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Today in Tribe History: April 12, 1960

Today in Tribe History: April 12, 1960

| On 12, Apr 2016

Just over four months after acquiring him in a seven-player trade from the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians and general manager Frank Lane send Norm Cash to the Detroit Tigers for infielder Steve Demeter.

Cash, who had spent parts of two seasons in Chicago with the White Sox, will bat .286 with 18 home runs in his first season in Motown. His 1961 effort was one to remember, as he led the league with a .361 batting average, .487 on-base percentage, and 193 hits. Included in his production were 41 home runs, 132 runs batted in, and 124 walks and he made his first of four All-Star teams. He combined with new teammate and fellow former Indians outfielder Rocky Colavito, who had 45 homers and 140 RBI that season, to make a formidable duo in the lineup. Cash will hit 373 homers in 15 seasons for Detroit.

Demeter, meanwhile, will have a long career in baseball, just not in the Majors. He will appear in just four games for Cleveland, going hitless in five at bats later this year. He will spend plenty of time on the minor league circuit, totaling 19 years of service there before becoming a minor league manager for the Pirates. He also worked as a coach and scouting director with Pittsburgh’s MLB club.

Comments

  1. You really wonder what the Indians would have been like with Maris, Rocky, and Cash in the middle of the lineup. And then the idiots cut the farm system down to 3 teams in 1961 and the Indians goose was cooked for over 3 decades. We are just lucky that they could not get out of the lease at the stadium or the Indians would have been in New Orleans or Seattle. I always wondered if the ownership cut the farm system out of spite because they were mad that Washington beat them into Minneapolis.

  2. Joe Barmess

    I remember getting Cash and then losing Cash and at the time not really knowing who he was. Yes, it’s scarry to think what the Tribe would have been with Rocky and Norm batting for us, and after a 1959 season where we finished only 5 games out to the White Sox. We also traded Eckersley for a third baseman and Coco Crisp for a third baseman, both of whom it’s hard to remember. This year I regret that we didn’t go after third baseman Todd Frazier, which would have solved both the problem of who to play at third but also would have given us a power right handed hitter to place in the clean up position. Note on the Maris trade, at the time it looked fairly good, we received hard hitting Woody Held and Vic Power, who was both a good hitter and a magician with the glove at first base who was also a gifted base stealer who stole home several times. Maris was traded from us to Kansas City who eventually traded him to the Yankees and ultimately stardom.