3. April 26, 1974: Chris Chambliss, Dick Tidrow, and Cecil Upshaw traded from Cleveland to New York for Fritz Peterson, Steve Kline, Fred Beene, and Tom Buskey
For the second time in three years, New York pulled off another trade with Cleveland that helped them win three AL pennants and two championships by the end of the decade. Graig Nettles had been traded from Cleveland in November 1972.
Chris Chambliss, the AL Rookie of the Year in 1971, drove in at least 90 runs from 1976-78. In the 1976 ALCS, he batted .524 (11-for-21) with two home runs and eight RBI and hit one of the most dramatic homers in Yankee history: a walk-off shot against the Royals' Mark Littell to give New York its first AL pennant since 1964.
He won six World Series titles as a Yankee (two as a player, four as a coach).
Dick Tidrow, who pitched in 211 games in six seasons with New York, was an effective setup reliever and starter. He posted an 11-4 record in the Yankees' 1977 championship season.
Cecil Upshaw was only 1-5 in 1974, his only season in New York. He was traded to the White Sox after the season.
Even though the Yankees traded four pitchers to the Indians, none of them lasted more than four seasons in Cleveland. Fred Beene was only 5-4 with a 5.93 ERA in his final two seasons from 1974-75.
Tom Buskey had four decent seasons as a middle reliever, posting a 12-13 record with 25 saves. He later pitched three seasons with Toronto.
Steve Kline, who won 16 games for New York in 1972, was only 3-8 with a 5.07 ERA in his only season in Cleveland in 1974. An arm injury forced him to miss the following two seasons before ending his career in Atlanta in 1977.
Fritz Peterson won 109 games, including a 20-win season in 1970, in nine years with the Yankees. In three seasons with the Indians, he was 23-25 with a 4.61 ERA.