Roger Craig for George Altman and Bill Wakefield
|Date: November 4, 1963|
|Team: St. Louis Cardinals|
|Sent: Roger Craig|
|Received: George Altman, Bill Wakefield|
The Mets and Cardinals made a trade in November of 1963. Veteran pitcher Roger Craig was dealt to St. Louis for outfielder George Altman and pitcher Bill Wakefield. Craig had been the Mets' top pitcher in their first two seasons with 469 and one-third innings pitched and 27 complete games. Altman had five seasons of major league service. Wakefield had no experience at the major league level.
Altman and Wakefield each played only the 1964 season with the Mets. George hit .230 with nine home runs and 47 runs batted in for the team in its first season at Shea Stadium. He was traded to the Cubs for Billy Cowan in January of 1965. Wakefield had a 3.61 ERA and set a Mets record with 62 games pitched in '64. Bill never appeared in another major league game.
Like Altman and Wakefield, Craig played only one year with his new team. He won 7 games and posted a 3.25 ERA for the pennant-winning Cardinals in '64. Roger was the winning pitcher for St. Louis in Game 4 of the '64 World Series against the Yankees. Craig was traded to the Reds two months after the Cards' seven-game Series victory.