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Transaction occurred on 12/10/1950:
 
 
Boston Red Sox (AL) to Chicago White Sox (AL)
Al Zarilla
 
  Joe Dobson
 
  Dick Littlefield
 
 
Chicago White Sox (AL) to Boston Red Sox (AL)
Bill Wight
 
  Ray Scarborough
 
 

Big off-season trade in late December brings back lots of memories. Fans of the late-40s and early-50s recall the 5-player deal which was consummated on December 10 1950. The deal involving four highly rated moundmasters plus a good hitting outfielder helped the White Sox improve their record a lot the next few seasons.

The Boston Red Sox traded pitchers Joe Dobson and rookie Dick Littlefield and outfielder Al Zarilla to the Chicago White Sox for pitchers Bill Wight and Ray Scarborough.

Upon Further Review:

Red Sox fans were heart broken when Joe Dobson was traded. The curve-ball moundstar compiled at least 10 wins for 5 consecutive seasons, 1946-1950 for Boston. He won over 10 games 8 times in his 14-year major league career. Joe Dobson rang up a resounding career record of 137-103 for a .571 winning percentage.

Joe Dobson broke in with Cleveland back in '39, and worked mainly as a reliever for the Indians his first two-years. Traded to Boston in 1941... he stayed in a Boston Red Sox uniform from 1941 thru 1950 before being traded to the White Sox in '51. In Chicago he rang up records of 7-6 in 1951 while working much of the season with a pulled shoulder... Iin 1952 he was 14-10... in 1953 went and 5-5. About his early days in Boston, Joe Dobson recalled Ted Williams played a big part in my becoming a successful pitcher. Joe Dobson said: 'My first year in Boston was 1941. I would pitch to Williams in practice, maybe for 45 minutes. I learned a lot from that man." baseballhistorian.com - Archives - Boston Red Sox 1940s

Al Zarilla was a well-regarded defensive right fielder and a very capable batsman during his 10 major league seasons. He played five years with the old St Louis Browns and in 1948 after batting a robust .329 - 4th highest in the American League - was traded to the Red Sox. In 1950, the left-handed hitting Al Zarilla batted .325 - 5th highest in the AL. In 1951, his first year for the White Sox his batting average fell to .257 in 120 games. Al Zarilla compiled a career batting average of .270 in 10 major league seasons.

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Ray Scarborough was a mound star for the old Washington Senators during the late 1940s. In1948, the 6-ft 185 pound, right-hander had a 15-8 record and had the 2nd lowest ERA in the American League a 2.82 earned run average. His earned run average actually tied with future Hall of Fame pitcher, Bob Lemon. Ray Sarborough's record that season was remarkable in the fact that Washington ended the year with a 56-107 record, 7th in the AL in the then 8-team American League - the White Sox were last at 51-101. After going 13-11 in 1949 RayScarborough was traded to the White Sox. In his first year for the Boston Red Sox he posted a 12-9 record, completing 8 of 22 starts plus 15 relief apparences.

Dick Littlefield posted a 2-2 record in 15 games for the Red Sox as a rookie in 1950, then was 1-1 for the Chicago White Sox the next year and then was sold to Detroit. All told the 6 foot, 180 pound, left hander pitched for 11 different major league teams during his 9 seasons in the majors. Dick Littlefield had a career record of 33-54 and completed 16 of 83 starts, plus worked in relief in an additional 160 games.

Bill Wight originally signed with the New York Yankees in 1941 but spent three years in the Army during World War II and did not rejoin the team until 1946. In 1948, he was dealt to the Chicago White Sox in a trade. Becoming a member of the White Sox’s rotation in 1948, Bill Wight led the American League in walks (135) and finished with a 9-20 record and a 4.80 ERA. He rebounded to post a 15-13 record with a 3.31 ERA in 1949 and went 10-16 with a 3.58 ERA in 1950. That winter he was traded to the Boston Red Sox and was with them for a year before being shipped to the Detroit Tigers. The left-handed Bill Wight was traded four more times in the next six years and finished his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1958. He had the misfortune of playing mostly for second division teams during his career, which played a role in his compiling only a 77-99 career record.

