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Radio station cancels ads as Christmas present to listeners, Dodgers and Phillies swap players, December 24, 1958

As a Christmas gift to its viewers, radio station KPOL is going without ads for 48 hours ... and watch for Santa Claus played by Peter Lorre (with Milton Berle) and Buster Keaton ("The Donna Reed Show")! The plot of The Silent Night" episode of "Pursuit" with Lew Ayres and Patrician Neal sounds intriguing. 

1958_1224_sports The Dodgers traded a future Hall of Fame manager for a guy named Rip.

Sparky Anderson, then a longtime minor league infielder better known as George, was sent to the Phillies for three players. The key for the Dodgers was Rip Repulski, described in The Times story as "one of the more dangerous right-handed hitters in the National League." He had 20 home runs with Philadelphia in 1957 and 13 in 1958, including four pinch-hit homers. The Dodgers also got two minor league pitchers.

Repulski, whose real first name was Eldon, played only 53 games for the Dodgers and hit two home runs. Anderson hit .218 for the Phillies. He won World Series titles managing the Reds and Tigers.

--Keith Thursby

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