On this date 40 years ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded outfielder Willie Davis to the Montreal Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall.
Davis had been with the team for 13 seasons and was coming off an All-Star season in which he hit .285 with 16 home runs and 77 RBI in 152 games. The outfielder was a three-time Gold Glove winner and a two-time All-Star. Meanwhile, Marshall had just completed his sixth season and finished second in the National League Cy Young vote and fifth in the NL MVP vote after appearing in 92 games for the Expos. He finished with a 14-11 record, 2.66 ERA and 31 saves in 179 innings.
Marshall would go on to spend two and a half seasons with the Dodgers. In 1974, Marshall won the NL Cy Young Award and finished third in the MVP voting. He set a major league record with 106 appearances for the Dodgers. Marshall finished 15-12 with a 2.42 ERA and 21 saves in 208.1 innings, while being named to the All-Star team. The right-hander also set a record for most consecutive appearances when he pitched in 13 straight games. He regressed in 1975 and was traded to the Atlanta Braves during the 1976 season. Marshall would pitch until 1981, a span of 14 seasons and retired at the age of 38 with his records still standing today.
Davis left the Dodgers as the Los Angeles franchise leader in many categories including home runs, hits and games played. He played just four more seasons after the trade but never found the success he had with the Dodgers. Today, Davis is still the Los Angeles Dodgers leader in hits, runs, triples, at-bats, total bases and extra-base hits. He also holds the record for longest hitting streak when he hit safely in 31 consecutive games in 1969.
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