Today in Tribe History: May 25, 1963

1963 – The Cleveland Indians send catcher (and their future manager) Doc Edwards and cash west to Kansas City in exchange for the Athletics’ Joe Azcue and Dick Howser.

Edwards, signed by the Tribe in 1958, had appeared in just 63 games for Cleveland in parts of two seasons with the club as a reserve catcher. He had played just ten games in the 1963 season, hitting .258, at the time of the trade. He would spend parts of three seasons in Kansas City before being dealt to the New York Yankees in 1965. He was traded back to the Indians in 1966, but was traded away to Houston in 1967. He would return to the Majors briefly in 1970, playing 35 games for the Philadelphia Phillies after being drafted by the club in the minor league draft.

Azcue, a backstop as well, became a regular in the Indians lineup, making an All-Star appearance in his final full season with the club. He was traded to Boston in 1969, who then flipped him to the California Angels. He concluded his career with eleven games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1972.

Howser was an All-Star and Rookie of the Year runner-up in 1961 with the A’s. He would play 162 games in his first full season with the Indians, leading the league with 736 plate appearances and 16 sacrifices. He was traded to the Yankees prior to the 1967 season, where he spent two seasons to finish his MLB career. Like Edwards, he would go on to manage and led the Yankees and Kansas City Royals as their skipper until his tragic death in 1987 at the age of 51.

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