Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg - January 27, 1982
Known for his leaping and diving ability at short, the Phillies traded for Ivan DeJesus, hoping that he would replace the aging Larry Bowa. The deal worked in their favor at first with the Phillies winning the pennant and reaching the World Series in 1983. However, spending just three seasons with the Phillies before moving on and out with the four other teams, DeJesus was not in their long term future. Larry Bowa performed well for the Cubs and brought his intesity into the fray, and helped the Cubs reach the playoffs in 1984, but the 'golden touch' of the deal was the little known, soft-spoken third baseman, by the name of Ryne Sandberg who moved across the infield to solidify second base, and eventually his place there in the Hall of Fame. Sandberg was one the smoothest sure-handed fielders you'll ever see. In 1989-1990, Sandberg had a Major League-record errorless streak lasting 123 games and 584 chances.