Today in Tribe History: November 23, 1940

Pitcher Luis Tiant is born in Marianao, Cuba.

Tiant was pitching with the Mexico City TIgers when he was purchased by the Cleveland Indians. His impressive 15-1 record with Portland in 1964, the Indians minor league affiliate, earned him an opportunity to pitch for the Major League club. He earned a 10-4 record for the Tribe that season.

Tiant spent six years in an Indians uniform, winning as many as 21 games in 1968 and losing as many as 20 in 1969. His 1.60 ERA during his All-Star ’68 season was the league’s best. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins after his disastrous ’69 season, but later found success during his eight seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

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