CadensDad wrote:Smoltz trade I think has the biggest longterm effect of all of them
From someone else's list
, this looks to be a bigger long-term effect
November 29, 1971 – The Cincinnati Reds trade infielders Lee May, Tommy Helms, and Jimmy Stewart to the Houston Astros for pitcher Jack Billingham, outfielders Ed Armbrister and Cesar Geronimo, infielder Denis Menke, and second baseman Joe Morgan.
In a deal panned by the Cincinnati press, the Reds picked up three big pieces of the Big Red Machine in Morgan, Geronimo, and Billingham. Thanks in large part of this trade, the Reds would run off ten straight winning seasons, five division titles, three National League Championships, and two World Series titles. In return, they would trade May, who had just come off of a 39 home run season. He remained productive, but wouldn’t be a superstar. Helms was average, and Jimmy Stewart would win fame and fortune in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.