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Pirates Trade Stuart and Lamabe to Red Sox for Schwall and Pagliaroni

Nov. 21, 1962 - The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Dick Stuart (pictured right in 1960), their slugging first baseman, and Jack Lamabe, a relief pitcher, to the Boston Red Sox today for a starting pitcher, Don Schwall, and a catcher, Jim Pagliaroni. “I think we are now in better position to win the pennant,” said Pirates general manager Joe L. Brown, who 48 hours before, had acquired a pitcher, Don Cardwell, in a trade that sent shortstop Dick Groat and reliever Diomedes Olivo to the Cardinals. “It follows up what I promised in New York at the World Series, when I said we were ready to make every intelligent move we can to improve the Red Sox,” said Tom Yawkey, president of the Red Sox. The key men in the trade were Stuart and Schwall, both disappointments in 1962 after impressive performances in 1961. The new Boston manager, Johnny Pesky, said the slugging Stuart “has everything going for him” in transferring to Fenway Park, with its friendly left-field wall. But the move also creates a problem for Pesky. Stuart is a first baseman, and only a first baseman, and at first base last season the Red Sox had the American League batting champion — Pete Runnels. Pesky dodged questions that Runnels might be traded, as has been hinted in baseball circles, but conceded “there might be a few things going on.” “Don’t try to pin me down,” he said. “I just don’t know.”

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