Today in Tribe History: January 12, 1972
After drafting shortstop Rick Manning second overall in the 1972 amateur draft in the summer of 1971, the Indians pick second baseman Duane Kuiper in the secondary phase draft on this date in 1972. Manning would later transition to centerfield while Kuiper would remain in the infield and make his debut in 1974. Kuiper played eight seasons with the Indians and is probably best remembered for his solid glove and lack of offensive power. Kuiper hit only one home run in his 12 year career, hitting it while with Cleveland in 1977.