International Trade

Had no idea ’til yesterday (or maybe forgot a couple generations ago) that Minnie Miñoso was once traded (from the White Sox to the then-Indians in 1957) for Early Wynn. Somebody more fluent in useless ancient baseball trivia should correct me if I’m wrong, but I assume this is the only time in history that a player whose major league career spanned four different decades (’30s to ’60s in Wynn’s case) was traded for a player whose major league career spanned five different decades (’40s to ’80s in Miñoso’s case.) And neither team even knew it at the time! (Learned of this remarkable factoid nobody but me will care about in a New York Times piece about Miñoso’s two possible new routes to the Hall of Fame.)

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  1. via facebook:

    Graham Ashmore
    Chuck Eddy Not exactly nobody but you!

    Aaron Cohen
    I used to see Minnie Miñoso every week at my local farmer’s market. Here’s a ball that he autographed for me. [PHOTO OF BASEBALL.]

    Chuck Eddy
    Now I’m curious what kind of organic produce he was shopping for!

    Aaron Cohen
    Usual stuff: berries, carrots, peppers. You know we don’t have a complex array of fruits grown here in the Midwest.
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    Phil Dellio
    Something I read the other day (Miñoso’s on the HOF Veteran’s ballot again, so Joe Posnanski was writing about him): the White Sox wanted him to suit up in the ’90s, too, but Miñoso declined.

    Chuck Eddy
    That sounds kind of familiar. May have read about it at the time. The NYT piece I linked makes a fairly convincing case for his induction, seems to me.

    Phil Dellio
    James has been pushing him for years. I think he’s second behind Mantle using modern metrics for some designated decade-long block.

    Kara Tucker
    Minoso and Dick Allen are both overdue.

    Phil Dellio
    Something you might find interesting: Early Wynn was part of the original (1977) Jays radio team. My memories are dim, but I think they were trying to turn him into a Dizzy Dean-type guy, with lots of folksy anecdotes from his playing days. Don’t think he lasted very long.

    Kara Tucker
    From the SABR bio on him — “Early Wynn worked as a broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Chicago White Sox after his election to the Hall of Fame, and also owned a restaurant and bowling alley for a time.”

    Chuck Eddy
    Didn’t know that! What I’m really curious about, though, is what percentage of Early Wynn’s pitching victories were day games. (Think about it.)

    Phil Dellio
    Touché! (Should have been a closer named Twilight Save.)

    Kara Tucker
    I guess he should have been called Late Wynn. [ATTACHED CHART SHOWING HIM 117-94 FOR NIGHT GAMES AND 183-150 FOR DAY GAMES LIFETIME, E.R.A.’S RESPECTIVELY 3.27 AND 3.70]

    Chuck Eddy
    He died in 1999, apparently. So “the late Early Wynn” would be accurate.

    Phil Dellio
    All right, Kara–a B-Ref splits person.

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