On November 17, 1947 — In the first of two deals between The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Browns on consecutive days they engineer a blockbuster eight-player deal the Browns trade right-hander Jack Kramer along with All-Star shortstop Vern Stephens to the Red Sox for Pete Layden, Joe Ostrowski, Roy Partee, Eddie Pellagrini, Al Widmar, Jim Wilson, and $310,000.
The key player is shortstop Vern Stephens, who comes to Boston after hitting .279 with 15 home runs and 83 RBI. Boston plans to bat their new slugging middle infielder, known as Junior to his teammates, behind Ted Williams. Stephens will lead the American League in RBI in two of the next three seasons while averaging 33 home runs each year.
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