1942 Reds general manager Warren Giles announces the team has traded veteran catcher Ernie Lombardi to the Boston Braves for two players to be named later.
The 33 year-old future Hall of Famer will hit .330 during his one season with his new team, capturing the batting crown, a feat that will not be repeated by a catcher until 2006 when Twins backstop Joe Mauer leads the American League.
He became an All-Star and led the NL and Braves that season with a .330 batting average (albeit, in only 309 at-bats). As of 2017, Lombardi remains only one of three NL catchers to win a batting title (the others are Cincinnati Reds catcher Bubbles Hargrove in 1926 and SF Giants catcher Buster Posey in 2012). His final All-Star selection was during the 1943 season.