Today in Tribe History: May 23, 1975
Bob Toth | On 23, May 2015
1975 – Outfielder Rick Manning makes his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians and goes 1-for-4, batting second and playing right field, in a 3-0 loss at home against the Oakland Athletics.
Manning flew out in each of his first two at bats before knocking a single to center to lead off the seventh inning against Oakland’s Jim Todd. He would be stranded at first as George Hendrick and Boog Powell would each strike out and Frank Robinson flew out to center. Manning also made the final out of the game, grounding out to short against Todd to end it.
Manning’s single was just one of three hits on the day for the Indians, who also had singles from Buddy Bell and Frank Duffy. Former Indians starter Sonny Siebert allowed one run over five innings and Todd pitched the final four innings, allowing two hits for the save. Gaylord Perry took the complete game loss for the Tribe, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out five. All Oakland runs came on the home run, as Bert Campaneris hit a solo shot in the third and Joe Rudi hit a two-run show in the fourth.