This Day in White Sox History: Luis and Robin leave the Sox

This Day in White Sox History: Luis and Robin leave the Sox
Robin Ventura during his tenure with the Mets. This is his famous "Grand Slam Single" from the 1999 NCLS. (AP)

December 1, 1964 - The Sox traded pitcher Frank Baumann to the Cubs for catcher Jimmie Schaffer. It was the first time the two Chicago clubs ever made a direct trade with each other. 

December 1, 1970 - For the second and final time, the White Sox traded Luis Aparicio. The future Hall of Fame shortstop was sent to the Red Sox for infielders Luis Alvarado and Mike Andrews. Those players helped the Sox in the early 70's but this is one Roland Hemond trade, that some have second guessed. In 1972, had the Sox had Aparicio to provide some stability to the infield, they may have copped the Western Division title. Lee "Bee-Bee" RichardAlvarado and Rich Morales simply weren’t the answer at short that season.

December 1, 1998 - Popular and proficient third baseman Robin Ventura signed a free agent contract with the Mets. Ventura, who was an outspoken critic of the ‘White Flag' trade, won five Gold Gloves in his time on the South Side. He was also one of the most powerful hitters at that position in club history.

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