TOT – Bo Porter Joins the Braves. In 2002.

Transaction of Today…April 26, 2002 – The Atlanta Braves signed Bo Porter as a free agent. Keith Allison (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr For ten seasons, outfielder Bo Porter kept hope alive that he could not just earn a trip to the majors, but actually stay in the bigs and carve out a career in the most competitive level of baseball. It would eventually happen, of course. All he needed to do was retire. Before…

TOT – Braves Break the Rules to Sign Seaver

Transaction of Today…January 29, 1966 – The Atlanta Braves drafted Tom Seaver in 1966, but pick was voided. A star at the University of Southern California, Tom Seaver would arrive in the majors in 1967 as the National League Rookie of the Year. Two years later, he would be awarded the Cy Young award in the NL. That fall, Seaver faced the Atlanta Braves in the first Championship Series to decide who would represent the…

TOT – Braves Add Hall of Fame Lefty; Don’t Use Him

January 25, 1943 – The Boston Braves purchased Lefty Gomez from the New York Yankees for $10,000. Public Domain Vernon Louis Gomez would end his career as one of the greatest postseason pitchers of all time. He won all but one of his seven World Series starts (he left his last Series start with a stomach injury after one inning). He twice led the American League in ERA and in both years captured the pitching Triple…

TOT – Beaneaters Get One of Baseball’s Most Vulgar Characters

Transaction of Today…January 10, 1890 – The Boston Beaneaters purchased Tommy Tucker from the Baltimore Orioles for $3,000. Born in Massachusetts, Tommy Tucker’s numbers don’t stand out much outside of ranking third in baseball history with getting hit by a pitch (272 total). Nevertheless, “Foghorn” had a 13-year career in which he left a lasting impression on many people – quite often in a negative way. Tucker originally appeared with the Baltimore Orioles in the…

TOT – Braves Give Up on Mike Kelly

Transaction of Today…January 9, 1996 – The Atlanta Braves traded Mike Kelly to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later and Chad Fox. The Cincinnati Reds sent Ray King (June 11, 1996) to the Atlanta Braves to complete the trade. The year 1991 was the sixth straight season the Atlanta Braves had a draft pick in the top six selections. The previous five only gave the Braves one true cornerstone in Chipper…

TOT – Braves Say Goodbye to Crandall, but Add Alou

Transaction of Today…January 8, 1964 – The San Francisco Giants traded a player to be named later, Felipe Alou, Ed Bailey and Billy Hoeft to the Milwaukee Braves for Del Crandall, Bob Hendley and Bob Shaw. The San Francisco Giants sent Ernie Bowman (January 8, 1964) to the Milwaukee Braves to complete the trade. Del Crandall is one of the truly underappreciated members of the good Milwaukee Braves teams of the late 50’s. A true…

TOT – Boston Beaneaters Add Herman Long

Transaction of Today…January 5, 1890 – The Boston Beaneaters purchased Herman Long from the Kansas City Cowboys for $5000 to $6000. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.) For 13 seasons, Herman Long was an essential component on dominant Boston Beaneaters teams. Yet, as accomplished as his career was, what happened after his death may have been even more fascinating. Of the top 15 players who received votes for the first-ever Hall of Fame…