Phillies: Most impactful trade made with every team
Atlanta/Boston Braves: Sherry Magee
"On December 24, 1914, the Boston Braves traded players to be named later and cash to the Philadelphia Phillies for Sherry Magee. The Boston Braves sent Oscar Dugey (February 10, 1915) and Possum Whitted (February 14, 1915) to the Philadelphia Phillies to complete the trade."
The Phillies have made 53 trades with the Braves organization, but none since acquiring Kevin Millwood in 2002. While that trade did lead to a no-hitter from Millwood and a prior trade brought Dale Murphy to the Phillies at the end of his career, neither matched the deal that shipped one of the franchise’s best hitters out of town.
Magee is one of the great players in Phillies history many fans know nothing about. Granted, he did play over 100 years ago in the dead-ball era.
Magee’s big league career started as a teenager in 1904, the first of 11 seasons with the Phillies.
Among all hitters players in Phillies history, Magee’s 48.3 WAR is the fifth-best all-time, only bested by Schmidt, Utley, Delahanty, and Ashburn. He played the 10th-most games (1,521), has the eight-most hits (1,627; more than Utley), the second-most triples (127), sixth-most doubles (337), ninth-most RBI (886), and the fourth-most stolen bases (387).
Going into his age-30 season the Phillies traded Magee, who at that point was the greatest player in franchise history, to the then Boston Braves for Oscar Dugey and Possum Whitted.
Whitted would play parts of five seasons in Philadelphia hitting .274 while Dugey hit just .193 in three seasons.
The season following the trade of Magee the Phillies would win the National League pennant but lose to the Yankees in the World Series.
Magee would “win” a World Championship in 1919 with the Cincinnati Reds after the title was stripped from the infamous “Black Sox” for throwing the series.
At the age of 44 Magee would die from pneumonia in Philadelphia. In 2003 he was inducted onto the Phillies Wall of Fame. He’s also received Hall of Fame consideration from the Veteran’s Committee.