Today in Tribe History: October 19, 1946

Cleveland and New York match up on a trade, as the Indians send starting pitcher Allie Reynolds to the Yankees in exchange for second baseman Joe Gordon.

Reynolds, who was 11-15 in 1946, will turn 30 in the offseason. He had been durable in the rotation, winning as many as 18 games in 1945, but had fallen off a bit the following season with a career-high in losses. “Chief” will go 19-8 in his first season in the Bronx, garnering some MVP votes, and will go on to win 131 games for the Yankees over the next eight seasons while five different times making the All-Star team for New York during his 13-year career. He became a major contributor to their rotation and was part of six different World Series teams for the Yankees – all winners.

The 31-year-old Gordon, the 1942 American League MVP, hit .210 in 1946 in his first season back from the war. Prior to his involvement during the 1944 and 1945 seasons, he was an All-Star in five straight seasons and was honored the same in 1946. He was a key to the Indians’ future success, securing the second base position for the next four years, making All-Star teams from 1947 to 1949, and hitting .280 with career highs in homers with 32 and RBI with 124 while aiding the Indians in their World Series trip in 1948.

His Major League playing days would end following the 1950 season, but he would become a minor league manager, a scout, and a coach in the Majors before managing the Indians, the Detroit Tigers, and the Kansas City Athletics from 1958 to 1961 and the Kansas City Royals as their inaugural manager in 1969.

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