Bobby Gene Smith for Sammy Taylor
|Date: April 26, 1962|
|Team: Chicago Cubs|
|Sent: Bobby Gene Smith|
|Received: Sammy Taylor|
In the first trade in franchise history, the Mets dealt an outfielder for a catcher. Bobby Gene Smith was the first Mets player ever to be traded as he went to the Cubs for Sammy Taylor. Each player had more than four years of major league experience. Smith had played in 8 games for the Mets in '62. Taylor appeared in 7 games for the Cubs during the season.
Taylor played in 90 games (63 as a catcher) for the Mets in '62 and 1963. He batted .228 with 3 home runs and 26 runs batted in as a member of the team. During the '63 season, Sammy was traded by the Mets with Charlie Neal to the Reds for Jesse Gonder.
Smith appeared in 13 games for the Cubs in '62. He collected five hits in 29 at-bats for a .172 batting average with the Chicago team. Bobby Gene was dealt by the Cubs to the Cardinals after the season.