Today in Tribe History: February 27, 1963

The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Athletics agree to a deal, as the Tribe sends outfielder Chuck Essegian west for pitcher Jerry Walker.

Walker, a former All-Star with the Baltimore Orioles in his third season in the Majors and first full one, had spent each of the past two years with the A’s working primarily as a starter. He will play two seasons in Cleveland, going 6-6 with a 4.91 ERA in 1963 and 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA in just six games of work in 1964 to conclude his Major League career.

Essegian had joined the Indians on May 3rd, 1961 when he was purchased by Cleveland from the same Kansas City squad. With the Tribe, he appeared with his third different club in a MLB game that season and the fourth different franchise on the year. He made a career-high 106 appearances for Cleveland in 1962, working all three outfield spots while hitting .274 with a career-best 21 homers and 50 RBI.

The two players had been traded together previously, when the O’s had sent the pair to the Athletics at the beginning of the 1961 season for Dick Hall and Dick Williams.

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