On June 11, 1968 The Reds send pitchers Milt Pappas and Ted Davidson‚ and IF Bob Johnson to the Braves for pitchers Tony Cloninger and Clay Carroll and IF Woody Woodward.
Davidson‚ who made 54 relief appearances in 1966‚ has never been the same since his estranged wife shot him in the stomach prior to the 1967 season. The 2-5 right-hander, who had been feuding with former teammate and now team broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, becomes expendable when he complains Cincinnati is violating the contract by not having their players fly first-class and is critical of the front office’s refusal to cancel the game on the day of assassinated Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral. He tried to stage a walk out in the game vs the Cardinals.
The Reds were glad to get rid of Pappas, who will forever be remembered for the Frank Robinson trade. At the time of the deal, Pappas was 2-5 with a 5.60 ERA.
. Cloninger never really panned out with the Reds. It was Carroll who proved to be the prize to the deal. He was 71-43 with 119 saves and a 3.27 ERA in eight seasons with the club.