When the Pirates traded catcher Duke Farrell and $1500 to the Washington Nationals on March 21, 1893, they were taking a real chance. Farrell was a good hitting catcher who had a down year in 1892 with the Pirates, his only season with the team. They moved him strictly to 3B and he hit just .215 after leading the American Association in both home runs and RBIs the previous season. The chance they were taking was that not only were they trading a guy after a down year but they were adding a young pitcher who had control troubles the previous season.
Frank Killen was just 22 at the time of the trade and had just finished his first full season in which he walked 182 batters, hit another 20 and threw 18 wild pitches. He also was a big lefty who went 29-26 for a team that wen...
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