Friday, July 15, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Trade Trees Hiatus
Sorry about the lack of posts lately. Even though we’ve tried to get things restarted, two factors have been against us.
1) 1/2 of the Trade Trees team (the Tumblr half) is going through a whole bunch of personal stuff - housing, job, relationship all at the same time.
2) We’re out of inspiration. Clicking through the database at random can work, but more often than not it doesn’t.
So here’s the skinny - we’re gonna take some time off. In the mean time, we are asking you readers to send in your suggestions (via the link in the sidebar or Twitter). We’ll let the suggestions stockpile for a few weeks and then hopefully we’ll start up again refreshed and with tons of new material.
Thanks for your support of the site so far, and your patience while we get things sorted for the future.
There are quite a few re-appearances in this tree. Tito Francona and Minnie Minoso have both been on Trade Trees before. Tommie Agee was a part of the Tommy Davis tree.
Larry Doby is of course famous for being the first black player in the American League, making his debut with the Cleveland Indians about 3 months after Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers.
You’ll also notice Lou Pinella there at the bottom of the tree.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Obit of the Day: Three Different Teams, Four World Series
Dick Williams, Hall of Fame manager, has passed away from a brain aneurysm. Williams who won over 1500 games in 22 seasons managed to take the Boston Red Sox (1967), the San Diego Padres (1984) to the World Series and won in 1972 and 1973 with the Oakland Athletics. (Apparently Williams’ success with the A’s wasn’t enough for their eccentric owner, Charlie Finley, who let him go before the 1974 season…which ended with the A’s winning a third straight title.)
Williams also coached the Montréal Expos, leading them to the fascinating 1981 strike-effected playoffs and the Seattle Mariners.
Williams full managerial stats are found here.
Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. He was 82 years old when he died.
(Image of 1967 Topps card copyright Topps and courtesy of phoenixcardshows.com)
In honor of Dick Williams, look for a trade tree or two of his this afternoon.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Today’s tree has four Hall of Famers in it.
I’m pretty sure that’s the most HoF’ers in one tree so far, and if not it’s certainly the most dense.
The answer to this morning’s clue*, and today’s tree, is Al “The Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky. The tree itself isn’t too interesting, though it does include future MLB manager Buck Martinez. This tree was mostly posted because of Hrabosky’s awesome nickname.
Can you imagine someone being nicknamed that today? Manny “The Daffy Dominican” Ramierez? Jason “The Crazy Canuck” Bay?
Hrabosky can be heard these days on FSN Midwest broadcasts of Cardinals games.
*Congrats to Obit Of The Day for being the only correct answer.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
A Clue for This Afternoon’s Tree
I was playing the “Wheel of Fortune” game at the bar with my girlfriend Sunday night. I present the game just as it was when I solved it. The answer will also be today’s Trade Tree. The dots,·, are used to separate words, since the spaces will be stripped by Tumblr.
_ _·”_h_·_ _ _·H_ _ _ _r_ _ _”·Hr_ _ _ _ _ _
Answers below or on Twitter for a prize*
*There is no prize, just the pride felt for getting the clue on 2 letters.
As we ease back into posting, what better way than with a guy named Peanuts? In 1949, Peanuts Lowery was traded from the Cubs to the Reds.
As for other players in the tree, Hank Sauer was 1952 NL MVP and Dick Littlefield shows up on the massive Enos Slaughter tree.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Return to Posting
We apologize for the lack of posts lately. Between a lack of ideas and a busy chuck of our calendar, Trade Trees have been a bit neglected. But not to worry, we’re ready to get going again. New tree coming soon.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Happy birthday to me (and Rick Sutcliffe). Since we share a birthday, I thought I’d put up his tree. This is actually a larger tree of the Joe Carter tree we featured awhile back. Here Rick is traded from Cleveland to the Cubs.
Denis Boucher was selected by the Rockies in the ‘92 Expansion Draft.
Glenallen Hill is best known (to me at least) for this mammoth home run at Wrigley. It actually landed on the roof of the building across Waveland. Hittracker has pegged the flight path at over 500’ if unobstructed. Over the years I’ve convinced myself I was watching WGN that day, but I think I might have only seen it on BBTN.