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Today in Tribe History: March 16, 1907

Today in Tribe History: March 16, 1907

| On 16, Mar 2015

Cleveland Naps manager Nap Lajoie rejects a proposed trade with the Detroit Tigers that would have sent Ty Cobb to Cleveland for Elmer Flick.

Cobb, a tumultuous individual, had gotten into a fight with a black groundskeeper and his wife and then with Tigers catcher Charles “Boss” Schmidt. The deal, which would have swapped the two future Hall of Famers, did not come to fruition. Just two years under his belt in the Majors, Cobb would hit .350 as a 20-year-old in 1907 in his first of nine straight seasons leading the American League in hitting and 12 in a 13 year span.

Flick was coming off of a strong season when he led the AL in games played (157), plate appearances (700), at bats (624), runs scored (98), triples (22), and stolen bases (39). The 31-year-old batted .302 for the Naps in 1907 in his last full season with the club. He would play no more than 66 games in any season over the next three years with Cleveland before spending a pair of seasons in the minors.

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