March 30th in baseball history: Sosa for Bell

Sosa for Bell

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS | MARCH 30, 1992 - The Chicago White Sox traded Sammy Sosa and reliever Ken Patterson to the cross-town Cubs for George Bell on this date in 1992. It was one proven star at the end of his career for an unproven star at the beginning of his. The big name in the trade was Bell, whom the Sox hoped would be the final piece of the puzzle to get to them to the World Series. He had averaged 27 home runs and 102 runs batted for the six previous seasons. Sosa was a 23-year old outfielder who showed promise as the regular right fielder in 1991 hitting 15 home runs and driving 70 for the White Sox, but he also struck out 150 times in 153 games.

It took a couple years after Sosa joined the Cubs for him to blossom into the RBI and home run hitting machine he became. His break out year was 1993 when he hit 33 home runs and drove in 93. He would hit at least 25 home runs for the next 13 seasons, three times hitting more than 60. Sosa's accomplishments have since been tainted by suspicions of steroid use.

George Bell had a good year for the Sox in '92 with 25 home runs and 112 RBI, but tailed off considerably in 1993, which turned out to be his final year in the majors.

The White Sox found a right-field star of their own a few years later in Magglio Ordonez. He did not become the home run/RBI producer Sosa became, but he was a better all-around player.

Contributing sources:
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, March 31, 1992

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