Today in Tribe History: March 14, 1921
Bob Toth | On 14, Mar 2015
Bill Kennedy is born in Carnesville, Georgia.
“Lefty” debuted in 1948 with the Indians after they selected him in the Rule V draft from the Boston Red Sox. He was delayed in starting his baseball career like so many of his era because he spent three years in the Army during World War II. He appeared in six games for the club, earning a 1-0 record with an 11.12 ERA, but was traded to the St. Louis Browns with cash for pitcher Sam Zoldak. He would finish the season 8-8 with a 5.21 ERA and would spend three more years with the Browns before he was purchased by the Chicago White Sox. He would be traded a year later to the Boston Red Sox and would also spend a pair of seasons in Cincinnati with the Redlegs.
Zoldak pitched almost evenly as a starter and a reliever, making 12 starts and eleven relief appearances. He was nine games with a 2.81 ERA for the 1948 Tribe World Series champs and pitched in another 60 games for the club over the next two seasons before being traded to the Philadelphia Athletics in a three-team trade as part of the Minnie Minoso deal.