Monday, May 26, 2008
Here's one in honor of our fearless leader, Frank Snyder, who now spends his spare time as a minor league baseball mogul. The recent trade that sent pitcher John Odom (no, not that John Odom) from the Calgary Vipers to the Laredo Broncos for ten maple baseball bats brought to mind similarly unusual minor league baseball trades of yore.
In July 1998, the Pacific Suns of the Western League traded right-handed pitcher Ken Krahenbuhl to the Greenville Bluesmen of the Texas-Louisiana League for an undisclosed amount of cash, a player to be named later, and "10 pounds of expertly filleted Mississippi River catfish." Hank Hersch & Kostya Kennedy, Deal of the Week: A Trade with a Catch, Sports Illustrated, Oct. 10, 1998, at 18. Krahenbuhl reportedly commented "I didn't think I deserved to get traded for fish.” Id.... The Bluesmen had previously traded second baseman Sean Murphy to the Sioux Falls Canaries for fifty pounds of pheasant, and had sent a mint copy of a classic Muddy Waters album to the Meridi[a]n Brakemen for first baseman Andre Keen. See id.
Keith A. Rowley, You Asked For it, You Got It ... Toy Yoda: Practical Jokes, Prizes, and Contract Law, 3 Nev. L.J. 526, 543 n.74 (2003).
Ironically, the bats seem not to have helped the Vipers out much so far, as they dropped their first two games of the season due to -- wait for it -- cold bats.
[Keith A. Rowley]