Friday, January 2, 2009

Phorgotten Phillie Phile - Dick Davis

1981 Topps Dick Davis

Davis came to the Phillies in 1981 in a trade with the Brewers. The Phillies traded Randy Lerch to get him. Dick hit .333 with 2 home runs in 45 games for the Phillies in 1981.

In 1982, Dick joined the relatively small fraternity of player who were traded twice in one season. But that only tells part of the story. He was traded by two different teams to two different teams for the same guy. In the same month. What?

On June 15, the Phillies traded Davis to the Blue Jays for Wayne Nordhagen. On the same day, hopefully before he bought a plane ticker to Philadelphia, the Phillies traded Nordhagen to the Pirates for Bill Robinson. On June 22, the Pirates traded Davis to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later. That player turned out to be Wayne Nordagen.

Davis played another 39 games that season before leaving baseball after a 6-year career in which he played 403 games. In the meanwhile, Nordagen, also an outfielder, played 28 games for the Blue Jays before becoming a free agent at the end of the season. He was picked up by the Cubs in 1983, playing 21 games before being released in June. His career spanned 8 years in which he appeared in 500 games.

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