Wilson: Milt Pappas: It wasn’t his fault

From SABR member Doug Wilson at Seamheads.com on August 10, 2016:

Before we discuss anything else about Milt Pappas, know this: it wasn’t his fault.

He couldn’t help that the man for whom he was traded went on to hit 49 home runs, win the Triple Crown and MVP and lead his team to the World Championship–the very year of the trade. He was blameless that American League pitchers had no idea how to get Frank Robinson out. He was not culpable for the fact that Robinson played like a man on a mission to prove that his previous owner was an imbecile. He had nothing to do whatsoever with Robinson leading his new team to four pennants in six years. It just wasn’t his fault. It really wasn’t.

And yet . . .

When Milt Pappas passed away April 19 of this year, every single obituary carried some mention, usually in the first line, that he had been on the wrong side of one of the most infamous trades in baseball history.

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Originally published: August 11, 2016. Last Updated: August 11, 2016.