Milt Pappas died yesterday. If you don’t remember Milt, he won 209 games over 17 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.
One day before a 1962 start against the Yankees, a writer asked the 23-year-old what he needed to do to beat the Yankees. Pappas replied, “If I pitch a shutout and hit a home run, we’ll probably win.”
You know what happened, right? Pappas went out and pitched 6 shutout innings and hit a home run as the Orioles beat the Yanks 1-0. As Yogi once said, You could look it up.
He had a pretty good career. He was one of a small handful of pitchers to win 150 games by age 30, had 43 shutouts, and tossed a no-hitter. But he will long be remembered for being the key piece in one of the most lopsided trades in MLB history. In 1965, he was traded for Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who went on to lead the Orioles to four World Series.
Reading of Pappas death made me think about some of the trades in sports that didn’t work out too well for one side… like the Herschel Walker trade from Dallas to Minnesota. Or the Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi Angels-Mets trade.
So, what do you say? What do you think is the most lopsided trade in sports history?