Today in Tribe History: January 4, 1890

Future Indians manager Ossie Vitt is born in San Francisco, California.

Vitt played ten seasons in the Majors with the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. After several seasons playing in the minors, he became a manager, eventually getting an opportunity at the helm of the Cleveland team in 1938. He led the Indians to three consecutive winning seasons, but was not liked in the dugout. He had a reputation for belittling his players with sarcasm or pointing out their mistakes.

In 1940, the players became irritated enough that they approached then-owner Alva Bradley and advised him that Vitt could not lead the talented Indians group to a pennant. Bradley did not make a move and the press eventually got wind of the meeting, helping the Indians earn the moniker of “Cry-Babies”. Vitt was fired at the end of the season, with the team finishing one game behind the first place Detroit Tigers, and returned to minor leagues, managing for two more seasons.

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