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Transaction occurred on 02/01/1954:
Milwaukee Braves (NL) to New York Giants (NL)
Johnny Antonelli
  Don Liddle
  Ebba St. Claire
  Billy Klaus
New York Giants (NL) to Milwaukee Braves (NL)
Bobby Thomson
  Sam Calderone

Two months prior to the 1954 season Opener a major trade between two pennant contending National League teams was completed. On Feb, 1, 1954, the Milwaukee Braves traded pitchers Johnny Antonelli and Don Liddle, plus catcher Ebba St. Claire and minor league infielder Billy Klaus to the New York Giants. In return, Milwaukee received third baseman and outfielder Bobby Thomson and backup catcher Sam Calderone and a reported sum of at least $100,000.

Highlights of the trade:

The pitching rich Milwaukee Braves had too many starting pitchers, Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, Gene Conley, Bob Buhl, Dave Jolly, Jim Wilson and Chet Nichols, and all were proven mound masters. And so, unloaded 23-year old Johnny Antonelli, 12-12 with a 3.18 ERA in 1953, and Don Liddle, 7-6, 3.08 ERA as a rookie in 1953. Catcher Ebba St. Claire, a muscular 6-ft 1-inch, 219 lbs, the Braves backup backstop was traded to make way for rookie catcher Del Crandall. Infielder Billy Klaus was mediocre at best in the Braves minor league sysyem and never played with Leo Durocher's Giants. He was traded to the Red Sox prior to 1955 and was their starting ss for three years then traded.

Bobby Thomson was a major star in New York. Fans remembered he lined a clutch homer in the 1951 playoff to give the Giants the pennant. However, Leo Durocher played no favorites and knew pitching wins games, so to get Johnny Antonelli and Don Liddle he traded Bobby Thomson, one of the most popular players in New York Giants history. Sammy Calderone played in 35 games in 1953 and hit .222.

The outcome of the trade was the New York Giants won the NL pennant and then swept the Cleveland Indians in 4 straight in the 1954 World Series.

In 1954, Johnny Antonelli was 21-7 for the World Champion New York Giants. He led the led the league in winning pct (.750), in ERA with 2.30 and in shutouts (6). Antonelli gave up only 209 hits in 258 innings, started 37 games and completed 18. In one stretch in 1954, this All-Star pitcher went 16-2. He also led the National League with a .219 opponents batting average.

He was a World Series hero in 1954 against the powerful Cleveland Indians by winning one complete game and saving another - he pitched 11 innings and gave up only one run.  In that series, Antonelli started Game 1. He hurled a complete game, allowed 8-hits, struck out 9 as the Giants won 3-1. With only two days rest, he came on in relief in Game 4; faced only 5 batters, got 3 on strike outs and 2 on pop ups to end the game, enabling the Giants to sweep the four game World Series.

In 1956, he won 20 games, lost 13, ERA 2.86 while pitching in 282 innings. 1959, Antonelli went 19-10 with a 3.10 ERA.

 To be sure, Don Liddle played an important part in the success of the 1954 Giants. He was 9-4 with a very five 3.06 earned run average and made 19 starts plus 9 relief appearnces. Don Liddle stated and won Game 4 of the 1954 World Series, allowing one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. He was traded in mid-1956 to the St. Louis Cardinals and retired after that season.

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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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