Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 5

1976 SSPC #143 - Bucky Dent

On this day in 1977, Bucky Dent was traded to the New York Yankees for Oscar Gamble, LaMarr Hoyt, Bob Polinsky and $200,000.

Bucky was drafted twice by the St. Louis Cardinals, once in June 1969 and once in January 1970. He did not sign either time. Instead, Dent signed when the White Sox drafted him sixth overall in the June 1970 draft. Bucky was runner up for Rookie of the Year in 1974 and 1975 saw his first All-Star Game. He spent four years with the White Sox parent club and hit .260 over that span.

Dent would go on to infamy with the New York Yankees for his three-run home run during a 1978 playoff game against the Boston Red Sox. Two of the players received in the trade would help two different successful White Sox teams. Gamble became part of the folklore of the South Side Hitmen in 1977 and Hoyt would help catapult the 1983 team to legendary status in Chicago.

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