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…

TOT – Braves Add Six-Fingered Alfonseca

Transaction of Today…December 23, 2003 – The Atlanta Braves sign Antonio Alfonseca as a free agent It was the last good year of his eleven-year career. On this day thirteen years ago, the Braves added a right-hander whose nickname of El Pulpo was always more notable than the results he posted on the field. The nickname was Spanish for The Octopus, a play on the fact that Alfonseca was born with six fingers on each…

TOT – Maddux Decides Money is Nice, but Winning is Better

December 9, 1992 – The Atlanta Braves signed Greg Maddux as a free agent. After the 1992 season concluded, the 26 year-old “Professor” was at a crossroads in his career. He had reached new heights the previous season and earned his first Cy Young Award as a member of the Chicago Cubs. However, just as he was realizing his immense potential, he was also hitting free agency for the first time. The Cubs desperately wanted…

TOT – The Braves, Rafael Soriano, and December 7 Have a Connection

Via Wikipedia Commons Transaction of Today…December 7, 2006 – The Atlanta Braves traded Horacio Ramirez to the Seattle Mariners for Rafael Soriano…December 7, 2009 – The Atlanta Braves signed Rafael Soriano as a free agent. Typically, I only have one transaction to review, but since these two involved the same player, I figured we could make an exception. As the 2006 Winter Meetings kicked off, John Schuerholz knew he needed to give Bobby Cox more…

TOT: Braves Trade Underappreciated Joe Adcock

November 27, 1962 – The Milwaukee Braves traded Joe Adcock and Jack Curtis to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later, Don Dillard and Frank Funk. The Cleveland Indians sent Ty Cline (March 18, 1963) to the Milwaukee Braves to complete the trade. It is criminal how little love Joe Adcock receives from the Braves franchise. It’s also understandable because he played with Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron, but it doesn’t make…

TOT – That Month Hoyt Wilhelm was a Boston Brave

Transaction of Today…November 20, 1947: The New York Giants drafted Hoyt Wilhelm from the Boston Braves in the 1947 minor league draft. For about a month, the Boston Braves had the rights to a prospect who was going against the grain by living and dying with a knuckleball. The prevailing wisdom was that only old pitchers trying to extend their career a few years tinkered with a knuckleball as a little something extra. Hoyt Wilhelm…

TOT – Braves Try to Salvage Mike Hampton’s Career…and Fail

Transaction of Today…November 18, 2002: The Florida Marlins traded Mike Hampton and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Ryan Baker (minors) and Tim Spooneybarger. The 2002 Braves had an issue – The Big Three was splitting up. Tom Glavine flirted with the idea of leaving for New York while Greg Maddux was expected to be on his way out as well. The latter would ultimately accept arbitration, but the Braves naturally felt that some other team…