Fenway Park

Nov. 26, 1962

The Red Sox shipped Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt 45’s, receiving outfielder Roman Mejias in return.

Note: The National League expansion team named after a gun changed its name when the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965.

Runnels won two American League batting champions with the Red Sox. But Boston general manager Mike Higgins set the team on its traditional course – find a bunch for right-hand power hitters who could knock The Wall to the other side of Lansdowne St.

One week earlier, Higgins traded for the infamous Dick Stuart.

For the record, Mejias played 173 games for Boston, hitting a total of 13 homers with 43 RBIs.

The trade also caused Carl Yastrzemski to be moved from left field to center field.

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