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Extra Extra Read all about it!!!!  Here are the trades which Dave Giusti has been in:

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Transaction occurred on 10/11/1968:
Houston Astros (NL) to St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Dave Giusti
  Dave Adlesh
St. Louis Cardinals (NL) to Houston Astros (NL)
Johnny Edwards
  Tommy Smith

Transaction occurred on 12/03/1968:
San Diego Padres (NL) to St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Dave Giusti
St. Louis Cardinals (NL) to San Diego Padres (NL)
Ed Spiezio
  Ron Davis
  Danny Breeden
  Phil Knuckles

Transaction occurred on 10/21/1969:
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) to St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Carl Taylor
  Frank Vanzin
St. Louis Cardinals (NL) to Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Dave Giusti
  Dave Ricketts

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher/of  Carl Taylor and minor leaguer Frank Vanzin to theSt. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Dave Giusti and catcher Dave Ricketts

Reviewing the trade:

It was all in favor of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The key was Dave Giusti, a hard-throwing right-hander

who debuted into the majors in 1962 with Houston when they were nicknamed the Houston Colt 45s.

He was one the team’s starting mound stalwarts and posted three straight seasons of over 10 wins,

1966-68 before being traded to the Cardinals in 1969. After he fell to 3-7 in his one season in the

Arch-City the Redbirds swapped Dave Giusti to Pittsburgh.


The Pirates jumped at the opportunity to acquire Giusti and immediately used him as a closer.

He responded by appearing in 66 relief games, had a 9-3 record, with 26 saves, and a 3.06 ERA.

His 9 wins led the NL in relief wins. The next season, 1971, he was chosen the NL Fireman of the

Year. And, so it went for the 5 ft 11 inches, 206-pound reliever.


Dave Ricketts was journey man catcher and played with St. Louis Cardinals from 1963, 1965 thru 1969. In 1969 Dave Ricketts hit a career-high .273 in 30 games. He played just 14 games with Pittsburgh then was sent to minors. 

Frank Vanzin stayed in the minors. See our Search Our Site on the Home Page


Carl Taylor was the Pirates first string catcher prior to this deal batted a robust .348 in 221 at bats spanning 104 games. He had a solid first year for the Cardinals, .249 in 245 at bats in 1970, then was traded and played 2.5 years with Kansas City. In 1972 for the Royals Carl Taylor hit .265 in 63 games.


Dave Giusti
Birthdate: 11/27/1939
Height / Weight: 5' 11" / 195 lbs.
Place of Birth: Seneca Falls, NY, USA
Bats / Throws: R / R

Baseball Historian Biography



Dave Ricketts
Birthdate: 7/12/1935
Height / Weight: 6' 2" / 195 lbs.
Place of Birth: Pottstown, PA, USA
Bats / Throws: B / R

Baseball Historian Biography


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Transaction occurred on 03/15/1977:
Oakland Athletics (AL) to Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Phil Garner
  Tommy Helms
  Chris Batton
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) to Oakland Athletics (AL)
Dave Giusti
  Doc Medich
  Doug Bair
  Rick Langford
  Tony Armas
  Mitchell Page

Transaction occurred on 08/05/1977:
Oakland Athletics (AL) to Chicago Cubs (NL) : (Purchase Transaction)
Dave Giusti

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