April 14, 1935: After a spring-training trial, the Reds return Johnny Mize to the Cardinals.

The Reds acquired Mize on a conditional basis from the Cardinals for $50,000 on December 13, 1934. He played well enough for the Reds during spring training to win the starting first base job, but doctors determined that a groin injury would require surgery and put him out of action for months. Leery of investing in “damaged goods”, the Reds returned his contract to St. Louis. Mize had the operation and began playing in mid-season with the Cardinals Rochester farm club. He reached the majors in 1936, the start of a HOF career in which he would compile a .312 batting average and clout 359 homers, despite missing three full seasons during WWII.

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