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The Infamous Bagwell Trade

This New Britain Red Sox jersey was worn by the eventual Astros great Jeff Bagwell during his 1990 season with the Boston Red Sox's Class AA affiliate. Dealt for pitcher Larry Anderson on August 31, 1990, a distraught Bagwell (a Boston native and life-long BoSox fan) was an ideal fit in Houston. The Eastern League's leading hitter at the time of the shocking deal, Bagwell proved a worthy replacement indeed for first baseman Glenn Davis.

ESPN’s Page 2 ranked this trade as the second worst in baseball history. Anderson went on to pitch 22 innings for the Red Sox while Bagwell, approaching his 16th season with the Astros, has hit a total of 449 home runs in his career, was the 1994 National League MVP and is surely headed to the Hall of Fame.

Bagwell's 1990 Minor League baseball card.