After his rookie year with the Giants, Babb was traded to Brooklyn along with pitcher
John Cronin for veteran shortstop Bill Dahlen. Babb hit .265 in 1904 for the Dodgers
but was only fair in the field.
»December 12, 1903:
Continuing efforts to build a winner in New York, John McGraw acquires 34-year-old SS Bill Dahlen from Brooklyn in exchange for pitcher Jack Cronin and iron-fingered SS Charlie Babb. McGraw says this is the trade that makes the Giants into winners. In 1904, Dahlen will top the National League with 80 RBI. When he retires in 1911, he will have fielded more chances than any other SS.
»June 20, 1904: New York coasts to a 12-4 win over Brooklyn, pounding out 13 hits to beat Bill Reidy. Christy Mathewson picks up his 11th win. Reidy's cause is not helped by nine Brooklyn errors, including five by ex-Giant SS Charlie Babb.