This trade certainly isn't the biggest on this list in terms of names. And may have had the least amount of impact, as well. But its significance lies in that it remains the only time in MLB history that two managers were traded for one another. In 1960, the Cleveland Indians had a GM named Frank 'Trader' Lane. In 1959, Joe Gordon (pictured in his Indians playing days) managed Cleveland to an 89-65 record, good for second place in the AL. Apparently that wasn't good enough for Trader Lane, who in 1960 was looking to make a ... trade. Some reports at the time claimed Lane wanted to trade the entire team, but MLB rejected it. So in the middle of the 1960 season, with the Indians sitting at 49-46, Lane traded Gordon to Detroit for their manager, Dykes, in a straight-up trade. Dykes would finish the season 26-32 (Gordon finished 26-31 for Detroit), then go 77-83 the following season. Gordon left for Kansas City after that 1960 season.
Hold up, Doc
While the Clippers and Celtics wait for the NBA to approve Sunday's trade involving Doc Rivers (NBA rules say you can't trade a coach, so David Stern has to figure out a way to explain how this swap of a coach for a draft pick isn't a trade), Clippers fans are already counting down the days to free agency (to re-sign Chris Paul) and the start of the season (to begin their championship march). In the meantime, let's look at some of the more famous coach swaps in sports history and see how teams fared.
What began as a modern-day odd couple turned into a match made in heaven, before it all went to hell. Gruden was hired by the legendary Al Davis, 44 years his senior, to lead the Oakland Raiders at the age of 34 before the 1998 season. And in four seasons, Gruden not only lifted the Raiders back to respectability (a 38-26 record and a trip to the AFC championship game), but also became one of the league's biggest personalities with his sideline antics and 'Chucky' persona. But a falling out led Davis to trade Gruden to Tampa Bay before the 2002 season in exchange for four picks and $8 million. Davis laughed all the way to the bank, but Gruden got the last laugh, leading the Bucs to their only Super Bowl win in franchise history ... in his first season ... against the Raiders.
Guillen certainly enjoyed his share of success at his first job with the White Sox, highlighted by a World Series title in 2005, the franchise's first in 88 years. But he also made as much news with his brash personality, controversial comments, and clashes with players, umpires and media. So with the White Sox on their way to their third losing season since that World Series win, Guillen was let go in September 2011 and quickly signed by the Marlins, who sent two minor-leaguers back to Chicago as compensation. The Marlins had a new stadium and new name (changing from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins) and wanted to attract more Latin American fans in the Miami area. Less than two weeks into the season, though, Guillen made controversial comments in an interview, including, “I love Fidel Castro." He was suspended five games, but the furor in the Miami community never seemed to go away, and he was fired after one season, in which he led the Marlins to a last-place finish.
Stan Van Gundy
SVG was head coach of the Miami Heat for two full seasons after serving as an assistant with the franchise under Pat Riley for the eight previous seasons. In his second season, Van Gundy led the Heat (who acquired Shaquille O'Neal prior to that season) to the Eastern Conference finals, only to see the following offseason filled with speculation that Riley, now team president, wanted to fire his protégé. Indeed, 21 games into the 2005-06 season, Van Gundy resigned. Riley took over as coach again and led the Heat to the NBA championship. In the summer of 2007, Orlando hired Van Gundy, who was still under contract with the Heat. Miami received draft picks and cash in exchange for letting the coach go. In five seasons in Orlando, SVG led the Magic to the playoffs every season, including the NBA Finals in 2009. Another perceived spat — this one with All-Star center Dwight Howard — gave us plenty of fun memories, and preceded Van Gundy's departure following the 2011-12 season.
Hodges was New York through and through. He debuted as a player with the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he would build a career that many feel is worthy of the Hall of Fame. After moving with the franchise to Los Angeles, he was selected by the Mets in the expansion draft, was the first first baseman in team history and hit the franchise's first home run on April 11, 1962. But his most famous act as a New Yorker came in 1969, when he led the Amazin' Mets to the World Series championship, still argued by many as the most stunning championship in MLB history. The win over the Baltimore Orioles came nearly two years after manager Hodges was traded by Washington for pitcher Bill Denehy and $100,000.
Tanner took over the Oakland A's just as their dynasty of the mid-'70s came to a close. After one season, 87 wins and a second-place finish, Tanner was traded by famed A's owner Charlie Finley along with $100,000 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for aging catcher Manny Sanguillen. Most Pirates fans were none too pleased with the departure of the popular Sanguillen, but it's safe to assume those feelings changed pretty quickly. In Tanner's first season, the Pirates went 96-66 and finished second in the NL East. Two seasons later, in 1979, they were World Series champions. It was Pittsburgh's first title since 1971 — and remains its last.