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This Week in 1960s Baseball

(June 15, 1964) The most famous – and most productive – trade in St. Louis Cardinals history was made today when the Cardinals sent a pair of former 20-game winners, Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz, along with outfielder Doug Clemens, to the Chicago Cubs for three players: pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth, and an outfielder named Lou Brock.

Lou Brock was batting .251 with the Chicago Cubs when he was traded to the Cardinals in 1964. He batted .348 for the Cardinals over the rest of the season, and retired 15 years later after putting together a Hall of Fame career.

For the Cubs, the trade worked out this way: Broglio went 4-7 for the rest of that year and 7-19 for the Cubs over three years. Shantz went 0-1 for the Cubs before being purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies in August. Clemens hit .279 with 12 RBIs in 54 games with the Cubs. (He hit .221 for Cubs the next year.)

For the Cardinals, the trade worked out this way: Spring pitched in only two innings. Toth never made an appearance. Brock, however, led the Cardinals to the World Series, and followed up with a career that led to his eventual enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Lou Brock had a fabulous second half for the Cardinals in 1964. In 103 games, he hit .348 and scored 84 runs, with nine triples, 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. He was the offensive spark plug for a Cardinals team that won its first pennant since 1946.

In the World Series against the New York Yankees, Brock was instrumental in helping St. Louis take the championship, batting .300 with five RBIs and nine hits in seven games, including two doubles and a home run.

Ernie Broglio was 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals when he was traded to the Cubs in 1964. He was 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA for the Cubs over the rest of the season, and retired two years later after going 7-19 in three seasons with Chicago.

Brock finished his career with the Cardinals, retiring in 1979 with 3,023 hits and, at the time, the career record for stolen bases with 938. He broke Maury Wills’ single-season record for stolen bases with 118 in 1974 and was the most prolific base stealer during the 1960s, with 430.

 

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The Art of the Out

 

Glancing Back, and Remembering Art Ditmar

Pitcher Art Ditmar was well acquainted with the A’s-Yankees shuttle. He split his entire nine-season major league career between those two franchises.

In 1956, pitching for the Kansas City Athletics, Art Ditmar led the American League in losses at 12-22. Five years later …

During the 1950s, the Yankees repeatedly turned to the Athletics for strategic trades that brought needed talent to New York. Ditmar was one of those acquisitions. He was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1948 and, following four seasons in the minors and two in military service, he made his way to the A’s staff at the end of the 1954 season, going 1-4 with a 6.41 ERA in 14 appearances.

In 1955, with the Athletics now located in Kansas City, Ditmar gradually moved into a starting role, ending the season at 12-12 with a 5.03 ERA. In 1956, he led the American League in losses at 12-22, but he was also fourth in the league in games started (34) and sixth in innings pitched (254.1). His performance earned him a trip to New York, as the A’s traded Ditmar (with Bobby Shantz and Clete Boyer) to the New York Yankees.

As a member of the Yankees’ staff, Ditmar got fewer starts (and fewer innings) but consistently better results. Used primarily as a reliever in 1957, Ditmar went 8-3 with a 3.25 ERA and six saves. He went 9-8 in 1958, and moved into New York’s starting rotation in 1959, producing a 13-9 record with a 2.90 ERA.

Pitching for the New York Yankees, Art Ditmar was fourth in the American League in victories at 15-9.

Ditmar’s best season was 1960, when he led the Yankees staff in wins with a 15-9 record. However, his role as Yankees ace was short-lived. He was 2-3 for the Yankees in 1961 when he was traded with Deron Johnson back to the Athletics for pitcher Bud Daley, a 16-game winner for the A’s in each of the previous two seasons. Despite his success as a starter in New York, Ditmar found himself assigned to the Kansas City bullpen, and going winless for the rest of the 1961 campaign. He appeared in six games for the Athletics in 1962, and was released. He never pitched in the majors again.

Ditmar was 72-77 in nine major league seasons. He was 47-32 in his five seasons with the Yankees. His career earned run average was 3.98.

 

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Colts Unbeatable?

