TOT – The Time Jim Thorpe Was a Brave

Transaction of Today – May 21, 1919…The New York Giants trade Jim Thorpe to the Boston Braves for a player to be named later. The Boston Braves sent Pat Ragan (May 30, 1919) to the New York Giants to complete the trade. He was the greatest American athlete of his time. A Gold Medalist, professional football player, and even a basketball player, Jim Thorpe also played a half-dozen years of professional baseball. His natural gifts…

TOT – Braves Let Casey Stengel Start His Epic Journey

Transaction of Today – May 20, 1925…The Boston Braves release Casey Stengel. It was his second career as a manager that would one day get him to Cooperstown, but for fourteen years, The Old Perfessor (sic) played professional ball – and sometimes rather well. His last stop with Boston, much like his first stop with Brooklyn, would allow Stengel to both play and manage for the same franchise. Of course, it was later as the…

TOT: The Trevor Cahill Trade(s)

Transaction of Today – April 2, 2015…The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Trevor Cahill and cash ($6.5 million) to the Atlanta Braves for Josh Elander. When the Atlanta Braves acquired Cahill right before the 2015 season, it was with the idea that he would bring depth to a rotation that also, sadly enough, included Eric Stults. However, this trade’s real value came in a separate, but connected trade. We wouldn’t know about that until a couple of days…

TOT – Braves Deal Torre, Acquire Cepeda

Transaction of Today…March 17, 1969 – The Atlanta Braves traded Joe Torre to the St. Louis Cardinals for Orlando Cepeda. Just a few weeks before the 1969 season kicked off, the Braves acquired a former MVP. Unfortunately, it cost them a future MVP. Joe Torre appeared for the Braves first in 1960 before becoming the runner-up for the 1961 Rookie of the Year. Slowly, but surely, he grew into a power-hitting catcher. He hammered 20…

TOT – Braves Deal for Salary Relief…but in 1978

Transaction of Today – March 15, 1978…As part of a 4-team trade: The Atlanta Braves sent Willie Montanez to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers sent Tommy Boggs, Adrian Devine and Eddie Miller to the Atlanta Braves. Texas Rangers sent a player to be named later and to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers sent Bert Blyleven to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Nelson Norman and Al Oliver to the Texas…

TOT – Braves Add Sheffield

Transaction of Today…January 15, 2002 – The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Gary Sheffield to the Atlanta Braves for Andrew Brown, Brian Jordan and Odalis Perez. He wanted out. The Braves wanted an impact bat to put with Chipper Jones. And the Dodgers just wanted to get rid of a cancer. All parties got exactly what they wanted 16 years ago as the Braves finally completed a deal for Gary Sheffield. It had been a long…

TOT: Milwaukee Braves Go Big to Get O’Connell

Transaction of Today…December 26, 1953: The Milwaukee Braves traded Larry Lassalle (minors), Sid Gordon, Sam Jethroe, Curt Raydon, Max Surkont, Fred Waters and $100,000 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Danny O’Connell. You almost never see a deal as lopsided as this one. Milwaukee sent six players – and cash – to the Pirates for one player. It was the kind of deal that begs to be a failure and it predictably was. While the O’Connell…