The 10 Most Influential Trades in Texas Rangers History
By Chris Giles
#6- Toby Harrah traded to Cleveland (1978)
Toby Harrah played 11 seasons in the Washington/Texas organization. Harrah hit 124 HR, knocked in 568 runs, and added 153 SB during his Rangers career.
On December 8, 1978, Harrah was traded to Cleveland for former all-star third baseman Buddy Bell. Bell was three years younger than Harrah and Bell had the potential to be a star for the Rangers.
Harrah played five seasons in Cleveland and one for the New York Yankees before returning to Texas at age 36 in a trade that included rookie outfielder Billy Sample.
Bell became a perennial all-star for the Rangers. In parts of seven seasons with Texas, Bell represented Texas in the all-star game on four occasions. In his first season in Texas, Bell led the AL in at bats. In 958 games with the Rangers, Bell hit 87 HR and added 499 RBI’s, with a .293 BA.