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Dodgers Trade Skowron to Senators for Cash

Dec. 6, 1963 - The world champion Los Angeles Dodgers sold Bill Skowron, the former Yankee star, to the Washington Senators today. It was a straight cash transaction, with the Senators reported to have paid $25,000 for Moose. Skowron will be 33 years old on Dec. 18. Skowron, after playing nine seasons with the Yanks, was traded to the Dodgers a year ago for a pitcher, Stan Williams. In 89 games, Skowron batted .203, drove in 19 runs, and hit only 4 homers. In the World Series, however, he hit a homer and four singles against his former teammates and drove in three runs. “I wish I could have helped the Dodgers more,” said Skowron today in Los Angeles, “because from top to bottom the Dodger organization treated me wonderfully. I hate to leave Los Angeles, but it’s only temporary because I intend to make my home here. I talked to [Washington manager] Gil Hodges this morning, and everything is fine. Also [Washington general manager] George Selkirk was my manager in 1952 when I played for Kansas City.” In a separate deal, the Los Angeles Angels acquired Joe Adcock from the Cleveland Indians. This completes a trade made earlier in the week when the Angels sent their slugging outfielder, Leon Wagner, to the Indians for a right-handed pitcher, Barry Latman. Adcock, once a feared slugger, has become only a part-time performer. Angels’ manager Bill Rigney said he planned to put Adcock in the clean-up spot in the batting order. “I can’t expect him to play all the time,” Rigney said, “but neither will I platoon him against left-handed pitchers. He’ll face both types when he’s hitting. When he tails off, I’ll rest him.”


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