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1954 Transactions

#1 Pick Willie Mays
#1 Pick Willie Mays
#1 Pick Willie Mays

4/01/03:
AARBL founded by Mike Tricarico with Peoria Chiefs as first franchise.
4/08/03:
Wilmington Hornets franchise awarded to Robert Bush.
4/10/03:
Des Moines Dusters franchise awarded to Charles Goldie.
4/12/03:
Carolina Grays franchise awarded to Raymond Grasing.
4/20/03:
Bayside Brewers franchise awarded to Dave Brown.
4/24/03:
North Bend (Nebraska) Tadjers franchise awarded to Derek Lipson.
4/26/03:
So Cal Knights franchise awarded to Scott Campbell.
4/30/03:
Atwater Diamond Lakers franchise awarded to Kent Haugen.
5/05/03:
Butte Stompers franchise awarded to Jim Nancarrow.
5/06/03:
Fremont Fear franchise awarded to Jeff Miller.
6/09/03:
The first stadium draft is completed with the following selections:
Team
Stadium
Des Moines
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
Peoria
Yankee Stadium (New York AL)
North Bend
Old Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
So Cal
Ebbetts Field (Brooklyn)
Bayside
Griffith Stadium (Wash. D.C.)
Carolina
Polo Grounds (New York NL)
Butte
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
Fremont
Fenway Park (Boston AL)
Atwater
Wrigley Field (Chicago NL)
Wilmington
Connie Mack Stadium (Phil. AL)
6/17/03:
Carolina Grays win inaugural draft lottery.
6/27/03:
Bayside Brewers franchise transferred to Stu Blake.
6/30/03:
Carolina Grays trade 1st (1st overall) & 10th (100th overall) round picks in 1954 draft to Peoria Chiefs for Peoria's 1st (7th overall) & 3rd (27th overall) round picks in 1954 draft.
7/01/03:
Atwater Diamond Lakers franchise transferred to Steve Beck and re-named Oswego Panthers
7/01/03:
Willie Mays selected as first pick in inaugural draft by Peoria Chiefs.
7/01/03:
Oswego Panthers move franchise to Comiskey Park, and Wilmington Hornets relocate to Wrigley field.
7/02/03:
Carolina Grays trade 3rd (21st overall) and 20th (200th overall) picks in 1954 draft to Peoria Chiefs for Peoria's 4th (34th overall) and 6th (54th overall) picks in 1954 draft.
9/01/03:
Oswego Panthers franchise transferred to Dennis VanLangen.
9/20/03:
Peoria Chiefs acquire Johnny Sain and a 10th round pick in the 1955 rookie draft from North Bend Tadjers for a 6th round pick in the 1955 rookie draft.  In order to make room for Sain on the roster, the Chiefs release Pitcher George O'Donnell.
9/28/03:
Oswego Panthers announce that they will relocate after the 1954 season, and become the Alexandria Rock Hounds.