Today in Tribe History: March 9, 1909
Bob Toth | On 09, Mar 2017
Phil Seghi, general manager of the Cleveland Indians for much of the 1970s and 1980s, is born in Cedar Point, Illinois.
A former minor leaguer and a veteran of the Army during World War II, Seghi got into scouting and front office work with the Cincinnati Reds and then the Oakland Athletics after time as a minor league manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Indians. He reunited with longtime associate Gabe Paul in Cleveland in 1972, serving as the Indians’ farm director and assistant general manager before taking over Paul’s general manager position in 1973. He held the title with the Indians through the 1985 season.
Seghi died in 1987. His son Mike remains an employee of the Indians front office as the travelling secretary (the Director of Team Travel), a role he has had with the club since 1975.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1893 – Billy Southworth is born in Harvard, Nebraska. He spent a pair of seasons in Cleveland in 1913 and 1915 to start his 13-year MLB career. He later became a successful manager, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series from 1942 to 1944 (winning it twice) and then the Boston Braves to the championship series against his former Cleveland club in 1948. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007 by the Veterans Committee.
1963 – Terry Mulholland is born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He spent 20 seasons in the Majors, including parts of 2002 and 2003 with the Indians. He was 6-6 for the club in those two years, working primarily as a reliever, but making six starts as well.