February 11, 1982
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres trade finally goes through. St. Louis sends Gary Templeton to San Diego for Ozzie Smith. The trade took nearly two months to go through.
In the end, Smith would go on to win another 11 Gold Gloves after winning 2 in San Diego. He would also be a 14-time All-Star with St. Louis giving him 15 for his career. Smith would go on to be named to the Hall of Fame in 2002 after becoming arguably the greatest defensive shortstop in MLB history.
Templeton did well in San Diego as a solid shortstop, but didn’t quite have the career that Smith did.
Born on this day:
1949 Ben Oglivie
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.