Future Cleveland Indians pitcher Allie Reynolds is born in Bethany, Oklahoma.
Reynolds, nicknamed “Chief”, pitched 13 years in the Majors, including his first five seasons in an Indians uniform during World War II. He worked primarily as a starter for the Tribe and won no fewer than eleven games while posting an ERA between 2.99 and 3.88 in his four full seasons in Cleveland. He was swapped following the 1946 season in a straight up trade with the New York Yankees for infielder and future Hall of Famer Joe Gordon.
He played eight seasons in the Big Apple, making five All-Star teams. He led the league with a 2.06 ERA in 1952 while winning 20 games for the first and only time in his career. He reached the World Series six times with the Yankees (1947, 1949-1953), posting a career 7-2 record in 15 games (nine starts) and a 2.79 ERA. New York was victorious in all six of those years.