December 5, 1957: The Reds trade Curt Flood to the Cardinals


No one seemed to think very much of Bing Devine’s first trade as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. After Devine traded relief pitcher Willard Schmidt and minor-league pitchers Ted Wieand and Marty Kutyna to the Reds for outfielders Curt Flood and Joe Taylor, legendary St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports editor Bob Broeg described the deal as "an exchange of lesser players."[1] The Cincinnati Enquirer quoted an anonymous source – described as a "veteran observer" – who said, "It’s a deal that hurt both clubs."