Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Johnny Lewis, Billy Sorrell and John Sullivan

Johnny Lewis was a moderately successful outfielder with the Cardinals and Mets in the sixties. Near the end of his career, he was sent to the Mets' minor leagues, Jacksonville. However, he suddenly goes to Philadelphia's San Diego AAA team for 1968, his last active year. Lets find out how and why.

The Panama City News-Herald of Feb. 28, 1968 has the following:

"The Mets also completed a minor deal made earlier this week that sent catcher John Sullivan to Philadelphia's San Diego farm club. New York's Jacksonville farm optioned outfielder Johnny Lewis to San Diego in return for outfielder Bill Sorrell."

 "February 19, 1968: Purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies from the New York Mets."

" March, 1968: Purchased by the New York Mets from the Philadelphia Phillies."

So we can now correct this for all three players:

February 19, 1968 The New York Mets traded John Sullivan and a player to be named later to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later.  February 27, 1968 The New York Mets sent Johnny Lewis to the Philadelphia Phillies for Billy Sorrell to complete the trade.

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