Thursday, February 25, 2010
From my Page-a-Day Calendar e-mail...
February 25, 1972
Just to prove a point about owner-ballplayer control in the days before free agency, St. Louis Cardinals owner Gussie Busch refuses to offer left-hander Steve Carlton more than $60,000 per season and trades him to Philadelphia. Carlton wastes no time proving the error of the beer baron’s ways when he gets to his new club. He’ll compile one of baseball’s finest overall seasons in 1972, winning 27 games for a last-place team. Known simply as “Lefty,” he’ll earn four Cy Young Awards, winning 329 games in all, and amass 4,136 strikeouts.
Also on this day in 1997 the Phillies signed Danny Tartabull. I would say the Carlton acquisition was a better move.