Grove, Cochrane began Hall of Fame careers together
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On Dec. 12, 1933, Mack traded Grove to the Red Sox – netting $125,000 in the exchange. On the same day, he sent Cochrane to the Tigers for Johnny Pasek, who never played a game for the A’s, and $100,000.
The A’s would fail to crack the .500 mark again for 13 seasons.
Upon the trade, Cochrane became the Tigers’ manager and led Detroit to an AL pennant in 1934 and the World Series title in 1935. He finished 10th in the inaugural Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame vote in 1936 – the only regular active player to crack the top 10 – and would be elected to the Hall in 1947.
Grove battled injuries in his first year with the Red Sox in 1934, but bounced back to win four ERA titles in the next five years en route to a career record of 300-141. Just like Cochrane, Grove was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947.
Mack, who remains baseball’s all-time winningest manager with 3,731 victories, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum