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Transaction occurred on 12/14/1949:
Boston Braves (NL) to New York Giants (NL)
Eddie Stanky
  Alvin Dark
New York Giants (NL) to Boston Braves (NL)
Sid Gordon
  Buddy Kerr
  Willard Marshall
  Red Webb

In one of the biggest trades in the late-1940s the Boston Braves traded second baseman Eddie 'the Brat' Stanky and shortstop Al Dark to the New York Giants for outfielders Sid Gordon and Willard Marshall, third baseman Buddy Kerr and pitcher Sam Webb.



Eddie Stanky infielder


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1951 - National League's Top Fielders
Archives National League 1951.

Pitcher, Sal Maglie, 1951 New York Giants - Maglie not only won 23 games in 1951, but he was the top fielding hurler of the NL. He accepted 76 chances without an error for a fielding percentage of 1.000.

3rd Base, Billy Johnson, 1951 St Louis Cardinals - Johnson took over the hot-corner skillfully and led all NL third basemen in fielding. His fielding percentage was .976 for 124 games.

Shortstop, Virgil Stallcup, 1951 Cincinnati Reds - Stallcup was the leading NL shortstop, handling 540 total chances with only 17 errors for a fielding percentage of .969.

2nd Base, Jackie Robinson, 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers - Robinson again showed why he was rated one of the best. For the 2nd year in-a-row he captured the NL's fielding honors. His .992 is a new National League record and he also broke the league's double play record (his own) by taking part in 137 last season.

1st Base, Ted Kluszewski, 1951 Cincinnati Reds - "Big Klu", the Reds hard-hitting first baseman, won the defensive title in 1951. His .997 was tops in the league. He committed only 5 errors in 1474 total chances.

Catcher, Wes Westrum, 1951 New York Giants - Wes Westrum was the NL's top fielding backstop for the 2nd straight year. His excellent 1951 fielding percentage, .987, was just under his .999 record in 1950.

Outfielder, Willard Marshall, 1951 Boston Braves - Marshall topped all NL outfielders with a perfect 1.000 tying a major league record. He handled 231 chances without a miscue while playing in 136 games.


Transaction occurred on 06/14/1956:
New York Giants (NL) to St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Alvin Dark
  Ray Katt
  Don Liddle
  Whitey Lockman
St. Louis Cardinals (NL) to New York Giants (NL)
Gordon Jones
  Dick Littlefield
  Jackie Brandt
  Red Schoendienst
  Bill Sarni



This 9-player trade was consummated on 6.14.1956 between two clubs whom early in the decade were powerhouses and by 1956 fell below .500 ball. Fans reaction was one of disappointment as the NY Giants traded All-Star shortstop Alvin Dark and All-Star first baseman Whitey Lockman, along with catcher Ray Katt and pitcher Don Liddle to the St Louis Cardinals for future Hall of Fame second baseman Al Red Schoendienst, veteran pitchers Dick Littlefield and Gordon Jones, catcher Bill Sarni  and outfielder Jackie Brandt.

Baseball History - Trade of June 14 1956 - Baseball Players 

Major Trade recalls fans' disappointments as 9 players, most of who were standardbearers for the New York Giants and St Louis Cardinals were shipped to opposing rival NL teams

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Alvin Dark     Gordon Jones    Whitey Lockman    Red Schoendienst    

Dick Littlefield    Ray Katt    

Don Liddle         Bill Sarni            Jackie Brandt

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Switch-hitting Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees Won the Triple Crown in 1956 by hitting .353, with 52 Home Runs and 130 RBIs

1956 Batting Leaders:

American League:

Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees .353... Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox .345... Harvey Kuenn, Detroit Tigers .328... Charlie Maxwell, Tigers .326... Bob Nieman, Baltimore Orioles .320... Minnie Minoso, Chicago White Sox .316... Jackie Jensen, Red Sox .315... Al Kaline, Tigers .314... Gil McDougald, Yankees .311... Pete Runnels, Washington Senators .310... Vic Power, Kansas City Athletics .309... Ray Boone, Detroit Tigers .308... Bill 'Moose' Skowron .308... Nelson 'Nellie' Fox, White Sox .296

