On This Date 12/10/1971
In one of the most infamous trades in baseball history, the New York Mets ship Nolan Ryan and three prospects to the California Angels for Jim Fregosi. Fregosi was a six-time All-Star with the Angels and was viewed as the steady-hitting third baseman the Mets had sought for years. Ryan often struggled with his control while pitching with the Mets, posting a record of 29-38 in five seasons. The raw talent of Nolan Ryan finally harnessed his fastball and went on to a Hall of Fame career, while Fregosi suffered a hand injury and was released by the Mets in 1973.