Today in Tribe History: April 7, 2005
Bob Toth | On 07, Apr 2015
2005 – Bob Kennedy, a member of the Cleveland Indians’ 1948 World Series winning team, passes away in Mesa, Arizona. He was 84.
Kennedy was born in 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, and reached the Majors with the White Sox in 1939. He missed 1943 to 1945 after entering Naval Aviation and later the Marines during World War II. He was traded by the Sox to the Indians on June 2nd, 1948, for pitcher Al Gettel and outfielder/first baseman Pat Seerey. He played with the Indians into the 1954 season, when he was traded after two games to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder/third baseman Jim Dyck. He later spent time with the Detroit Tigers and Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, with several return trips to the Windy City.
Following his career, he worked as an assistant farm director for the Indians in 1960 and 1961 and later worked as a manager, Director of Player Development, and assistant general manager around the league. Two of his sons, All-Star catcher Terry Kennedy and minor leaguer and scout Bob Kennedy Jr., also were involved in Major League Baseball.