After batting a career-high .271 for the White Sox in 1971, McKinney, a utility man,
was traded to the Yankees for Stan Bahnsen. The Yankees hoped he would be their everyday
third baseman, but while Bahnsen won 21 games for Chicago the following year, McKinney
hit .215 in 37 games for New York and tied an AL record with four errors at third
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 2, 1971:
The Yanks send P Stan Bahnsen to the White Sox for INF Rich McKinney. Bahnsen will win 21 games for the White Sox in 1972, while McKinney will fail to win the 3B job in NY. The Yanks also get Bernie Allen from Texas in a trade for lefties Terry Ley and Gary Jones.