National League:

Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves .328... Bill Virdon, Cardinals and Pirates .319... Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates .311... Stan Musial, Cardinals .310... Ken Boyer, Cardinals .306... Richie Ashburn, Philadelphia Phillies .303... Ted Kluszewski, Cincinnati Reds .302... Red Schoendienst, New York Giants .302... Jim 'Junior' Gilliam, Brooklyn Dodgers .300... Wally Moon, Cardinals .298... Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs .297

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Transaction occurred on 05/20/1958:
Chicago Cubs (NL) to St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Jim Brosnan
St. Louis Cardinals (NL) to Chicago Cubs (NL)
Alvin Dark

Transaction occurred on 01/11/1960:
Chicago Cubs (NL) to Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
John Buzhardt
  Alvin Dark
  Jim Woods
Philadelphia Phillies (NL) to Chicago Cubs (NL)
Richie Ashburn

Big Trade… Big Trade… Read All About It!


On January 11, 1960 the Philadelphia Phillies traded longtime star outfielder Richie Ashburn to the Chicago Cubs for veteran shortstop Alvin Dark, and a pair of highly touted young baseball players, pitcher John Buzhardt and outfielder Jim Woods


What was the scoop here?


Richie Ashburn was often called “the sparkplug of the 1950 Phillies Whiz Kids who went on to win the Philadelphia Phillies first pennant in 35 seasons”. As a rookie in 1948 he was voted by the fans to the All-Star Game and finished the year hitting a robust .333 with 78 Runs in 117 games, walked 60 times and struckout just 22 times in 463 at bats.

Richie Ashburn twice captured the National League batting title, finished second three times, and batted over .300 nine times. His lifetime average was .308. His batting eye was excellent; he led the league in walks on four separate occasions. His 1958 season marked the only time a leadoff hitter led the NL in both average and bases on balls. In 1960 at the time of this trade he was 33-years-old. Richie Ashburn was voted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Alvin Dark started his career for the old Boston Braves and batted .322 as a rookie in 1948 which helped them win the NL pennant. His batting average was 4th highest in the NL and his 39 doubles were 3rd highest. After batting .276 in his sophomore season in 130 games, he was traded in December as the Boston Braves were cutting salaries. Al Dark was an All-Star shortstop for the New York Giants and helped them win the 1951 NL pennant and the 1954 World Championship by sweeping the power house Cleveland Indians in 4 games.

A durable shortstop, Alvin Dark led all National League players twice in at bats with 647 in 1953 and 644 in 1954 and he led the majors with 41 doubles in 1951. Quite frankly “Alvin Dark was as good as it gets as an all-around shortstop”. He compiled a .289 batting average, lined 358 doubles, 72 triples and 126 homers and walked 430 times, struckout just 524 times in 7,219 at bats. 1960 was Al Dark’s last season, he was 38 years old. Nicknamed Blackie born in Comanche, Oklahoma USA.


John Buzhardt Pitcher Right-handed. John Buzhardt threw a breaking ball that he changed speeds throughout the game. He liked to throw first pitch strikes and compiled a fine ratio of few walks per innings pitched – 457 career walks in 1490.2 innings, and 678 strikeouts. After pitching two seasons with the Phillies he was traded to the Chicago White Sox prior to 1962 and twice won over 10 games, including a 13-8 record in 1965. A talented pitcher John Buzhardt was 9-3 in 1963 and his 2.42 ERA was among the lowest in the AL.


Jim Woods played 2 games a in his first major league season with the Cubs in 1957. After this trade he batted .176 for the Phillies in 11 games and .229 in 23 games in 1961. Jim Woods hit 3 major league doubles and two homers.


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Transaction occurred on 06/23/1960:
Milwaukee Braves (NL) to Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
Joe Morgan
Philadelphia Phillies (NL) to Milwaukee Braves (NL)
Alvin Dark

Transaction occurred on 10/31/1960:
Milwaukee Braves (NL) to San Francisco Giants (NL)
Alvin Dark
San Francisco Giants (NL) to Milwaukee Braves (NL)
Andre Rodgers

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