On February 26, 1957 — The New York Giants trade future hall of fame right-hander Hoyt Wilhelm to the St. Louis Cardinals for their former All-Star first baseman/outfielder Whitey Lockman. The knuckleballer will win only one of five decisions for the Cardinals before being selected off waivers by Cleveland in September, and New York’s newest infielder will spend two seasons with his old club, hitting .246 in 225 games over that span.

Wilhelm, 34 at the time will go on to pitch until he is 49 years old appearing in 709 games going 99-93 with a 2.29 ERA, he saved 175 games before saves were an official stat.


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