 

 

 
Transaction occurred on 11/27/1951:
 
 
Chicago White Sox (AL) to St. Louis Browns (AL)
Dick Littlefield
 
  Joe DeMaestri
 
  Gus Niarhos
 
  Gordon Goldsberry
 
  Jim Rivera
 
 
St. Louis Browns (AL) to Chicago White Sox (AL)
Al Widmar
 
  Sherm Lollar
 
  Tom Upton
 
 

Baseball History – 1951 Trade of 8 players

 

A blockbuster trade involving eight baseball players was consummated between the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Browns on November 27 1951.

 

Chicago White Sox general manager Frank ‘the Trader’ Lane and manager Paul Richards shipped five solid baseball players to St. Louis for three solid players from Browns’ owner Bill Veeck Jr and new manager Rogers Hornsby.

 

On 11.27.1951 the Chicago White Sox shipped young starting pitcher Dick Littlefield, shortstop Joe DeMaestri, veteran catcher Gus Niarhos, first baseman Gordon Goldsberry and minor league outfielder Jim Rivera to the St. Louis Browns for standout catcher Sherm Lollar, shortstop Tom Upton and starting pitcher Al Widmar.

 

Dick Littlefield was a highly regarded reliever and spot starter throughout his nine seasons in the majors. Dick Littlefield broke into the majors with the Boston Red Sox in 1950 and had a 2-2 record in 13 relief games and two starts as a rookie. Traded to the White Sox in 1951 he was shipped by GM Frank Lane in this 8-player deal. For the Brownies in 1953 he compiled a 7-12 record with a 5.08 ERA, completed 2 of 22 starts, plus 14 relief games, working 152.1 innings. A well-regarded mounds ace Dick Littlefield used an assortment of pitches, including a fastball and a highly effective changeup. Dick Littlefield

 

Joe DeMaestri was a rookie infielder for the White Sox when this trade was announced. He had finished his first season and batted just .203 in 74 at bats. A noted always hustling, durable shortstop, Joe DeMaestri later played for the Athletics in over 100 games every year from 1953 thru 1959. He is best remembered for his glove work and timely hitting while a member of the Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City A’s from 1953 thru 1961. Joe DeMaestri played in over one thousand games at shortstop and compiled a very solid .325 career slugging percentage.  Joe DeMaestri

 

Gus Niarhos was rated ‘as good as it gets’ for his defensive work as a catcher.

He batted .256 in  66 games for the White Sox in 1951. Gus Niarhos was one of the main men of this trade in Nov,. of ’51 and the very next day was traded to the Boston Red Sox in a 4-player trade. “Who’s Who Magazine” wrote this aboput Gus Niarhos in early 1952 – “The slim receiver of the Red Sox is scheduled for 1st string catcher this year (1952) Gus Niarhos is scrappy and willing, but too bridle to shoulder the entire catching burden.” Gus Niarhos

 

Gordon Goldsberry, born in Sacramento on 8.30.1927 worked his way up the minor league ladder and debuted into the majors at age 21 in 1949 with the Pale Hose (Note Baseball History: in this era many in the media referred to the White Sox as the Pale Hose). Gordon Goldsberry had his finest season in 1950 when he batted .268 and had a .409 slugging pct in 82 games. Sox manager Paul Richards used Gordon Goldsberry as a pinch-hitter and utility first baseman, and he responded by leading the American League with 12 pinch-hits in 39 at bats. He played his last season in the majors in 1952 with the St. Louis Browns hitting .229 in 86 games. Gordon Goldsberry

 

