Today in MLB history back in 1982, the Padre & Cardinal trade that includes future hall of famer Ozzie Smith and Garry Templeton finally goes through, more than two months after it was first announced. A little over 10 months later, St. Louis was crowned world champions when they won their 9th world series title topping the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. Although not a hall of famer (he is part of the San Diego Padre Hall of Fame), Templeton did have talent. The two-time All-Star before the trade and had a successful 10-year run with the San Diego, helping them capture their first National League pennant in 1984. The “Wizard” would go onto win 13 Gold Gloves in all, appear in two more Fall Classics (1985 and ’87) and was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with 91.7 percent of the vote in 2002.
So why trade Ozzie Smith? At the time, Smith had yet to figure things out at the plate and his agent wanted a 25-year contract for a million dollars a year!