Today in Tribe History: June 14, 1979

1979 – The Cleveland Indians acquire first baseman Mike Hargrove from the San Diego Padres in exchange for third baseman/outfielder Paul Dade.

In acquiring Hargrove, the Indians received the former 1974 American League Rookie of the Year and 1975 AL All-Star. After five seasons with the Texas Rangers, he was traded prior to the 1979 season to San Diego with two others for former Indians outfielder Oscar Gamble, another player, and cash, and spent just 52 games with the club, hitting .192 with eight RBI, before the deal to Cleveland.

In his new locale, he will finish out the season with a .325 average with the Tribe, hitting ten homers and driving in 56. He will spend six more seasons in Cleveland as a player through the 1985 season, before finding his way into coaching and then back into the city as the manager of the club from 1991 through 1999, winning a pair of AL pennants.

Dade was a free agent acquisition by the Indians in February of 1977 after being with the California Angels franchise following his selection with the tenth overall pick in the first round of the 1970 draft. He played all three outfield spots in addition to second and third bases with the Indians and would do similar in his season and a half with the Padres. He was hitting .282 in 44 games at the time of the trade and hit .276 the rest of the way in the National League for the first time in his career. In his final big league season in 1980, he played in 68 games and hit .189.

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