Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati in 1959, Helms finally earned a starting position in 1966. Six seasons later Helms had picked up a Rookie of the Year award, two Gold Glove awards and two All Star nominations. With a pedigree like that Helms must have been surprised when he was shipped off to Houston for Joe Morgan and four other players who would form the backbone a Cincinnati team that would go on to win two World Series in the next five years. 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 that off season.
1 bat down 82 to go.