Merv Shea

Despite a weak bat, Shea parlayed good defense and deft handling of pitchers into eleven ML seasons, ten as a backup. In 1933, in a classic one-sided trade, the Browns sent star catcher Rick Ferrell and pitcher Lloyd Brown to the Red Sox in exchange for Shea and cash. Shea hit .242, the only year in which he played in more than half his team’s games.