940
February 8, 1940

The St. Louis Browns purchased Elden Auker from the Boston Red Sox.

February 12, 1940

The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased Joe Vosmik from the Boston Red Sox for $25,000.

February 13, 1940

The Boston Bees signed George Metkovich as a free agent.

February 15, 1940

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Buddy Hancken as a free agent.

February 23, 1940

The Detroit Tigers selected Lynn Nelson off waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics.

February 24, 1940

LeGrant Scott assigned by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Cincinnati Reds.

The Philadelphia Phillies traded Jim Shilling and $15,000 to the New York Yankees for Ed Levy. Ed Levy returned to original team on April 27, 1940.

March, 1940

The Cleveland Indians signed Cal Dorsett as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

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

The New York Yankees signed Johnny Johnson as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Dale Jones as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Chicago White Sox signed Dee Phillips as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

Nashville (Southern Association) signed Johnny Sain as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Cleveland Indians signed Bryan Stephens as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

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

The Pittsburgh Pirates released Chuck Klein.

The Philadelphia Phillies traded a player to be named later and plus additional compensation to the New York Yankees for Ham Schulte. The Philadelphia Phillies sent George Scharein (May 3, 1940) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

March 3, 1940

The Pittsburgh Pirates purchased Debs Garms from the Boston Bees.

March 20, 1940
March 21, 1940

The St. Louis Browns signed George Susce as a free agent.

March 23, 1940

Buffalo (International) purchased Jimmy Outlaw from the Boston Bees.

March 26, 1940

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Chuck Klein as a free agent.

The Boston Bees released Red Barkley.

The Boston Bees returned Bud Bates to the Philadelphia Phillies following previous waiver selection.

March 28, 1940

San Francisco (PCL) purchased Al Epperly from the Chicago Cubs.

Seattle (PCL) purchased Bill Schuster from the Boston Bees.

March 30, 1940

Minneapolis (American Association) purchased Al Williams from the Washington Senators.

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