3. The Many Trades of Ron Hassey
December 4, 1984: Ron Hassey traded from Chicago Cubs to Yankees
December 12, 1985: Ron Hassey traded by Yankees to Chicago White Sox
February 13, 1986: Ron Hassey traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Yankees
July 30, 1986: Ron Hassey traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox
Ron Hassey had to be feeling like weatherman Phil Connors. Connors, portrayed by Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, relives the same day over and over. This hilarious movie finally ends when Connors is able to overcome his narcissistic self and win the love of producer Rita Hanson, played by Andie MacDowell.
Like Phil Conners having Ned Ryerson harass him to buy insurance, Hassey must have gotten sick of seeing then-owner George Steinbrenner approaching with the news that he was traded to the White Sox, again.
Hassey’s Groundhog Day nightmare before and during the 1986 season never seemed to end. Does he play for the Chicago White Sox or the New York Yankees? It seems both sides were tossing him back and forth like a hot potato. The White Sox ended up the winner or loser of that game, depending on how you look at it, as they kept Hassey when it was all said and done.
Hassey witnessed a lot of baseball history during his 14-year career. He is the only player to have caught two perfect games. He was even behind the plate when Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson hit is iconic home run in 1988.
The 1986 and 1987 were wild times for the trading Yankees. They shipped out good young pitchers and could not make up their mind about Hassey.
But Hassey was not the only player they made multiple deals to acquire.