Summarizing our Redleg Trade Review (for all stories, type this in the search window in the upper right portion of your screen). Here’s what I think are the best Reds trades ever.
1. November 29, 1971: Joe Morgan is traded by the Houston Astros with Ed Armbrister, Jack Billingham, Cesar Geronimo and Denis Menke to the Cincinnati Reds for Tommy Helms, Lee May and Jimmy Stewart. The trade that kick started the Big Red Machine and brought us Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.
2. June 13, 1938: Bucky Walters was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Cincinnati Reds for Spud Davis, Al Hollingsworth and $50,000. Bucky Walters becomes the best pitcher in the National League, winning an MVP (there’s was no Cy Young Award) and the Reds win two National League championships and win one World Series.
3. February 19, 1919…. Reds traded 1b Hal Chase to Giants for C Bill Rariden and 1B Walter Holke. Trading the bedeviled Chase away from the Reds probably made way for their 1919 World Series victory and kept them from being the team that may have thrown the Series.
4. May 29, 1971: Geroge Foster is traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Cincinnati Reds for Frank Duffy and Vern Geishert. Getting Foster from the Giants was a huge steal for the Reds as Foster became the most feared slugger in baseball in the late 1970’s.
5. July 20, 1916—Acquired OF Edd Roush, 3b Bill McKechnie, RHP-Mgr Christy Mathewson for ss-Mgr Buck Herzog, and OF Red Killefer. Known as the “Hall of Fame” trade, the Reds netted three future Hall of Famers in the deal. Roush became the leader of the Reds, setting the tone for their slap hitting offense and good defense.
6. June 15, 1977: Tom Seaver is traded by the New York Mets to the Cincinnati Reds for Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, Dan Norman and Pat Zachry. Seaver came to the Reds in what became known to the New York press as the “Midnight Massacre” as the Mets moved some players. Seaver is arguable one of the top ten pitchers in baseball history and he came to the Big Red Machine just as their pitching wheels were falling off.
7. May 7, 1933…Reds acquire RHP Paul Derringer, IF Sparky Adams, and RHP Allyn Stout for SS Leo Durocher, and pitchers Dutch Henry and Jack Ogden. Derringer came from the Cardinals and gave the Reds more than a decade of outstanding pitching. He and Bucky Walters were one of the best tandem starters in major league history. Derringer may have been a Hall of Famer if not having lost so many games for some really poor Reds teams in the early 1930’s.
8. December 8, 1987: Jose Rijo is traded by the Oakland Athletics with Tim Birtsas to the Cincinnati Reds for Dave Parker. Rijo was the ace of the Reds staff that won the 1990 World Series, leading the pennant race wire-to-wire that year. Undoubtedly one of the most popular Reds in their history.
9. May 22 1913–Acquired 3b Heinie Groh, OF Josh Devore, RHP Red Ames, and $20,000 from the New York Giants for P Art Fromme and INF Eddie Grant. Groh was one of the best hitting third basemen of his time and was stolen from the Giants in time to push the Reds to becoming 1919 World Series champions. In an odd twist of fate, if he had not been traded from the Giants, he may have had a shot for the Hall of Fame since the old-timer’s committees have voted in virtually all star infielders from the this period in Giants history. Giants manager John McGraw spent a good deal of the 1920’s trying to get both Groh and Roush back to the Giants and finally succeeded.
10. January 22, 1921—Acquired LHP Eppa Rixey from Phillies for OF Greasy Neale and RHP Jimmy Ring; Neale later reacquired through waivers in 1922. The Reds stole Hall of Famer Eppa Rixey from the Phillies and went on to win 179 games for the Reds.
1. December 9, 1957: Bob Purkey is traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Cincinnati Redlegs for Don Gross.
December 15, 1960: Milwaukee Braves trade pitchers Joey Jay and Juan Pizarro to the Cincinnati Reds for shortstop Roy McMillan.
Wasn’t trying to ignore the 1961 World Series team, but I feel most of their improvement came from within the Reds system, but acquiring Purkey and Jay to go with Jim O’Toole was important to the Reds World Series season.
2. November 6, 1987: Danny Jackson is traded by the Kansas City Royals with Angel Salazar to the Cincinnati Reds for Ted Power and Kurt Stillwell. Trading Kurt Stilwell and keeping future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin is one of the best decisions in Reds’ history.
3. July 21, 1995: Deion Sanders traded by the Cincinnati Reds with David McCarty, Ricky Pickett, John Roper and Scott Service to the San Francisco Giants for Dave Burba, Darren Lewis and Mark Portugal.
July 31, 1995: Traded a player to be named later, Dave Tuttle (minors) and C.J. Nitkowski to the Detroit Tigers. Received David Wells. The Cincinnati Reds sent Mark Lewis (November 16, 1995) to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade. Making these deals to replace more than half the rotation helped the Reds win the Central Division title.