30 years ago, The Wizard of Oz landed in St. Louis
For those of you who don't know him by his birth name, Ozzie Smith, or The Wizard of Oz, would go onto become arguably the best defensive shortstop the game has ever seen. Back when the trade was completed, many wondered why the Cardinals traded slugger Gary Templeton for a light-hitting, defensive-minded shortstop. At the time of the trade, Templeton had belted 25 career homers compared to Smith's lone long ball. The only offensive upside for Smith was that he could run and steal bases.
Nonetheless, Smith would play 15 years for the Redbirds, win 11 straight Gold Glove Awards in St. Louis (1981-92), a Silver Slugger in 1987and lead the league in fielding percentage seven times.
In the long run, the Cardinals definitely got the better end of this deal.