The Boston Red Sox traded Braggo Roth, a swift running outfielder, and minor leaguer Joe Shannon to the Washington Senators for Mike Menosky, a defensive outfield standout, Harry Harper, one of the Senators leading pitchers and Eddie Foster, a solid all-around third baseman.
Upon Further Review:
A quick glance clearly shows the Boston Red Sox ‘got the best of the deal.’ At the end of the 1919 season, both teams played under .500 ball, Boston finished at 72-81 and Washington at 68-84. However, the kicker was the Senators also received a cash stipend, probably around $20,000, nice $$$ in this era.
Robert Braggo Roth, born in Burlington Wisconsin and the brother of Frank Roth, started playing in 1914 and strung together five solid seasons prior to the winter trade. Starting in 1915 thru 1919 he stole 26, 29, 51, 35 and 20 bases. His 51 bases in 1917 were fourth highest in the American League, trailing Ty Cobb 55, Eddie Collins 53, Ray Chapman 52, and ahead of George Sisler 37. Cobb of Tigers, Collins of Wh Sox and Sisler of St L Browns all are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. In the year after the trade, 1920, Braggio Roth hit a career-high .291 with 23 doubles, 8 triples and 9 homers and sole 24 bases. The next January he was traded to the Yankees, played one more year and retired.
Mike Menosky joined the majors in 1914 and started playing with the Senators in 1916, A team player, he was noted for always hustling and picked up the nickname Leaping Mike. He stole 90 career bases and played with the Red Sox 1920-1923, before retiring. Mike Menosky compiled a .278 lifetime batting average.
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Harry Harper, along with Hall of Fame Walter Johnson and Jim Shaw, was one of the top starting pitchers on the Washington team. Harry Harper’s best years were from 1916-1918, when he went 15-12, 11-12, 11-10 for a poor playing Senators team. When he fell to 6-21 in 1919, he was traded the next year. He played his last season in 1923.
Eddie Foster was a standout third baseman and played 13 years in MLB. A fast base runner he stole 195 career bases. He played eight years in Washington DC and was a fans favorite for his all-around team play.
Joe Shannon batted 10 times in 5 games in 1915 and was playing in the minors at the time of this trade. He was never brought back up to the majors.