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(April 10, 1962) At Colt Stadium in Houston, the Colt .45s, in their first ever major league game, today defeated the Chicago Cubs, 11-2.

Left-hander Bobby Shantz throws the first pitch in the first game for the Houston Colt .45s. Shantz pitched a five-hit complete game as the Colts beat the Chicago Cubs 11-2.

 

Right fielder Roman Mejias was the hitting star for the Colts. Mejias got three hits, including a pair of three-run home runs. Catcher Hal Smith doubled and hit a solo home run.

Third baseman Bob Aspromonte recorded the first hit in the Houston franchise’s history with a single to left field to lead off the game. Aspromonte scored the Colts’ first run on Al Spangler’s triple.

Aspromonte also had three hits. He recorded another franchise first when he stole second base in the eighth inning.

Former Yankee hurler Bobby Shantz (1-0) got the win. Shantz pitched a five-hit complete games, striking out four and walking one. The Cubs scored on Ernie Banks’ solo home run in the seventh inning and added another run in the eighth inning on a Lou Brock sacrifice fly.

Outfielder Roman Mejias hit a pair of three-run home runs for the Colts

The losing pitcher was Cubs starter Don Cardwell (0-1).

The Colts would sweep their three-game season-opening series with the Cubs. They would finish their inaugural month in fifth place at 7-8. The Colts would finish the 1962 season at 64-96, in eighth place ahead of the Cubs and the New York Mets.

Pour Me a Double (or Triple … or any RBI Hit)

 

Glancing Back, and Remembering Bennie Daniels

In the early years of the “new” Washington Senators franchise, there were few rewards for pitching well. One of the hurlers who pitched consistently well, with so little to show for it, was a right-hander named Bennie Daniels.

The Washington Senators’ first season was Bennie Daniels’ best. With a team that finished 61-100, Daniels was 12-11 with a 3.44 ERA.

The Washington Senators’ first season was Bennie Daniels’ best. With a team that finished 61-100, Daniels was 12-11 with a 3.44 ERA.

Daniels was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951. He advanced steadily through the Pirates’ farm system (with a two-year military service detour), winning 17 games with Hollywood in the Pacific Coast League in 1957 and 14 games with Columbus (International League) in 1958, while making brief appearance with the Pirates both seasons. He made the Pirates’ roster for a full season in 1959, going 7-9 with a 5.45 ERA. He split the 1960 season between Pittsburgh and Columbus, and in the off-season was dealt to the Washington Senators for pitcher Bobby Shantz.

In Washington, Daniels moved right into the starting rotation, going 12-11 with a 3.44 ERA for a team that finished its inaugural run in ninth place with a 61-100 record.  His record slipped to 7-16 in 1962 with a 4.85 ERA, and in 1963 he posted a 5-10 record with a 4.38 ERA. The 1964 season was something of a “comeback” for Daniels, as he went 8-10 with a much-improved 3.70 ERA. But Daniels was now 32 years old, and some of the zip had faded from his fastball. He went 5-13 for the Senators in 1965, and retired at the end of that season.

Daniels’ nine-season big league career produced a 45-76 won-lost record with a 4.44 career earned run average.

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How Lou Flew to St. Loo

 

Swap Shop: Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio

It was probably the most lopsided trade of the 1960s. (After all, Milt Pappas was 30-29 in two-plus seasons for the Cincinnati Reds.)

At first, it looked like a “steal” for the Chicago Cubs. It turned out that the St. Louis Cardinals added a base thief who would be pivotal in helping them steal the 1964 National League pennant.

Ernie Broglio was the key player the Chicago Cubs coveted in the Lou Brock deal. Coming off an 18-8 season with the Cardinals in 1963, Broglio would win only seven games for the Cubs before retiring in 1966.

Ernie Broglio was the key player the Chicago Cubs coveted in the Lou Brock deal. Coming off an 18-8 season with the Cardinals in 1963, Broglio would win only seven games for the Cubs before retiring in 1966.

The Cardinals sent two former 20-game winners, Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz, along with outfielder Doug Clemens, to the Cubs for pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth, and an outfielder named Lou Brock.

From the Cubs’ perspective, Broglio was the key player in the deal. He was a proven winner, notching 21 victories in 1960 and leading the Cardinals in 1963 with an 18-8 record and a 2.99 ERA. From 1960-1963, Broglio averaged 15 wins and 218 innings per season, with a combined ERA of 3.15.

But that wasn’t the Ernie Broglio that the Cubs received in exchange for Brock.

In 11 starts for the Cardinals in 1964, Broglio was 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA. A change of scenery didn’t help. Over the rest of the 1964 campaign, Broglio was 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA for the Cubs.

And the other players acquired by the Cubs didn’t help to compensate for Broglio’s slide. In 20 relief appearances with the Cubs, Shantz was 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA and a single save. And Clemens batted .279 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 54 games.

(In August, the Cubs sold Shantz to the Philadelphia Phillies. He retired at the end of the 1964 season.)

For Brock, the move to St. Louis launched him on his Hall of Fame career as he led the Cardinals to the World Series. In 103 games, he hit .348 and scored 84 runs, with nine triples, 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.

Lou Brock was a speedy outfield prospect when he was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964. Sixteen seasons later – all with the Cardinals – he would retire with seven stolen base titles, more than 3,000 hits, and a place reserved in Cooperstown.

Lou Brock was a speedy outfield prospect when he was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964. Sixteen seasons later – all with the Cardinals – he would retire with seven stolen base titles, more than 3,000 hits, and a place reserved in Cooperstown.

In the World Series against the New York Yankees, Brock was instrumental in helping St. Louis take the championship, batting .300 with 5 RBIs and nine hits in seven games, including two doubles and a home run.

Brock would be a standout performer for the Cardinals for the next decade and a half, batting a combined .297 (while batting .300 or better seven times), leading the league in stolen bases seven times and collecting over 2,700 hits (on his way to 3,023 hits for his career).

It was a trade that neither team – or its fans – would ever forget. (Or, in the case of Cubs’ fans, forgive.)

 

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Glancing Back, and Remembering Lou Brock

The most famous – and most productive – trade in St. Louis Cardinals history was made on June 15, 1964. The Cardinals sent a pair of former 20-game winners, Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz, along with outfielder Doug Clemens, to the Chicago Cubs for three players: Pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth, and an outfielder named Lou Brock.

Lou Brock twice led the National League in runs scored, with 113 in 1967 and 126 in 1971.

Lou Brock twice led the National League in runs scored, with 113 in 1967 and 126 in 1971.

Lou Brock had a fabulous second half for the Cardinals in 1964. In 103 games, he hit .348 and scored 84 runs, with nine triples, 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. He was the offensive spark plug for a Cardinal team that won its first pennant since 1946. In the World Series against the New York Yankees, Brock was instrumental in helping St. Louis take the championship, batting .300 with five RBIs and nine hits in seven games, including two doubles and a home run.

Brock’s performance was no fluke. He led the league in stolen bases each year from 1966 to 1969. His best year offensively was during the Cardinals’ pennant-winning season of 1967. Brock had career highs in hits (206), triples (12), home runs (21), RBIs (76) and batted .299. He led the majors with 113 runs scored.

In the 1967 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, Brock hit .414 with 12 hits and three stolen bases as the Cardinals took the Series four games to three. In 1968, Brock capped another strong regular season – when he led the major leagues in doubles (46), triples (14), and stolen bases (62) – by elevating his performance again in the Fall Classic. Against the Detroit Tigers, Brock hit .464 with 13 hits in seven games. His hits included three doubles, a triple and two home runs. Brock also drove in five runs and stole seven bases. His performance probably would have made him a strong candidate for World Series Most Valuable Player had the Cardinals been able to hold on and win the Series’ seventh game.

Brock finished his career with the Cardinals, retiring in 1979 with 3,023 hits and, at the time, the career record for stolen bases with 938. He eventually broke Maury Wills’ single-season record for stolen bases with 118 in 1974.

Lou Brock was baseball’s most prolific base stealer during the 1960s. He led the National League in steals from 1966-1969.

Lou Brock was baseball’s most prolific base stealer during the 1960s. He led the National League in steals from 1966-1969.

