On December 2, 1971 — Major league teams engineer eight trades, involving a total of 30 players. In the biggest trades:
P Doyle Alexander is sent by the Dodgers along with P Bob O’Brien, C Sergio Robles, and OF Royle Stillman to the Orioles, for OF Frank Robinson and P Pete Richert.
After acquiring Robinson, the Dodgers send 1B Dick Allen to the White Sox for P Tommy John and IF Steve Huntz.
The White Sox also send IF Rich McKinney to the Yankees in exchange for P Stan Bahnsen.
The Yankees get IF Bernie Allen from the Rangers in a deal for two pitching prospects.
Finally, 1B John Mayberry is sent by the Astros to the Royals in a four-player transaction.
Frank Robinson will last just one year in LA and Dick Allen will win the 1972 AL MVP for the White Sox. Tommy John will go on to win almost 300 games but be more famous for the surgery he had and John Mayberry will be a steady performer for the Royals for several seasons. Driving in 100 runs 3 times and finishing 2 in the MVP Voting in 1975.
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