On ,December 12 1984 – St. Louis sends slugger George Hendrick and a minor leaguer to the Pirates for P John Tudor and C Brian Harper. Tudor, at 12-11, was the ace of the Bucs’ staff, which set a record by having the National League’s best ERA even though the team finished last. The 35-year-old Hendrick will play just a half season in the Iron City before going to California.

Tudor will go 62-26 over 5 seasons pitching for the Cardinals including an incredible 1985 season when we won 21 games and pitched 10 shutouts. He nearly pitched St Louis to the title vs the Royals. He will also go 5-4 in 2 7 Game World Series losses in 1985 and 1987. He will however get his ring pitching in relief for the 1988 Los Angles Dodgers.

Harper will bounce around until latching on with the Twins in 1988 and becoming a 300 hitter and solid back stop. He will also get a ring playing for the 1991 Twins.

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