He was the most prolific base stealer during the 1960s, with 430 (Luis Aparicio was tops in the American League with 342 stolen bases during the decade).  And though Brock recorded over 3,000 hits during his career, he never led the league in that category.

Brock was an All-Star six times. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rock Around the Brock

 

Glancing Back, and Remembering Ernie Broglio

The short career of pitcher Ernie Broglio was really the sum of two careers. For five seasons, he was one of the best right-handers in the National League as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting rotation. Then in three seasons with the Chicago Cubs, he was a heartbreaking disaster, pitching against impossible expectations with an arm that was out of juice.

Ernie Broglio led the National League in wins in 1960 with a 21-9 record. He won 18 games for the Cardinals in 1963.

Ernie Broglio led the National League in wins in 1960 with a 21-9 record. He won 18 games for the Cardinals in 1963.

Broglio was signed by the independent Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League in 1954 and was acquired by the New York Giants two years later. He won 16 minor league games in each of the next tw0 seasons, and was dealt to the Cardinals in October of 1958.

Broglio was 7-12 in his rookie season with the Cardinals, but led the National League in wins in 1960 with a 21-9 record, posting a 2.74 ERA (second in the league to Mike McCormick’s 2.70). He slipped to 9-12 in 1961 and flipped his record to 12-9 in 1962, finishing third on the team in wins and in innings pitched (222.1).

In 1963, Broglio’s 18-8 record tied him for the team lead in victories (with Bob Gibson). Working almost entirely as a starter, he was second on the team in earned run average (2.99), innings pitched (250), shutouts (5) and complete games (11).

In 1964, Broglio pitched effectively but had only a 3-5 record (with a 3.50 ERA) when the Cardnals traded him with Doug Clemens and Bobby Shantz to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth. It turned out to be one of the most-lopsided deals of the decade, as Broglio won only seven games for the Cubs over the next three seasons while Brock led the Cardinals to the 1964 National League pennant in 1964 en route to a Hall of Fame career.

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Ernie Broglio was 3-5 for the Cardinals in 1964 when he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Brock. He would win only seven games for the Cubs over the next three seasons.

The fact was, Broglio’s had little left after pitching 218 innings per season during the previous four yearswith the Cardinals.  He was 4-7 for the Cubs over the remainder of the 1964 season. That was more games than he would win for Chicago over the next two years combined. He retired, at age 30, after going 2-6 in 1966.

Broglio posted a 77-74 career record with a 3.74 ERA.

 

 

 

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Nothing Got By Bobby

The Glove Club: Bobby Shantz

Bobby Shantz was one of the best-fielding pitchers of the 1950s and 1960s. He won eight consecutive Gold Gloves from 1957 to 1964, and was the first player to win that award in both leagues. He also won 119 games (against 99 losses) in a 16-year major league career.

The American League MVP in 1954, Bobby Shantz was the first player to win a Gold Glove in both leagues.

The American League MVP in 1954, Bobby Shantz was the first player to win a Gold Glove in both leagues.

Shantz was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1948 and was pitching in the major leagues a year later, going 6-8 with a 3.40 ERA as a rookie in 1949. He was 18-10 for the A’s in 1951, and was 24-7 in 1952, leading the American League in wins and capturing the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

He was plagued by injuries over the next three seasons and was traded to the New York Yankees in 1956, going 11-5 for the Yankees in 1957 and leading the American League with a 2.45 ERA. Over the next three seasons, Shantz made the transition from starter to the bullpen, where he would work throughout the 1960s.

In 1960 Shantz was selected by the Washington Senators in the expansion draft, and then was traded almost immediately to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Harry Bright, Bennie Daniels and R C Stevens. After going 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA for the Pirates in 1961, Shantz again was selected in an expansion draft, this time by the Houston Colt .45s. He split the 1962 season between the Houston Colt .45s and the St. Louis Cardinals, posting a combined record of 6-4 with a 1.95 ERA.

In 1964, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs as part of the deal that brought Lou Brock to the Cardinals. Shantz closed out his career pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1965. He finished with a career earned run average of 3.38. Shantz was a three-time All-Star.

 

 

 

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