Today in Tribe History: July 2, 1970
Bob Toth | On 02, Jul 2015
1970 – Tony Horton hits for the cycle and the Cleveland Indians defeat the Baltimore Orioles in a 10-9 slugfest.
In his seventh Major League season, the Tribe’s regular first baseman had provided a steady .253 batting average, nine homers, and 37 RBI in his first 67 games. His cycle was the fifth in franchise history and the first since Larry Doby in 1952.
He was behind much of the scoring on the day, but was left stranded at first after a two-out double that followed two batters after Ray Fosse’s three-run homer. Horton led off the fourth inning with what is normally the hardest leg of the cycle, the triple, and scored on a double from the next batter, Ted Uhlaender, to cut the Baltimore lead to 5-4. Horton fouled out to end the fifth, but he drove in the tying run in the seventh with a two-out RBI single. With the Indians up 8-6 in what would be his last chance for the cycle in the ninth, Horton homered off of Pete Richert.
Horton would not last two more months with the club, walking away from the game for good on August 28th. He was dealing with anxiety and depression.