In probably the most significant day of the Whitey Herzog Era, the Cardinals trade All-Star shortstop Garry Templeton to San Diego on this date 30 years ago for future Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.
Cardinals fans were dumbfounded at the time. Despite a very public spat between Herzog and Templeton, they wondered how St. Louis manager and GM Herzog could trade an excellent hitting shortstop for a guy with a .231 batting average and just one home run in four seasons with the Padres. But the reason for the deal soon became obvious as Smith became the heart and soul of the defense for a club that won three National League pennants in the 1980s as well as the 1982 World Series championship.
Ozzie worked his way from the bottom of the batting order to the top by hitting .272 in his time in St. Louis. And in 15 years in St. Louis he was a big part of the Cardinals culture of speed, swiping 433 bases while being caught only 102 times.
The Wizard was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.
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