Today in Tribe History: March 27, 1948

Longtime Detroit Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg, coming off of a season in Pittsburgh, is hired as the Indians’ farm club director by owner Bill Veeck.

Greenberg, who had been in camp with Cleveland with hopes of keeping his playing career alive, never again plays in the Majors and the move signals the beginning of a front office stretch for the longtime AL powerhouse. “Hammering Hank” will work with the farm system as well as become the team’s second vice president and their second largest stockholder. He will later work as the Indians’ general manager until 1957 and will hold the same title with the Chicago White Sox, again under Veeck, from 1959 to 1961.

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