1940 New York Yankees Post Season: The AL Teams votes again to keep Anti Yankees Trade rule
December 10, 1940- In Chicago at the MLB Winter Meetings, a curious trade rule that was designed to "Break up the Yankees" is continued by the American League, a rule which prohibits the team winning the championship from trading with any other 7 AL clubs. The trade ban rule was voted in at the 1939 December MLB winter meetings by the 7 other AL owners after the New York Yankees had won 4 straight World Series (1936-1939). The NL team Owners don't vote to go along the AL rule. The Yankees will respond with trades with the NL teams and talent from their rich minor league system. They will win again in 1941-1943 with WW II finally stopping their winning streak when most of the regular MLB and top minor league players are in the service. Also the major and minor leagues agree that players taken into the military will not count against their team roster limits.
1935 New York Yankees Post Season: The Yankees traded Pitcher Johnny Allen to the Tribe for Pitchers Monte Pearson and Steve Sundra
December 11, 1935- The New York Yankees traded the hot-tempered starter Johnny Allen to the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Monte Pearson and Steve Sundra, a minor leaguer. Monte Pearson would go 63-27 for the Yankees including a 19-7 mark in 1936. He had a 4-0 World Series record, while Steve "Smokey" Sundra went 21-11 over 3 seasons for the Yankees. Monte Pearson threw the 1st no-hitter at Yankee Stadium on August 27,1938 against his old team the Indians. Overall in 4 seasons with the Yankees (1932-1935), Johnny Allen went 50-14 in 94 games with a 3.75 ERA, but a sore arm and his constant demands for more money threatened his Yankees pitching career. Finally Yankees GM Edward Barrow finally decided to trade him in the winter of 1935. Johnny Allen went 67-36 in 5 seasons with the Indians, including a 20-10 record in 1936 and a 15-1 record in 1937.
Yankees new pitchers: Monte Pearson and Steve "Smokey" Sundra
1977 New Yankees Post Season: The Yankees acquired Starter Andy Messersmith from the Atlanta Braves for Cash.
December 12, 1977- The New York Yankees purchased veteran starter Andy Messersmith from the Atlanta Braves for $100,000. Andy suffered a dislocated shoulder during a spring training game after running into 1B Cliff Johnson that required surgery. He did very little with the 1978 Yankees appearing in only 6 games with a 0-3 record with a 5.64 ERA. He would leave the team after the 1978 season, signing with the Dodgers, going 2-4 in 11 games with a 4.91 ERA in his last MLB season.