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Today in Tribe History: April 2, 1962

Today in Tribe History: April 2, 1962

| On 02, Apr 2016

The Cleveland Indians send first baseman Vic Power and pitcher Dick Stigman to the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Pedro Ramos.

Power, reliable with the glove and consistent at the plate in the Tribe lineup from 1958 to 1961, had spent parts of his first five seasons in the Majors with the Athletics before he joined the Indians in the five-player trade that would ultimately send outfielder Roger Maris from Cleveland to Kansas City. Power was a two-time All-Star for the Indians in 1959 and 1960 and would spend four more years in the Majors with the Twins, Angels, and Phillies.

The left-handed Stigman joined Power on the All-Star team in 1960 in his first Major League season, despite a year end record of 5-11 with a 4.51 ERA in 41 games. He would be a good addition to the Twins pitching staff in his first two seasons, winning a dozen games in 1962 and 15 in 1963 before falling off with a 6-15 record in 1964. He would play one more season with the Twins before joining the Red Sox organization for 34 games in the 1966 season.

The Cuban Ramos was in need of new scenery after struggling with the Washington Senators organization before their move to Minnesota during his first seven big league seasons. In each of the four years prior to his trade to Cleveland, he had led the American League in losses and in three of them led all of baseball. Despite the poor results in the loss column, he represented the Senators in the All-Star Game in 1959. He would win 26 games over parts of three seasons with the Tribe before he was traded to the New York Yankees in 1964. He would also play for the Phillies, Pirates, Reds, and the new Senators in 1970.

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