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Posted 11/15/11 at 1:00 PM

Hot Stove season turns 125 years old today

The date is November 15, 1886.

After days of intense negotiation via overly formal telegram, the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association agree to send catcher "Honest" Jack Boyle and $350 in cash to the St. Louis Browns in exchange for outfielder Hugh Nicol.

Boyle presumably avoids highwaymen and cholera outbreeaks on the steam-train ride to St. Louis and arrives wearing a huge top hat and awesome sideburns, thus completing the first recorded trade in baseball history.

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