Tug McGraw, Don Hahn and Dave Schneck for John Stearns, Del Unser and Mac Scarce
|Date: December 3, 1974|
|Team: Philadelphia Phillies|
|Sent: Tug McGraw, Don Hahn, Dave Schneck|
|Received: John Stearns, Del Unser, Mac Scarce|
The Mets and Phillies made a three-for-three deal in December of 1974. Relief pitcher Tug McGraw and outfielders Don Hahn and Dave Schneck were sent to Philadelphia for catcher John Stearns, outfielder Del Unser and pitcher Mac Scarce. During his nine seasons in New York, McGraw had become the Mets' all-time leader in saves with 86. Hahn batted .236 in four seasons with the Mets. Schneck appeared in 143 games for the Mets over the previous three seasons.
Stearns began his major league career by playing in one game for the Phillies in 1974. Unser was a seven-year major leaguer with 881 career hits. Scarce had a 2-10 won lost record with a 2.77 earned run average in two seasons with the Phils.
Stearns and McGraw made the deal productive for both teams. John became the Mets' primary catcher, appearing at the position in 698 of his 809 games played from 1975 to 1984. Stearns was a member of four National League All-Star teams during his time as a Met. For the Phillies, McGraw continued to be a standout reliever. He recorded 94 saves in ten seasons with the Philadelphia team. Tug was the Phils' bullpen ace for five division titles and the 1980 World Championship.
Unser played in 224 games over two seasons with the Mets. He batted .271 with 15 home runs with the team. Del was traded to the Expos during the 1976 season. Scarce pitched in one game for the Mets and was dealt to the Reds in April of 1975.
Hahn played in nine games and was released by the Phillies in 1975. He joined the Cardinals and ended the season with the Padres to conclude his career. Schneck never appeared in another major league game.