He had the kind of scary power that made scouts drool and pitchers cringe.
He also brought with him the kind of defensive liabilities that made his own pitchers cringe. Continue reading
This Week in 1960s Baseball
In exchange for Stuart, the Phillies gave up left-handed starting pitcher Dennis Bennett (12-14).
Stuart had posted strong back-to-back seasons with the Red Sox. In 1963, he hit 45 home runs in his first season in Boston and led the American League with 118 RBIs. He followed up in 1964 with 33 home runs and 114 RBIs.
Prior to coming to Boston, Stuart had spent five seasons at first base for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the first major league player to hit 30 or more home runs in a season in each league.
The deal turned out better for Philadelphia than for the Red Sox. Stuart hit 28 home runs and drove in 95 runs during his only season with the Phillies. He was traded to the New York Mets before the 1966 season.
Bennett saw limited work with the Red Sox over the next three years, with a combined record of 12-13 with a 3.96 ERA.