Today in Tribe History: April 17, 1960

1960 – Cleveland and Detroit pull off a surprising swap just before the start of the season, as the Indians acquire reigning American League batting champ Harvey Kuenn for last season’s leader in home runs in the AL, Rocky Colavito.

The controversial trade of the revered Tribe slugger entering the prime of his career was just one of many moves questioned by then-Indians general manager Frank Lane.

In adding Kuenn, the Indians brought in a seven-time All-Star from the Tigers who was just 29 years old and coming off of one of the best years of his career. He will be an All-Star again in 1960 for Cleveland, but in typical Lane fashion, the former Rookie of the Year will be shipped out of town to San Francisco following the season for Johnny Antonelli and Willie Kirkland.

The fan favorite Colavito will continue to develop into a consistent power hitting threat for the Tigers, pairing up with Norm Cash and Al Kaline to form a formidable lineup in Detroit. The Tigers will topple the 100-win mark with the trio in 1961 for the first time since 1934 and just the second time in franchise history.

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