On this date (Jan. 20) in 1965, the White Sox executed a colossal trade that included three teams and eight players and netted the franchise three major contributors over the next few years in pitcher Tommy John, catcher John Romano and outfielder Tommie Agee.
The Sox acquired John, Romano and Agee from Cleveland and then sent Jim Landis and Mike Hershberger to Kansas City, Cam Carreon to Cleveland and Fred Talbot to Kansas City.
John contributed immediately, going 14-7 with a 3.09 ERA in 1965.
The left-hander from Terre Haute, Ind., was a steady and sometimes spectacular part of the White Sox pitching staffs before he became better known for a surgery that soon bore his name.
John’s tenure with the Sox lasted until he was included in the Dick Allen trade following the 1971 season.
After spending a year in the minors, Agee won the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1966 after hitting .273 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs.
He also won the Gold Glove to become the first player to win the Rookie of the Year Year and that award in the same season.
Agee spent one more productive campaign in Chicago before being dealt to the Mets in one of the worst Sox trades ever.
Romano, who previously played with the Sox in 1958 and 1959, was productive in his two years behind the plate on the Southside, combining for 33 home runs. He was sent to the Cardinals in the Walt “No Neck” Williams deal following the 1966 season.
In his first edition of the “The White Sox Encyclopedia,” Rich Lindberg listed this deal as the sixth best in franchise history.