Friday, July 24, 2015

Expanding on a Clark-for-Hawes Trade

Thornton Kipper was a Phillies pitcher from 1953-1955, and was in the Phil's organization for his entire career...

except for part of the 1956 season, when he went to Washington's Louisville AAA team for awhile in an unexplained move on his major league Baseball Reference page.

It took awhile to find what I needed to explain this move, and when I did, I reeled in a whopper. From the Daytona Beach Sunday News Journal of July 8, 1956...

“The Miami Marlins, fourth in the International League, yesterday traded three players and ‘plenty of cash’ to Louisville of the American Association for four new players. The Marlins obtained for immediate use infielder Pompeyo Davalillo, pitcher Tony Ponce and first baseman-outfielder Roy Hawes. The fourth Louisville man, outfielder Solomon Rubenstein, will remain at his present club, Erie of the Pony League, for the present. Miami will send pitcher Thornton Kipper, outfielder Mel Clark and infielder Wilbur Johnson to Louisville.”

Now, Ponce, Dario Rubenstein (listed as such on Baseball Reference) and Johnson never made the majors, but all the rest of them had big league careers. I only found vague references to this transaction, along the lines of this on Mel Clark's Baseball-Reference page...

·  July 12, 1956: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Washington Senators for a player to be named later. The Washington Senators sent Roy Hawes (July 18, 1956) to the Philadelphia Phillies to complete the trade. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

That certainly doesn't cover the scope of the deal at all.

Roy Hawes has a bunch of other unlisted transactions to cover and we will do so on Monday!

Hawes from ebay
Clark from
Kipper from 

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