Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati in 1959, Helms made it to the show in 1966. Six seasons later Helms had picked up a Rookie of the Year award, two Gold Glove awards and two All Star nominations. Despite his impressive pedigree, Helms was shipped off to Houston for Joe Morgan and four other players, who made up a core part of the Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine". Helms spent four seasons in Houston and part of two in Pittsburgh before coming to Boston. Despite the addition of Helms and 97 wins, the Red Sox did not see postseason play in 1977 and Helms was released during that off season.
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