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Transaction occurred on 12/08/1954:
Cincinnati Reds (NL) to St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Frank Smith
St. Louis Cardinals (NL) to Cincinnati Reds (NL)
Ray Jablonski
  Gerry Staley

A much... abuzz.... about this trade went on among fans and the media. On December 8, 1954, right before Christmas when nothing was stirring, the St. Louis Cardinals traded mound stalwart Gerald Staley and second-year third baseman Jabbo Jablonski to the Cincinnati Reds for durable reliever Frank Smith.  

1954 Season Update for Reds and Cardinals

A tree-way battle for first division in the then, 8-teams with one-division National League, saw the Phillies edged out the Cardinals and the Reds. So when All Star pitcher Gerry Staley posted a career-worst 7-13 record in 1954, after having standouts records of 19-13, 17-14 and 18-9 from 1951-53, Cardinals management decided to deal him along with hard-hitting 3rd baseman say Jablonski to Cincinnati for reliever Frank Smith. A report out-of-St. Louis' front office stated, "Last season, we felt the club was lacking a good relief pitcher and Frank Smith is one of the best."

Frank Smith broke into the majors with Cincinnati back in 1950. During his second big league season, newspapers and magazines were calling Frank Smith, "an ace in the bullpen". Armed with a fastball and up-and-down pitch, in 1951 he had a 5-5 record with 11 saves in 50 relief games. The next year he had an 12-11 record with 7 saves, then notched a brilliant 8-1 mark, 2 saves in 1954. The season before this trade, Frank Smith posted a 5-8 record with a career-best 20 saves with a 2.67 ERA. However after this trade he managed to pitch in just 28 games in '55 with St. Louis, then was dealt back to the Reds.

For the St. Louis Cardinals in 1953 and 1954, Ray Jabbo Jablonski compiled one of the finest first two offensive seasons in major league baseball history. In 1953, his offensive stats included a .268 batting average with 23 doubles, 5 three-baggers and 21 round-trippers and 112 RBIs, in 604 at bats and Jabbo Jablonski struckout just 61 times. His sophomore year's stats were .296, with 33 Ds, 3 Ts, 12 Hrs, 80 runs, 104 RBIs with just 42 Ks in 611 at bats. The hot-hitting third baseman quickly became a fans favorite in St Louis and Ray Jablonski formed part of the “Polish Falcons” with the 1950s Cardinals, along with Stan Musial, Rip Repulski, and Steve Bilko.

And, then, baseball fans were shocked he was then traded. Why??? During this trade to the Redlegs, St. Louis management stated his defensive work at third base was so, so, and we're bringing up a standout rookie third baseman, Ken Boyer. Jabbo had two fine years in Cincinnati although he didn't rang up numbers like his first two years in St. Louis. The Reds traded him in 1957 to the old New York Giants.

Gerry Staley, born in Brush Prairie, Washington. The right-handed Gerald Staley threw sidearm, and tossed an assortment of pitches including sinkerball, occasionally a fluttering knuckleball and most of all had great control. Gerry Staley debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals as a 27-year-old rookie in 1947. In 1949 he had a 10-10 record with a 2.73 ERA ( 2nd lowest in the NL). For the Cardinals Staley strung-up four consecutive years of over 200 innings pitched per/season, 1950-53, posting records of 13-13, 19-13 and 17-14. Highlights: on April 27, 1951 Gerry Staley stymied the Cubs on 6-hits en-route to a 3-0 shutout. Voted to the NL All Star Team in ’53, he was traded to Cincinnati in this trade… then to NY Yanks in mid-year. On September 30 1950 Staley and teammate George Red Munger each pitched a shutout in double header wins over the Cubs. Placed on waivers Gerry Staley was picked by the Chicago White Sox in mid-’56. 

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Transaction occurred on 11/13/1956:
Chicago Cubs (NL) to Cincinnati Reds (NL)
Don Hoak
  Warren Hacker
  Pete Whisenant
Cincinnati Reds (NL) to Chicago Cubs (NL)
Elmer Singleton
  Ray Jablonski

A  five baseball player trade. Big deal recalls fans shaking heads after favorites traded away -  Baseball History

In early winter of 1956, on November 13, the Chicago Cubs traded popular pitcher Warren Hacker, plus 3-year, veteran third baseman Don Hoak and starting outfielder Pete Whisenant to the Cincinnati Reds for third baseman Jabbo Jablonski and relief pitcher Elmer Singleton. And of course $$$ shifted hands and some future players to be considered.

Upon Further Review

One Cincinnati newspaper writer summed up the trade like this, "Why would the Reds and Cubs make this trade? Jabbo Jablonski is very popular with Reds fans, while Don Hoak was just getting started as the third baseman of Chicago. And, it seems Warren Hacker is still capable of winning 10-15 games." 

Here's the final outcome of this trade: 

The long drought had ended for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956. Every season from 1944 thru 1955, Cincinnati had a losing record. In 1956 and 1957 the Reds compiled a winning record. The Cubbies meanwhile, after winning the 1945 National League pennant and losing the World Series to Detroit, posted a losing record every season from 1947 thru 1963 - and that's a long-time!
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Cubs Win 2-1 on Warren Hacker's 1-Hitter 5/22/1955 Cubs Win 2-1 on Warren Hacker's 1-Hitter 5/22/1955
Homer in 9th by Braves strongman, George Crowe, ends Hacker's no-hit bid

May 22, 1955, Milwaukee, Newspaper Clippings

Warren Hacker was two outs from hurling a no-hit no-run shutout when pinch-hitter George Crowe hit a home run into the rightfield bleachers in Milwaukee's' County Stadium before a screaming crowd of 26,279. Warren Hacker's masterful pitching job was helped by Dee Fondy's seventh inning home run.

Ironically, Warren Hacker while pitching the greatest game of his career did not strike out any Braves' batters. Sixteen of the 29 Braves either flied out or lined out to the outfield. His other 11 outs came on infield outs. And, he walked only one batter.

Warren Hacker and the Braves Chet Nichols dueled all the way, but the Cubs' righthander was just too much for the Braves. Hacker's sidearm fastball gave the Braves the most trouble. He threw only 86 pitches in the entire game which took only one hour and 39 minutes.

An error gave the Cubs their first run in the 6th inning. With one out, Eddie Miksis walked and scored a moment later when Gene Baker singled to right and Hank Aaron let the ball roll between his legs. Baker reaching third on the error.

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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 03/25/1959:
San Francisco Giants (NL) to St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
Bill White
  Ray Jablonski
St. Louis Cardinals (NL) to San Francisco Giants (NL)
Sam Jones
  Don Choate

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