Ben Oglivie

Ben OglivieThe Detroit Tigers stole Ben Oglivie from Boston in the trade that sent Dick McAuliffe to the Red Sox after the 1973 season. Unfortunately, the Tigers front office and manager Ralph Houk never saw Oglivie’s value as being beyond that of platoon player. The tall, thin Panamanian hit 21 homers in 1977 for Detroit, but at the winter meetings that December, the Tigers dealt Oglivie to the Brewers for starter Jim Slaton, who promptly resigned with Milwaukee as a free agent after one year in the Motor City (not one of general manager Jim Campbell’s best moves). Three years later, Oglivie won the home run title for Milwaukee and went on to be a three-time All-Star for the Brew Crew. In all, he hit 235 homers in a 16-year career, the most ever for a player born in Panama.