This week’s Midweek Trivia Question asked who was involved in the 1988 trade that brought Curt Schilling to Baltimore. Congratulations to Heath, of Dempsey’s Army, who correctly identified the other players as Mike Boddicker and Brady Anderson.
While most O’s fans think of the regrettable 1991 trade that cost the team Schilling, Steve Finley, and Pete Harnisch for Glenn Davis, the deal that brought Schilling to Baltimore three years earlier, on July 29, 1988, also included some recognizable names, specifically Boddicker, who went to the Red Sox, and Anderson, who came to the Birds with Schilling.
Boddicker went 7-3 down the stretch for the Red Sox in 1988 and posted a 2.63 ERA. He got shelled in his lone postseason appearance that year, giving up eight hits and six runs in 2.2 IP during Game 3 of the ALCS against Oakland.
Boddicker pitched two more seasons for the Red Sox, going 15-11 in 1989 and 17-8 in 1990. In 1990, Boddicker again lost Game 3 of the ALCS, again to the Athletics, but this time he threw a more respectable eight innings, giving up four runs to a stacked A’s lineup that included Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Harold Baines, Mark McGwire, and Dave Henderson.
After earning $1.3 million with Boston in 1989 and $675,000 in 1990, Boddicker signed as a free agent with the big-spending Kansas City Royals, who doled out roughly $3 million per year for three seasons. The Brewers purchased Boddicker’s contract in his final season, 1993, and he went 3-5 in 10 games started.
After being acquired by the Birds in 1988, Brady Anderson played 13 1/2 seasons in Baltimore, appearing in three All-Star Games, two Division Series, and two ALCS. Anderson finished his career second only to George Sisler among the Orioles for all-time stolen bases with 307 to Sisler’s 351. The Silver Spring native also finished sixth on the O’s all-time home run list (209), ninth in RBIs (744), fifth in hits (1,614), fifth in runs (1,044), fifth in doubles (329), tenth in triples (64), fourth in extra-base hits (602), sixth in games (1,759), sixth in total bases (2,698), and third in walks (927).
Anderson holds the O’s single-season records for plate appearances (749 in 1992), total bases (369 in 1996), most home runs by a left-handed batter (50 in 1996), most home runs by a leadoff hitter (34 in 1996), most home runs leading off a game (12 in 1996), most consecutive games leading off a game with a home run (4 in 1996), most extra-base hits (92 in 1996), and most hit by pitch (24 in 1999). Many of those records came during Anderson’s controversial 1996 campaign. Just ask Jim Palmer.
Anderson was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2004. He also holds the unique distinction of being the final batter in Cal Ripken’s last game; Ripken was in the on-deck circle when Anderson struck out on a 3-2 pitch.