Today in Tribe History: January 12, 1972

With the 21st pick in the January Secondary draft, the Cleveland Indians select Duane Kuiper.

Kuiper, the cousin of future Indians teammate Dick Bosman, will spend 12 years in the Major Leagues, starting with his debut for the club in 1974. After eight seasons manning second base, he will be traded following the 1981 season to the San Francisco Giants for pitcher Ed Whitson.

Kuiper will spend four years on the west coast before being released midseason in 1985. He has since gone on to a lengthy and successful career as a broadcaster for the Giants. He might best be known for hitting just one home run (on August 29th, 1977 with Cleveland in the first inning off of Chicago’s Steve Stone) during his career that spanned 1,057 games and 3,754 trips to the plate.

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