Blockbuster trade sends Hornsby to Giants, Frisch to Cardinals
And if you have to part ways with a future Hall of Famer, who better to replace him than another Cooperstown-bound player?
In a rare Hall of Famer-for-Hall of Famer swap, on Dec. 20, 1926, St. Louis sent second baseman and player-manager Rogers Hornsby to New York in exchange for second baseman Frankie Frisch and right-hander Jimmy Ring.
Over his 12 seasons with the Cardinals, Hornsby had established himself as one of the game’s best hitters, batting .359 with 191 homers and 2,083 hits. He took over as player-manager in 1925 and, less than three months prior to the trade, led St. Louis to the 1926 World Series title.
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Both Hornsby and Frisch thrived in their new environments in 1927. Frisch batted .337 with a league-leading 48 stolen bases, while Hornsby hit .361 with 125 RBI and 26 home runs. Frisch and Hornsby finished in second and third place, respectively, in the 1927 NL MVP Award voting, while another future Hall of Famer, the Pirates’ Paul Waner, claimed the honor.
Hornsby was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1942. Five years later, in 1947, Frisch joined him in Cooperstown.
Janey Murray was the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum