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Today in Philly Sports History: Five-for-One, 1982

Feb 9, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

Von Hayes Von Hayes gave the Phillies nearly an entire decade's worth of solid outfield play. He led the NL in runs and doubles in 1986, a year in which he finished in the top ten in MVP voting, and was selected as an All-Star reserve in 1989. But for many, one phrase will forever define the Von Hayes era in Philadelphia: Five-for-One. That's because on December 9th, 1982, Hayes was acquired from the Cleveland Indians for a toll of five players–Manny Trillo, George Vukovich, Jay Baller, Jerry Willard and Julio Franco.

Truth told, despite all the flak that Hayes (as well as the Phils' front office) may have taken for the trade at the time and since, they didn't really give up all that much for him in terms of after-the-fact production. Baller and Willard were basically washouts, Vuckovich only really had one good year with the Indians, and after making the All-Star Game three straight years with the Phils, Manny Trillo never played in the mid-summer classic again. The only real miss in the deal was infielder Julio Franco, who would be one of the more consistent hitters in the majors for the better part of the next two decades, and played to the ripe old age of 48 in the majors.

One thing none of the other guys in the Five-for-One trade besides Von can say, though–that they've had a local indie rock outfit named after them. Don't know too much about them, but they sound pretty good based on spare live YouTube clips:


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