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Arguably the greatest second baseman in the history of baseball, Rogers Hornsby spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the Cardinals.
Over that span he hit .359/.427/.570 and won six straight batting titles, including three seasons in which he hit over .400.
He had a down season by his standards in 1926 (.317 BA, 11 HR, 93 RBI), and when his contract was up that offseason, he sought a three-year, $150,000 deal.
The best owner Sam Breadon offered was a one-year, $50,000 deal, though, and when Hornsby declined, he was traded to the Giants. The trade was delayed by the fact that Hornsby held stock in the Cardinals organization, but once he sold them, he was shipped to New York.
He went on to play 11 more seasons, hitting .357/.450/.593 and proving to more than worth the three-year deal he was seeking with a .376/.468/.633 slash line, 86 home runs and 368 RBI over that span.