The Yankees transferred Don Larsen, Hank Bauer, Norm Siebern, and Marv Throneberry to the Kansas City Athletics on December 11, 1959, in exchange for Roger Maris, Joe DeMaestri, and Kent Hadley. Jesse Gonder was purchased by the Yankees from the Cincinnati Reds before to the 1960 season. He made his debut on April 17, 1960, against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium.
Larsen went 21-4 with a perfect game and no-hitter for the Dodgers in 1956. He returned to pitch eight more seasons after being traded to the Yankees. Bauer played first base and batted.275 over nine seasons in New York. Siebern had a good year for the Athletics in 1958 when he hit.302 with 22 homers and 87 RBIs. He was then sent to the Twins along with Billy Hunter to re-sign Carl Yastrzemski. Throneberry spent all or part of six seasons with the Athletics, batting.272 with 19 homers and 102 RBIs. After leaving Oakland, he played two seasons with the Cubs and one with the Pirates before retiring.
Gonder went 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 46 games (one start) for the Reds. He ended up winning 20 games while losing only five for the Yankees, who released him after the season to make room for him on their roster. The 24-year-old right-hander is still the only pitcher to win 20 games for New York.
When the Kansas City Athletics sold Roger Maris, Kent Hadley, and Joe DeMaestri to the Yankees in exchange for Marv Throneberry, Norm Siebern, Hank Bauer, and Don Larsen, he became Mickey Mantle's teammate. Mantle was in center field, while Maris was in right field. The trade took place on December 9, 1961.
Maris broke the baseball record by hitting six balls into the stands at Yankee Stadium. He finished with 61 hits in that season, which is still a record to this day. The Yankees won the game 11-10 in 10 innings. This gave them the American League pennant, but they lost to John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in the World Series.
After his record breaking season, Maris declined signing contracts from other teams. Finally, on January 8, 1962, he signed a $1 million contract with the Yankees. At the time, this was the highest salary ever paid to a baseball player. Unfortunately, he never played a single game for the Yankees because he died before the season started of cancer at the age of 24.
Besides being a baseball player, Maris worked as a truck driver, supermarket clerk, and meatpacker before becoming famous.
He participated in two all-star games during his career: one in 1959 and another in 1960.
On August 31, 1992, he was dealt to the Texas Rangers by the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jeff Russell, Ruben Sierra, Bobby Witt, and cash. On September 9, 1994, he was dealt by the Texas Rangers to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Otis Nixon and Luis Ortiz. He was given free agency on October 30, 1995. He signed with the Seattle Mariners on December 14, 1995.
Canseco began his major league career with the A's in 1992 at the age of 24. That year, he played in 80 games and hit.289 with 26 homers and 83 RBI's. In 1993, his role increased as he played in 137 games and finished with a.294 average, 32 homers, and 99 RBI's. In 1994, his final season with the A's, he played in only 42 games due to injuries but still managed to hit.333 with 12 homers and 38 RBI's. He was then traded to the Rangers where he finished out the season with them. In 95 games with the Rangers, Canseco hit.273 with 13 homers and 49 RBI's. He also played two games for the California Angels that season without getting any hits. The Red Sox acquired him before the start of the 1995 season and he spent most of the year with them. In 46 games with them, Canseko hit.272 with six homers and 22 RBI's. After the season was over, he signed with the Mariners.
On March 27, 1987, he was dealt by the Kansas City Royals to the New York Mets along with Chris Jelic for Rick Anderson, Mauro Gozzo, and Ed Hearn. On August 27, 1992, the New York Mets traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later and Jeff Kent. The Blue Jays sent Mike Stanton to the Mets in return.
Cone made his debut with the Mets on April 17, 1987, against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. His first career hit was a single off of Tom Candiotti in the third inning. The Mets lost that game 9-7.
In 1988, he played in 95 games for the Mets and finished with a.272 average, 26 HRs and 89 RBIs. He started well with a.917 OPS in his first 37 games before hitting just.220 with five homers and 34 RBI over his final 58 contests.
In 1989, Cone played in only 46 games due to injuries. He finished with a.275 average, 12 HRs and 39 RBIs. After the season, he filed for free agency but returned to the Mets after they offered him a contract. In 1990, he started 57 games for the Mets and finished with a.276 average, 16 HRs and 52 RBIs.
On July 9, 1992, the Cincinnati Reds traded him to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Tom Bolton. He was given free agency on November 2, 1992. On November 27, 1992, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox traded Paul Quantrill to the Philadelphia Phillies on July 31, 1994, in exchange for Mike Sullivan (minors) and Wes Chamberlain. The Phillies sent John Valentin to the Red Sox on August 3, 1994, to complete the trade.
Billy Hatcher played two seasons for the Red Sox, batting.273 with 15 home runs and 74 RBIs. He finished his Red Sox career with a.293 average, three home runs, and 26 RBIs in 99 games.
After his two years with the Red Sox, he retired from baseball to take a job with MassMutual after the season.
He died on January 4, 2018 at the age of 59.
His wife, Jennifer, and son, Thomas J. Hatcher, also became members of the Red Sox organization. His son played minor league ball for several teams between 1996 and 2001 before becoming an assistant coach for the Colorado Rockies.
In 2002, Thomas J. Hatcher managed one game for the Red Sox during their playoff run. He lost that game 1-0 to the New York Yankees.
The Braves traded Van Kelly, Walt Hriniak, and Andy Finlay (minors) to the San Diego Padres for Tony Gonzalez on June 13, 1969. The Montreal Expos acquired Claude Raymond from the Braves on August 19, 1969. The Braves sent Joe Pepitone to the New York Yankees as part of a 3-team trade on October 31, 1969.
After playing only 77 games due to leg injuries, Van Kelly retired from baseball to take a job with Atlanta Trust Company. He later became president of the company before retiring again to work as a security guard. In 1974, Kelly bought a local radio station in Dalton, Georgia and worked at it until his death in 2001 at the age of 70.
Walt Hriniak had 15 good seasons with the Braves from 1956 to 1972, batting over.300 five times. He finished with a batting average of.284 in 1969 when he suffered a broken ankle while chasing a foul ball off the bat of Frank Thomas during a game at Milwaukee. Hriniak missed most of the season and was replaced by Don Denkinger who played very well at first base. Hriniak had surgery on his ankle but it wasn't completely healed when he died. He was 49 years old.
Andy Finlay started 69 games at third base for the Braves in 1969 after coming over from the Padres.