October 1, 1952: The Reds trade Cal Abrams, Joe Rossi, and Gail Henley to the Pirates for Gus Bell.

This was one of the best deals in club history, as Paul outfoxed Pirates GM Branch Rickey. Bell was a solid player in Pittsburgh, but had a falling out wiht management because he wanted to bring his wife and children with him on trips against club wishes. (His second child was a son named Buddy, born in August 1951, who would star in the majors in the 1970’s and 1980’s.) In nine seasons with the Reds, Gus Bell played in 1,235 games, and batted .288 with 1,343 hits, 228 doubles, 160 homers, 711 RBIs, and a .454 slugging percentage. His given name was David. Bell was nicknamed Gus by his parents who were admirers of 1930’s NL catcher Gus Mancuso.

All “Reds trivia” posts come from Greg Rhodes and John Snyder’s fabulous book, “Redleg Journal” (see link for purchasing) and are used with Greg’s permission.

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