Today in Tribe History: April 13, 1885
Bob Toth | On 13, Apr 2015
1885 – Vean Gregg, an eight-year Major League pitcher who debuted in Cleveland, is born in Chehalis, Washington.
Gregg spent his eight year MLB career scattered across a span of 14 years with several return trips to the minors along the way while battling arm troubles. He erupted onto the scene with the Cleveland Naps in 1911, winning what would be a career-high 23 games while leading the league with a 1.80 ERA in 34 games. He won 20 games in each of the next two seasons and was off to a 9-3 start for the Naps in 1914 when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Fritz Coumbe, Ben Egan, and Rankin Johnson.
He was not as successful in the northeast, posting a 9-11 record with a 3.42 ERA in 51 games over parts of three seasons. He spent the 1917 season back in the minors before being dealt to the Philadelphia Athletics at the end of the year. He made 30 appearances for the A’s in 1918, going 9-14, and records seem to indicate he may have been out of baseball until returning to the minors from 1922 to 1925. He made one last hoorah in the MLB, playing 26 games at the age of 40 with the Washington Senators in 1925 before returning to the minors briefly in 1927.