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Red Sox Trade Pete Runnels to Colts

Nov. 25, 1962 - The American League batting champion, Pete Runnels (pictured left with Ted Williams in 1958) of the Boston Red Sox, was traded to the Houston Colts of the National League today in exchange for outfielder Román Mejías Gómez. Runnels, who played both first and second base for Boston, hit .326 with 10 home runs and 61 runs batted in last season. He also won the batting title in 1960 with a .320 average. Runnels first came up to the majors with the Washington Senators in 1951. He was traded to the Red Sox in 1958. Gomez hit .286 for the Colts this year, including 24 home runs and 75 runs batted in. Gomez, a Cuban, previously had spent parts of five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In a separate move today, the Detroit Tigers sent Dick Brown, a catcher, to the Baltimore Orioles for catcher Gus Triandos and outfielder Whitey Herzog.

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