Traded straight up for Cepeda before the 1969 season, Joe Torre enjoyed his best years with the Cardinals. In his first three campaigns in St. Louis, Torre averaged 204 hits and more than 112 runs batted in each season. His finest season came with the Cards in 1971 when he was the league’s batting champ and Most Valuable Player.
Cepeda was near the downside of his career by the time of the trade but did enjoy an outstanding 1970 season with Atlanta when he hit 34 homers with 111 runs batted in and a .305 average.
Seen here is his Topps rookie card from 1961, and his 1965 Topps card. Torre broke in as a catcher before moving out from behind the plate in 1971, the year he won the NL MVP Award.
Torre gained induction into the Hall of Fame for his years at the helm of the Yankees. He guided New York to six pennants and four World Series titles in a dozen years in the Big Apple.
Torre is the first in baseball history to gain at least 2,000 hits as a player and at least 2,000 wins as a manager.