The Cleveland Indians pull off a pair of trades with the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs.
The Indians sent minor leaguer Alvin McGrew and catcher Dave Duncan to the O’s for first baseman Boog Powell and pitcher Don Hood. Pitcher Milt Wilcox was dealt to the Cubs for outfielder Brock Davis and pitcher Dave LaRoche.
Duncan had spent the last two seasons in Cleveland after being acquired from Oakland in the Ray Fosse trade. He would spend two seasons with Baltimore. McGrew had spent six seasons in the minors with the Indians and would never reach the Majors, playing just two more years professionally. Wilcox had spent three seasons with the Indians after two with the Cincinnati Reds. After a short stay with the Cubs, he would become an effective starter for the Detroit Tigers for nine years.
Hood will pitch as a starter and a reliever for Cleveland from 1975 to 1979 before being traded to the New York Yankees for Cliff Johnson. After 14 years with the O’s, Powell will spend a pair of seasons in Cleveland before being released and signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for one final season. Davis would spend his final professional season between Double-A and Triple-A for Cleveland in 1975. LaRoche would become an All-Star for the Tribe in 1976 and would make the squad again in 1977 after starting the season with Cleveland but being dealt to the California Angels in May.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1878 – Otto Hess, who will spend parts of six seasons with the Bronchos and Naps from 1902 to 1908, is born in Berne, Switzerland.
1917 – The Chicago White Sox purchase first baseman Chick Gandil from the Indians for $3,500, less than half of what Cleveland had spent previously to acquire him.
1960 – Frank Lane signs a three-year contract with the Indians to continue work as the club’s general manager. He quits by the following January.
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For what it’s worth, Chick Gandil was one of the eight White Sox banned afte the Black Sox scandal and was instrumental in setting the conspiracy up. Joe Gedeon of the St. Louis Browns also was banned because he knew about the scandal and didn’t speak up. I added that fact because his nephew Elmer, who played for the Senators, was from Cleveland and one of only two major leaguers killed in World War II.