On November 29, 1971, six teams are involved in a series of blockbuster trades. In a swap of star pitchers, the San Francisco Giants send Gaylord Perry to the Cleveland Indians for Sam McDowell. Perry will win the Cy Young Award in 1972 and later become the first pitcher to win the award in both leagues.
The Chicago Cubs deal pitcher Ken Holtzman to the Oakland A’s for outfielder Rick Monday. Holtsman will be a key contributor to 3 World Championships for the A’s and Rick Monday will become known for saving the American Flag during a game at Wrigley.
The Cincinnati Reds trade first baseman Lee May and two other players to the Houston Astros for second baseman Joe Morgan and four others. This last trade, criticized in the Cincinnati press, is one of the best in Reds history, and puts the wheels on the Big Red Machine, as future Hall of Fame member Morgan will win two MVP Awards with the team.
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