April 11, 1932: Cardinals trade defending NL batting champion and future Hall of Famer Chick Hafey

April 11, 1932: Cardinals trade defending NL batting champion and future Hall of Famer Chick Hafey

At its height, Branch Rickey’s innovative farm system produced such a wealth of quality players that he could trade away the defending National League batting champion and a future Hall of Famer and barely skip a beat. On April 11, 1932, the Cardinals traded outfielder Chick Hafey to the Reds for outfielder and first baseman…