Today in Tribe History: March 21, 1959

Cleveland and Detroit swap outfielders, as the Indians send future Hall of Famer Larry Doby to the Tigers for Tito Francona.

Doby was at the end of his career. He had spent just one year back in Cleveland after a two year stay in Chicago with the White Sox. Doby was limited to 89 games in 1958 while hitting .283. He would play just 39 games in 1959 in his final Major League season, including 18 with Detroit before he was purchased back by the White Sox.

Francona joined his fourth Big League club in four years and just over a month before the birth of his son and future MLB vet, Terry. He played a pair of seasons in Baltimore with the Orioles while finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1956 before splitting the 1958 season between the White Sox and Tigers organizations. He made an impact immediately with the Tribe, hitting .363 in 122 games while finishing fifth in the MVP voting in his first season with the club. He spent six years representing the Indians, including an All-Star appearance in 1961, before he was purchased from the team by the St. Louis Cardinals. He also spent time with the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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