Jim Rivera could beat almost all baseball players in a foot race. He was traded to the Browns and then in the middle of the next year traded back to the Pale Hose. Jim Rivera was quickly nicknamed Jungle Jim for his late-night off-field antics. As a rookie in 1952 he hit .253 and stole 21 for Chicago. In 1953 he led the American league with 25 stolen bases and during his 9-year tenure with the White Sox was one of the leading players on the “Go Go White Sox” a speedy base running team. Jim Rivera stole 160 career bases. Jim Rivera

 

Sherm Lollar was the main man of this trade in 1951. “Who’s Who Magazine 20th Edition wrote this of the 6-ft 180 pound catcher – “The highly rated catcher was a Brownie last season. Is tagged for first string with Paul Richards’ team this year – and base runners won’t take liberties with his throwing arm”. Sherm Lollar played over 93 games as a catcher for 13 consecutive seasons (quite a feat!) He played 18 years in the majors, 1946 thru 1963, the last 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox. Sherm Lollar

 

Tom Upton, born in Esther Missouri on December 29 1926 broke into the majors at age 23 for the St. Louis Browns in 1950. During his rookie season he batted .237 with a slugging percentage of .296 in 124 games – 115 at shortstop, 2 at 2B and one at 3B. An all-around athletic Tom Upton played three years in the majors, the last in 1952 with the old Washington Senators.  Tom Upton

 

Al Widmar was a noted relief ace for the Browns during his first full season in the majors, working in 49 games, posting a 2-6 record with a 4.46 earned run average per 9-innings. In 1950, Al Widmar was moved into the Browns’  starting rotation by St. Louis manager Zach Taylor, and he responded with a 7-15 record with a career-high 194.2 innings for a team which won just 58 games and lost 96. Al Widmar, a 6-ft 3-inch 185-ppound, lanky right-hander, pitched just one game for the White Sox in 1952 then was released. Al Widmar

 

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Transaction occurred on 02/14/1952:
 
 
Detroit Tigers (AL) to St. Louis Browns (AL)
Gene Bearden
 
  Bob Cain
 
  Dick Kryhoski
 
 
St. Louis Browns (AL) to Detroit Tigers (AL)
Dick Littlefield
 
  Ben Taylor
 
  Cliff Mapes
 
  Matt Batts
 
 

A much... abuzz... went on among baseball fans when a couple of weeks before spring training a trade involving seven, well-known baseball players made the front page of Sports Section of our nation's newspaper. On February 14, 1952, Valentine's Day, no less, the old St. Louis Brown dealt outfielder Cliff Mapes, pitcher Dick Littlefield, catcher Matt Batts and first baseman Ben Taylor to the Detroit Tigers for mound stalwart Gene Bearden, ptcher Bob Cain and first baseman Dick Kryhoski

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Cliff Mapes was on the Cleveland Indians minor league roster when he entered the US Military in 1944 during the Second World War. He returned to minor league baseball in 1946 with Seattle and Wilkes Barre. He signed with the New York Yankees and joined the team in 1948, hitting .250 in 53 games. Who's Who 1950 Spring Baseball Magazine in reviewing his 1949 season says this, "Cliff Mapes, Bats L, T right, Ht 6:03, Wt 195. He appeared in the most games of the Yankees 9 flychasers (outfielders) last year (111 games) and his arm cut down 14 runners at home plate." Cliff Mapes' all-around play so impresed manager Casey Stengel that he used him as a starter in 1950 also, Mapes hit .247. And, the point is, the Yankees won World Series both years, 1949 and 1950. However, the negative was Cliff Mapes had one hit in 10 at bats, plus one error in the '49 World Series and then went 0-for-4 in the 1950 WS. Meanwhile, a young Yankees outfielder took over Cliff Mapes position, baseball legend Mickey Mantle. So, at the end of July in 1951, the Yankees sold him to the St. Louis Browns. The always hustling Cliff Mapes nickname was Tiger.

