This Date in Baseball History- December 5, 1973- the Los Angeles Dodgers traded their long time center fielder Willie Davis to the Montreal Expos for the best relief pitcher in the National League in 1973- Mike Marshall. This trade would have a major impact -immediately for the 1974 Dodgers. Mike Marshall had what I would say is the greatest season a relief pitcher has ever had. In 1974 Marshall would pitch in a record 109 games- a record which still stands 47 years later. Marshall was not a one inning come into the game in the 9th inning to get a save pitcher. In those 109 games- Marshall set another record that seasons which still stands for relief pitchers- he pitched a total of 208.1 innings. Consider this- in 2021 only three starting pitchers pitched more innings than Mike Marshall did in relief in 1974. Marshall would lead the league in saves with 21 and have a record of 15 wins and 11 loses and a 2.42 ERA. He would win the Cy Young Award and finish 3rd in the NL MVP Award voting. The Dodgers would make it to the World Series that season- their first since 1966- but lost to the Oakland A’s.
Willie Davis would only spend one season with Montreal- he had a decent year 12 home runs 89 RBI’s and a .295 average.