Frank Thomas for Wayne Graham and Gary Kroll
|Date: August 7, 1964|
|Team: Philadelphia Phillies|
|Sent: Frank Thomas|
|Received: Wayne Graham, Gary Kroll|
The Mets made a trade with the Phillies in the summer of 1964. The team sent Frank Thomas to Philadelphia for infielder Wayne Graham and pitcher Gary Kroll. Thomas had been the Mets' top slugger with 52 home runs and 173 runs batted in over its first three seasons. Graham was a minor leaguer who had played in 10 games for the Phils in '63. Kroll was just beginning his major league career.
The Phillies acquired Thomas to increase their chances for a National League pennant. Frank hit .294 with 7 homers and 26 RBIs in 39 games for Philadelphia over the rest of the '64 season. However, a 10-game losing streak in September cost the Phils a title. In 1965, Thomas played in 35 games for the Phillies before he was sold to the Houston Astros on July 10.
Graham got three hits in 20 games for the Mets in '64. He played the 1965 season at AAA-level Buffalo and did not return to the major leagues. Kroll won six games and had a 4.45 earned run average with the Mets in '65. He was traded to Houston in 1966.