MLB Trade Deadline: 20 wackiest trade stories in league history

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Wackiest MLB trade stories in league history: 18. Quick change

Doubleheaders have always been a part of baseball history but none has ever been quite like this one.

In 1922, the St. Louis Cardinals took on the Chicago Cubs. Center fielder Cliff Heathcote struggled mightily with the Cardinals that season and that game in particular. He went 0-4 and the Cardinals went on to lose the game. Right field Max Flack, on the other hand, played a key role in the Cubs 4-1 win.

With Game 1 in the books, both managers decided to grab a bite to eat. What turned into harmless chit-chat, turned into a bizarre deal. Sometime in between meals, the pair agreed to a deal that would send Heathcote to the Cubs and Flack to the Cardinals. Unlike today, where a deal such as that wouldn’t allow those players to get on the field so suddenly, in the 1920s, it was no biggie.

In the second game of their doubleheaders, the two played for the opposing team. To add an even stranger twist to the story, both players simply swapped jerseys as there were no names on the back anyways and neither team had any extra jerseys around the dugouts.