Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Herb Pennock—Another Red Sox-Yankee Deal Gone Bad

Herb Pennock And Babe Ruth—1917
Today is the 122nd birthday of former Red Sox pitcher Herb Pennock. His story highlights yet another blunder in Boston's dealings with its rival 250 miles to the south. After acquiring Pennock from the Philadelphia A's as a free agent, the lefty helped the Red Sox in eight solid seasons. He went 62-59 with a 3.67 ERA. He threw over 1,000 innings for The Carmine Hose. Then, in 1923, Boston traded Pennock to the Yankees for Norm McMillan, George Murray, Camp Skinner and (of course) $50,000. Gee, what do you think happened then? Well, Pennock went on to deliver eleven stellar seasons in pinstripes—going 162-90 with a 3.54 ERA. In 1923, 1926, 1927 and 1932, he pitched in the World Series for those juggernaut New York teams. At the end of his career in 1934, he returned to the Red Sox mostly as a bullpen guy—but still logged a respectable 3.05 ERA. Just another sordid chapter in the transaction history of Boston and New York.