Derrill Burnham “Del” Pratt (1888-1977) was traded from the St. Louis Browns to the New York Yankees with Eddie Plank for Urban Shocker and four others in what seemed to be an extremely lopsided move made by rookie manager Miller Huggins. Pratt played 13 seasons in the American League with St. Louis (1912-1917), New York (1918-1920), Boston (1921-1922) and Detroit (1923-1924). He was an excellent fielding second baseman posting a .960 career fielding percentage and was no slouch at the plate either. He batted .302 in his rookie season for the Browns and in each of his final five seasons with the Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers. The durable second bagger led the league in games played five times and RBI in 1916 with 103. A quarter of his nearly 2,000 hits were either doubles or triples. Pratt retired with a .292 career batting average with 1,996 hits including 392 doubles and 117 triples, 247 stolen bases and 968 RBI.
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