The Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, who won 21 games at age 41 in 1908, to the Cleveland Naps for pitchers Charlie Chech and Jack Ryan and $12,500. The namesake of the CY Young Award will win 19 games for the Naps in the coming season.
1981 Arbitrator Raymond Goetz supports the MLBPA grievance and declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent on the grounds that the club mailed his 1981 contract two days after the December 20 deadline. Fisk was signed by the White Sox on March 18, 1981.
1973 Orlando Cepeda signs with the Boston Red Sox, making him the first player signed by a team specifically to be a designated hitter. His slash line will be .289/.350/.444 with 20 HRs and 86 RBI in his one Beantown season.
The Red Sox trade for hard-hitting Jackie Jensen, sending Maury McDermott and Tom Umphlett to the Washington Senators. Jensen will average 25 home runs a year in his seven seasons at Fenway, lead the AL in RBI three times, and win the MVP award in 1958.
Carl Yastrzemski plays in his 3,000th major league game, scoring the winning run in the Red Sox 8-7 triumph over the Indians. Yaz joins Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron as the only major leaguers to appear in 3,000 games.
In his first MLB game, Ted Williams hit a 400-foot double in four at-bats as the Boston Red Sox lost, 2-0, to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The 20-year-old Williams will lead the circuit with 145 RBI that season and boast a. 327 batting average. His average will not be below that mark until 1950.
Two future Hall of Famers make their MLB debuts for the Philadelphia Athletics in the same game. Lefty Grove starts against the Boston Red Sox and leaves in the fourth after walking four and striking out nobody. He gives up five runs on six hits. In the eighth, Mickey Cochrane pinch-hits for catcher Cy Perkins, singles, and stays in…
Arbitrator Raymond Goetz supports the MLB Players’ Association and declares Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent on the grounds that the club mailed his 1981 contract two days after the December 20 deadline. Fisk was signed by the Chicago White Sox on March 18, 1981. As the season got under way, Fisk was interviewed by the media…