On this date in 1932 the Cardinals dealt away one of the premiere sluggers in the National League.
Hack Wilson, who led the senior circuit in homers in 1926, '27, '28 and 1930, was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers for minor leaguer Bob Parham and $45,000 in cash. The slugger, who in 1930 drove in 191 runs, never saw the inside of a Cardinals uniform.
He was acquired from the Cubs six weeks earlier -- along with Bud Teachout -- in exchange for veteran hurler Burleigh Grimes.
Teachout, a pitcher who also played in the outfield, was 12-6 with a 4.51 ERA over the two previous seasons with Chicago. He pitched a total of one inning for St. Louis after the swap., allowing two hits but no runs. He never made it to the plate as a hitter. But it wasn't exactly a banner deal for the Cubs, either. Grimes, who was 17-9 with a 3.65 ERA for the Redbirds in 1931, tumbled to 6-11 in 1932 with the Wee Bears with a 4.78 ERA.
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The Cardinals tumbled to sixth place in 1932 without Wilson -- or Grimes -- a year after beating the Atlhetics in the World Series. But they were back on top by 1934 when the Cardinals beat the Tigers in the World Series.