Vida Blue pitched for the great Oakland teams of the early 1970s. He threw a no-hitter in ‘70 against the Twins, won an MVP and Cy Young in ‘71, and was a member of the World Series winning teams in ‘72, ‘73, and ‘74. Also, as you can see here, for a time he rocked his first name on his jersey.
Just before the 1978 season, Vida Blue was traded for 8 players and cash as part of the fire sale going on in Oakland (more on that here). This might be the widest and shallowest tree we’ve featured before here. Just look how many of the players were released or left via waivers/purchases.