Today in Tribe History: February 15, 1916

The Cleveland Indians purchase first baseman Chick Gandil from the Washington Senators for $7,500.

Expendable with first base prospect Joe Judge coming off of a .415 effort in his debut in 1915, Gandil had hit .291 with 64 RBI in his fourth season with Washington and his fifth in the Major Leagues. His stay in Cleveland would be short lived, as he would hit .259 in 146 games with the Indians in 1916 and would be sold following the season to the Chicago White Sox for less than half of what they paid for him the year before.

He spent three years in the Windy City and was banned permanently from baseball by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for his role in the “Black Sox scandal” when the White Sox won the 1919 American League pennant but were accused of throwing the World Series. While other players affected in the scandal were actively playing and were out of baseball before the end of the 1920 season, Gandil had already left the game, having interestingly enough hung up his cleats after the loss in the World Series despite coming off of a statistically good season.

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