Charley Smith and Al Jackson for Ken Boyer
|Date: October 20, 1965|
|Team: St. Louis Cardinals|
|Sent: Al Jackson, Charley Smith|
|Received: Ken Boyer|
Following the 1965 season, the Mets dealt pitcher Al Jackson and infielder Charley Smith to the St. Louis Cardinals for third baseman Ken Boyer. Jackson was an original member of the team and a winner of 40 games over four years. Smith was a productive hitter who was the Mets' leader with 20 home runs in 1964 and 62 RBIs in '65. Boyer was an 11-year veteran player who had won the National League Most Valuable Player award with the World Champion Cardinals in '64.
As a Met in 1966, Boyer continued to be a productive player. He led the team with 28 doubles, 61 RBIs and 206 total bases for the year. His .415 slugging percentage was also a team-high for the Mets in '66. Ken played with the Mets in 1967, but hit only .235 in 56 games before being sent to the White Sox in a deal for J. C. Martin on July 22.
Jackson had a 22-19 won-lost record in two seasons with the St. Louis team. After the Cards' World Championship in '67, he returned to the Mets in 1968. Smith batted .266 for the Cardinals in '66 and was dealt to the Yankees for Roger Maris the following December.