This Date In Royals History – November 6, 1987
Looking to shore up the shortstop position, the Royals decided to deal from their strength in starting pitching at the time and pieced together a memorable swap the Reds. The Royals send unsung 1985 World Series stalwart Danny Jackson along with incumbent shortstop Angel Salazar to the Reds for 22 year-old shortstop Kurt Stillwell and veteran pitcher Ted Power.
Local Trivia Question – Where did Ted Power play his college baseball?
The Reds had two strong shortstop prospects at the time in Stillwell and Barry Larkin. The Royals had a surplus of pitching (if there is such a thing) with Bret Saberhagen, Mark Gubicza, Charlie Leibrandt, Buddy Black and Tom Gordon on the way. It seemed like the perfect win/win trade and both of the main players (Stillwell and Jackson) represented their new teams in the 1988 All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.
Unfortunately 1988 was probably Stillwell’s best of his four seasons with the Royals. He hit 10 HRs that years but never reached double figures again. He left the Royals in free agency after 1991 and played briefly for the Padres, Angels and Rangers before retiring in 1996 at age 31.
Jackson was tremendous for the Reds winning 23 games in 1988 and finished second in the National League Cy Young balloting to the Dodgers Orel Hershiser. But he would not win more than six games in either of his last two years with the Reds. DJ did resurface with Phillies posted two double digit win seasons in 1993 and 1994, even earning another All-Star nod in Philadelphia (1994).
Just A Bit More: To my knowledge, this trade is still the only one in Royals history in which players acquired by both teams would go on to make All-Star appearances with their new respective teams.
Amos Otis was the first player the Royals ever acquired by trade to make an All-Star appearance in a Royals uniform. A.O. came in a trade with the Mets on 12/03/69 and was an All-Star for Kansas City in 1970. Actually Lou Piniella was the earliest trade where the Royals netted a future All-Star when he was acquired from the Seattle Pilots 4/1/69 – however Lou didn’t make the American League All-Star squad until 1972 (his one and only career All-Star berth).
The first player the Royals ever traded who went on to be named an All-Star for another team was the first Royals player ever traded. Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm was taken in the Expansion Draft on 10/15/68 and then traded to the California Angels 12/12/68. He would be named to the 1970 National League All-Star team as a member of the Atlanta Braves.
Local Trivia Answer – Ted Power is the only K-State Wildcat to play a Major League game for the Kansas City Royals.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)