Dick Littlefield, born in Detroit. Dick Littlefield combined a knowledge of the game with the ability to mix up his pitches and consistently throw his fastball over home plate for strikes. Even though, he had the misfortune for playing for lousy teams, Dick Littlefield was highly capable and pitched in the majors for 9 seasons. His statistics for strike outs (Ks) show 495 Ks in 761.2 career innings, a very nice ratio.

Matt Batts, born in San Antonio, Tezas. Matt Batts was a successful major league catcher during his 10 seasons in the majors. He fit in quickly with the Red Sox pitching staff during the start of his major league career, 1947-mid-1951. During the 1950 season under Red Sox manager Steve O'Neil, who took over from an ailing Joe McCarthy in June, Matt Batts saw action in 75 games and batted .273 with 22 extra base hits and compiled the highest fielding average of any position player beside pitchers. The 5 feet 11 inch, 200 pound Matt Batts made only 2 errors, had 29 assists, 306 putouts, was in 3 double plays for a .994 fielding percentage. He was traded to the St. Louis Browns then to Detroit in this trade.

Bennie Taylor, born in Metropolis, Illinois where a huge statue of Superman stands today. Ben Taylor played parts of three seasons with three different major league teams, St. Louis Browns in 1951, Detroit Tigers in 1952 and after two years in the minors, with the Milwaukee Braves in 1955. His defense at first base was solid but his batting wasn't on par. He did have "his days of on-field glory," and anyone who reaches this level is a real good baseball player.

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Gene Bearden, born in Lexa, Arkansas. In 1948, the lanky 6 foot 3 inch, 198 pound, left-handed Gen Bearden compiled one of the greatest rookie seasons in baseball history. For Cleveland in 1948, he had 20 wins and 7 loss record and led all American League pitchers with a 2.43 earned run average per 9 innings. That year his stats included 15 complete games in 29 starts with 6 shutouts. And, by the way, Gene Bearden's resounding rookie season played a major role in the Cleveland Indians winning the 1948 American League pennant and the World Series over the Boston Braves. Gene Bearden was also one of the World Series heroes. In Game 3 he pitched a complete game 5-hitter, blanking the Braves 2-0, and also came on in 8th inning with the Indians up 4-3 in the final Game (6) yielded a double to Phil Masi then retired the next 4 batters in order. Gene Bearden was credited with a save. The next year, the star left-hander was bothered by injuries and had a 8-8 record with a 5.10 ERA. He was never the same after that great 1948 season, and during the next 4 years never had a winning record.   

Dick Kryhoski, born in Leonia, New Jersey. Dick Kryhoski played his rookie season, 1949, in a Yankees uniform and batted a fine .294 in 54 games and then, right before Christmas was traded to the Detroit Tigers. He's best remembered by fans of this decade, 1950s, as a hard-hitting first baseman during 1951 for Detroit and after this trade to the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles from 1952-54. In 1951 Dick Kryhoski batted .287 in 119 games, smashed career-high in doubles with 19, in triples with 4 with 52 runs scored and with 57 RBIs. He lined a career-high 16 hom,ers in 1953.

Bob Cain was 28-years old at the time of this trade and was coming off a 12-12 w/l season. After this trade, he compiled a solid 12-10 mark in 170 innings for a St. Louis Browns team which finished the 1952 season with a 64-90 record. The next season Bob Cain ended at 4-10. He did not go with the team when the Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954.

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Transaction occurred on 08/14/1952:
 
 
Detroit Tigers (AL) to St. Louis Browns (AL)
Dick Littlefield
 
  Marlin Stuart
 
  Don Lenhardt
 
  Vic Wertz
 
 
St. Louis Browns (AL) to Detroit Tigers (AL)
Jim Delsing
 
  Ned Garver
 
  Dave Madison
 
  Bud Black
 
 A blockbuster trade was set in motion in the final days of the 1952 season, involving some of the biggest names of the early 1950s. We look back now, and guess it shouldn't been surprising because old St. Louis Browns finished the 1952 season with a dismal 64-90 w/l record in 7th place in the then 8-team American League. The Detroit Tigers were even lousier, the had a 50-104 record in 8th place, 45 games hehind the AL pennant winning NY Yankees.

