Dec. 6, 1963

Baseball’s winter meetings ended with the Red Sox brass returning with nothing to show for their trip beyond expense accounts and shoulder shrugs.

Fans have long considered the winter meetings an opportunity for an early Christmas, And when the Red Sox leave empty handed they are greeted with angry exasperation. 

We’ll see that on display in a few days unless new baseball boss Craig Breslow finds something beyond the minor league pitching prospects he received from the Yankees in exchange for Alex Verdugo.

The 1963 Red Sox finished in seventh place with a record of 76-85 Johnny Pesky’s first of two seasons as manager.

There was speculation that general manager Mike Higgins and Pesky didn’t get along, and thus Higgins didn’t feel particularly motivated to search for fresh faces.

“We have not been able to make a deal because the teams we talked to were seeking things we couldn’t afford to give up. It’s that simple,” Higgins said, per the Boston Globe.

A look at the roster suggests that Higgins may have been accurate. Beyond Carl Yastzremski and 20-game winner Bill Monbouquette, there wasn’t much that would have piqued another team’s interest.