Today in Tribe History: December 24, 1940

The Cleveland Indians make a pair of roster moves, selling pitcher Johnny Allen to the St. Louis Browns and trading outfielder Ben Chapman to the Washington Senators for pitcher Joe Krakauskas.

Allen, who had gone 15-1 in 1937 with a 2.55 ERA for the Indians, was swapped for $20,000. Chapman had spent a pair of seasons manning the Cleveland outfield after spending the previous nine seasons in the American League with New York, Washington, and Boston.

Krakauskas will play a dozen games for the Indians in 1941 and three more in 1942 before leaving for the war as a member of Canada’s Royal Canadian Air Force. He will return to baseball with the Indians in 1946, appearing in 29 games in his last big league season before three seasons in the minors with the White Sox and Pirates.

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