The players involved were some of the top players of this time-frame.

 

   
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Only eight pitchers in major league history have ever won 20 games for a last place team - Ned Garver, Noodles Hahn, Scott Perry, Howard Ehmke, Sloppy Thurston, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan and Phil Niekro - and Ned Garver is the only player in baseball history to win 20 and hit higher than .300 for a club that lost 100 or more games in one season. Garver broke into the majors in 1948 with the old St. Louis Browns (AL team - moved to Baltimore) and pitched three years before his record tying season in 1951.

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Power-packed, clutch hitter, Vic Wertz starred for the Detroit Tigers with his torrid hitting in the late 1940's. In 1947, Vic Wertz blasted 26 doubles, 20 HR's batted .304 and knocked in 133 runs. In 1950, his stats were 37 D, 27 HRs, batted .308 with 123 RBIs. Traded to the St. Louis Browns in 1953, Vic hit 19 HRs. Baseball Historian While with Cleveland in late 1954, he was a major force for the Indians winning the pennant. In 1956 with the Indians, Wertz hit 32 homers and had 106 RBIs and the following year hit 28 HRs with 105 RBIs. Vic Wertz was a popular slugger wherever he grabbed a bat, drawing loud cheers from his many fans. Wertz always found time to honor requests for autographed photos. Thanks for the memories. baseballhistorian.com archives photos. 

 

Dick Littlefield posted a 2-2 record in 15 games for the Red Sox as a rookie in 1950, then was 1-1 for the Chicago White Sox the next year and then was sold to Detroit. All told the 6 foot, 180 pound, left hander pitched for 11 different major league teams during his 9 seasons in the majors. Dick Littlefield had a career record of 33-54 and completed 16 of 83 starts, plus worked in relief in an additional 160 games. A weell-regarded fastball pitcher, he worked in relief or started and when he was on his best games, he stymied opposing batters. Born in Detroit, Dick Littlefield pitched in 243 major league games, and completed 16 of 83 starts.

 

 
Transaction occurred on 05/25/1954:
 
 
Baltimore Orioles (AL) to Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Dick Littlefield
 
 
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) to Baltimore Orioles (AL)
Cal Abrams
 
     

 
Transaction occurred on 05/17/1956:
 
 
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) to St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Dick Littlefield
 
  Bobby Del Greco
 
 
St. Louis Cardinals (NL) to Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
Bill Virdon
 
     

 
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 12/13/1956:
 
 
Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) to New York Giants (NL)
Jackie Robinson
 
 
 
  Dick Littlefield
 
  Jackie Robinson
 
 
New York Giants (NL) to Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)

 
  Dick Littlefield
 
 
On December 13, 1956, the Brooklyn Dodgers traded Jackie Robinson to the New York Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000 in cash. Less than a month later, Jackie Robinson announced his retirement, voiding the trade. Dodger fans were outraged over the trade, especially because Robinson would have been going to the Dodgers' hated rivals, the New York Giants.  Giants' vice-president Charles Feeney had offered Robinson a $60,000 contract for the 1957 season, in the hope that Robinson would agree to report to the Giants and help boost sagging attendance at the Polo Grounds. Robinson, who had problems with his legs, decided to retire instead.

 

 
Transaction occurred on 04/16/1957:
 
 
Chicago Cubs (NL) to New York Giants (NL)
Ray Jablonski
 
  Ray Katt
 
 
New York Giants (NL) to Chicago Cubs (NL)
Dick Littlefield
 
  Bob Lennon
 
     

 
Transaction occurred on 03/30/1958:
 
 
Chicago Cubs (NL) to Milwaukee Braves (NL) : (Purchase Transaction)
Dick Littlefield
 
     





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