Depression Era Trade of December 14, 1932
Big Trade … Big Trade … teams breaking up high price baseball players to cut cost as the Great Depression widen its grip on the United States
The Washington Senators traded starting pitcher Lloyd Brown, and star outfielders Carl Reynolds and Sammy West to the old St. Louis Browns for outfielders Goose Goslin and Fred Schulte and starting pitcher Lefty Stewart
Reviewing the Trade by baseballhistorian
The Washington Senators won at least 92 games each year from 1930 thru 1932 but still failed to win the American League pennant, finishing in 2nd, 3rd and 3rd place. The St Louis Brownies won 64, 63 and again 63 games from 1930-32.
Lloyd Brown, Washington Starting Pitcher Left-handed. Nicknamed Gimpy. He was one of the ace starters in the AL, and led his Senators teammates in wins with 16 in 1930 (16-12 with a 4.25 ERA in 22 starts plus 16 relief jobs). A durable mound starter he worked a career high 258.2 innings in 1931 and rang up a 15-14 record with a very fine 3.20 ERA. Prior to this deal Lloyd Brown posted a 15-12 record in 1932 and then, 10 days before Christmas he was shipped to the Brownies. His pitching arsenal included a first class breaking ball, a sinker, throwing first pitch strikes and walking only 590 batters in 1693 innings.
Carl Reynolds, Washington Outfielder RH born in LaRue, Texas. A speedy base runner, (107 triples) and sure-handed outfielder, Carl Reynolds rarely struck out, only 308 times in 4,495 at bats spanning 1222 lifetime games, compiling a sterling .302 career batting average. Carl Reynolds played his first 5 major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox, then played 1932 with Washington, hitting .305 prior to this deal.
Sam West, Washington Outfielder LH born in Longview, Texas. His defense was noteworthy and was his clutch-hitting during his six years with the Senators, 21927-1932. Sam West was taught his fielding by the legendary centerfielder Tris Speaker. Sammy West went on to set an American League record (since broken) for fielding percentage of .996 in 1928. He led AL outfielders in fielding percentage, putouts, and double plays twice and tied for the league lead in assists once. And was a career .299 batting average hitter in 6,148 games, collecting 1,838 hits. Note: Sam West
joined the U.S. Army and fought in World War II. He was discharged in June of 1945 and returned to baseball as a coach for the Senators.
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Goose Goslin, St. Louis Browns Leftfielder … bats LH, throws RH. Born in Bridgeton, NJ. One of the power hitters of this time, Leon Goose Goslin drove in over 100 runs (RBI) in 10 major league seasons. He played his first 9 seasons with Washington, 1921-1930, then was traded, then returned to Washington in this deal. A Baseball Hall of Fame player Goose Goslin was fast, 175 stolen bases, led the AL twice in triples, including 20 in 1925. He led the league with 129 RBIs in 1924, and compiled a sterling .316 career batting average.
Fred Schulte, St. Louis Browns Outfielder RH born in Belvidere. Illinois. A solid all-around baseball player, he scored 100 runs in 1931 and 106 the following season while a member of the St. Louis Browns (they moved to Baltimore prior to 1954 and became the Orioles). Fred Schulte was a contact batsman, walking more times than striking out, 462 BB only 361 Ks in 1178 games. He played in the majors from 1927-1937 and had a solid .292 batting average career wise.
Lefty Stewart, St L Browns Pitcher LH. 5 ft 10 inches, 160 lbs. Walter Stewart started 216 games, relieved in 63 others and won 100 major league games during his 10 seasons, 1921, 1927-1935. Lefty Stewart was a favorite of Brownies fans and won a career high 20 games in 1930, going 20-12 for a team that finished with a lousy 64 wins and 90 losses record.