Ron Swoboda and Rich Hacker for Don Hahn
|Date: March 31, 1971|
|Team: Montreal Expos|
|Sent: Ron Swoboda, Rich Hacker|
|Received: Don Hahn|
In 1971, the Mets made a deal with the Expos during Spring Training. The team traded outfielder Ron Swoboda and infielder Rich Hacker for outfielder Don Hahn. A popular player, Swoboda became a Met hero with an outstanding defensive catch and a game-winning double in the 1969 World Series. Hacker and Hahn were minor league prospects on the verge of the major leagues.
The trade turned out to be productive for the Mets. Hahn became the regular centerfielder during the team's run to the 1973 National League Championship. Don played in 318 games for the Mets before being traded to the Phillies in a deal that brought catcher John Stearns to New York.
Swoboda batted .253 with no home runs in 39 games played for Montreal in '71. During the season, he was dealt to the Yankees for outfielder Ron Woods. Meanwhile, Hacker appeared in 16 games for the Expos with a .121 batting average and 2 RBIs in his only season as a major league player.