During an exhibition game against the Yankees on March 13, 1954, recently acquired Milwaukee Brave Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle in three places and will be sidelined until July 14. The ’51 National League playoff hero is replaced in the Braves’ lineup by a promising prospect named Hank Aaron.
Fast forward to 1957. The turning point was the June 15th trading deadline. The Braves were poised to win the division. General Manager John Quinn decided to repair the teams obvious weakness and acquired second baseman Red Schoendienst from New York for outfielder Bobby Thompson, second baseman Danny O’Connell, and pitcher Ray Crone.
Who can blame him for trading an outfielder when you have Hank Aaron?