Here's a challenge for someone with time on their hands....make a flowchart depicting lefty first baseman Dale Long's travels through all the baseball organizations he was a part of. Here is his transaction listing from Baseball Reference:
- May 1945: Traded by Middletown (Ohio State) with Kenneth Braden (minors) to the Cincinnati Reds for Dick Oder (minors) and Joseph Turczak (minors).
- June 1947: Released by the Cincinnati Reds.
- June 1947: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
- November 24, 1948: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers from the Boston Red Sox in the 1948 minor league draft.
- December 5, 1949: Drafted by the New York Yankees from the Detroit Tigers in the 1949 minor league draft.
- November 16, 1950: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees in the 1950 rule 5 draft.
- June 1, 1951: Selected off waivers by the St. Louis Browns from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- December 5, 1951: Purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the St. Louis Browns.
- May 1, 1957: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with Lee Walls to the Chicago Cubs for Gene Baker and Dee Fondy.
- April 5, 1960: Purchased by the San Francisco Giants from the Chicago Cubs.
- August 21, 1960: Purchased by the New York Yankees from the San Francisco Giants.
- December 14, 1960: Drafted by the Washington Senators from the New York Yankees as the 28th pick in the 1960 expansion draft.
- July 11, 1962: Traded by the Washington Senators to the New York Yankees for Don Lock.
- August 2, 1963: Released by the New York Yankees.
I recall as a kid how that dinger streak impressed the hell out of me and my friends and we coveted Dale Long cards as if he was a star. 1956, in addition to being the year he made headlines for that run of homers as a Pirate, was his best season in the majors. He had 27 home runs and 91 RBIs while hitting .263 and making the NL All-Star Game.
He sandwiched better batting average seasons around that '56 campaign and hit 20 homers or more a total of three times. He appeared in two World Series with the Yankees, 1960 and 1962 when he won a title. Interestingly he was a mid-season pickup by the Yankees in both of those seasons.