Today in Tribe History: February 4, 1956

Chris Bando, future backup catcher and minor league manager for the Cleveland Indians, is born in Cleveland, Ohio.

The local kid, Bando was selected by the Indians in the second round of the 1978 draft. He debuted with the club in 1981, working behind the plate. The switch hitter slugged as many as a dozen home runs and drove in 41 runs in 1984 while batting a career best .291.

He was released in August of 1988 and joined the Detroit Tigers for a month. He spent the 1989 season with the Oakland Athletics before getting into coaching. He worked as a minor league manager at Akron in 2001 and Mahoning Valley in 2002 for the Indians before becoming the Scrappers’ hitting coach in 2003.

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