Bobby Bonds (.264, 37, 115), made expendable when the team signed Lyman Bostock, is dealt by the Angels with Thad Bosley and Richard Dotson to the White Sox for backstop Brian Downing, Dave Frost, and Chris Knapp. The trade helps both teams, with Bonds filling the void created by the departure of free agents Richie Zisk and Oscar Gamble, and California gets a much-needed first-string catcher who will become a mainstay behind the plate for the Halos for 13 seasons.
Ron Santo is elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously by the Golden Era Committee, receiving 15 of its possible 16 votes. The former Cubs' third baseman, who played in the 1960s and early '70s, compiled a .277 lifetime batting average, won five Gold Gloves, and was a member of nine All-Star teams during his 15-year tenure in Chicago, including a season on the South Side with the White Sox.
The organ, played by the legendary Nancy Faust at Old Comiskey Park and the U.S. Cellular Field for over 3,000 games, is purchased by Red Sox organist Josh Kantor, who grew up in Chicago listening to her renditions of Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. The iconic instrument, used over 41 seasons, was put up for bid by the White Sox during their annual holiday charity auction at U.S. Cellular Field.
Golden Days Era Committee (considers candidates from 1950-69) select Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, and Tony Oliva, with Bud Fowler and Buck O'Neil chosen by the Early Baseball Era Committee (considers candidates before 1950) to be honored, along with David Ortiz, at the 2022 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown (NY). Dick Allen, who finished one vote short of being Hall Famer the last time the GDE committee met in 2014, misses again by the same margin on this year's ballot.