Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Chuck Klein won the 1933 Triple Crown in the National League, the same year Jimmie Foxx won in the American League. What’s more, they both played in Philadelphia. Klein was eventually selected for Cooperstown by the Veteran’s Committee in 1980
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Jimmie Foxx was traded from the Philadelphia A’s to the Red Sox in 1935 after 11 seasons in Philly. During his time there, Foxx won the Triple Crown in 1933 and two MVP Awards (1932 & 1933). Foxx would win one more MVP while in Boston.
Gordon Rhodes lost 20 games in 1936, his last year in the league and only year in Philly. George Savino never left the minors. In 1937, Savino was traded for Crouse in a minor league deal. Crouse played 8 seasons in the major leagues with the White Sox (1923-30), but never saw the majors again. In terms of 2009 dollars, $150,000 is approximately $2.4 Million. Foxx played 10 more MLB seasons after the trade.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Rogers Hornsby won two Triple Crowns - 1922 and 1925. A year after his second, he was traded to the NY Giants. Hornsby would be traded twice more in the next two years (I may get around to those as well). The interesting thing about this trade is that Hornsby, a future HOFer, was traded for TWO future HOFers, Frisch and Ring. I wonder if there’s another tree out there that includes 3+ HOF players? Hopefully our upcoming updates will make that a lot easier to find out.
Paul Hines won the Triple Crown in 1878 with the Providence Grays, the first man to do so. He hit .358 with 4 HR and 50 RBI. That just shows how much the game has changed in 130+ years. For reference, there are 20 instances of pitchers having ≥ 4 HR in a season since 1901.
As was with the Jackie Robinson portion of the Bobby Thompson trade, the red line indicates that the player refused to report for his new team and the trade was nullified.
One last note, Hines was teammates with Old Hoss Radbourn on the 1882 Providence Grays.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Upcoming Series: Triple Crown Winners
We have a new series on tap for Trade Trees: Triple Crown winners. Frank Robinson was profiled here awhile back. Now its time to share the rest of the winners.
Please note, the following Triple Crown winners were never traded:
- Carl Yastrzemski
- Ted Williams
- Mickey Mantle
- Lou Gehrig
- Ty Cobb
- Nap Lajoie
- Tip O’Neill
In what is now viewed as a lopsided trade, the Cincinnati Reds sent Frank Robinson to Baltimore. 30 years old at the time of the trade, Robinson spent another 10 years in the majors, winning 2 World Series titles, a Triple Crown, and his second MVP