Today in Tribe History: November 17, 1977

Former Naps player and Indians manager and general manager Roger Peckinpaugh passes away in Cleveland at the age of 86.

Peckinpaugh played parts of his first three Major League seasons with the Naps in 1910 and again in 1912 and 1913. The Wooster, Ohio, native attended East Tech High School in Cleveland before playing with the local club. He was traded early in the 1913 season to the New York Yankees and remained there through the 1921 season. He was then traded to the Washington Senators and played for the organization through 1926, winning the AL MVP award in 1925. He ended his career with a single season with the Chicago White Sox in 1927.

After his 17-year playing career was over, he became the manager of the Indians from 1928 to 1933 and again in 1941. He posted winning seasons in five of his seven seasons with Cleveland, earning a record of 490-481, but the team never finished higher than third place. He also worked as the club’s general manager from 1941 to 1946.

Also on this date in Tribe history:

1923 – Mike Garcia is born. After fulfilling his military commitment during World War II, he became a regular in the Indians rotation for 12 seasons from 1948 to 1959, winning 142 games with a career 3.24 ERA.

1927 – A group, led by Alva Bradley and John Sherwin, buys the Cleveland Indians from the estate of the late James Dunn.

1936 – Gary Bell is born. The future Tribe hurler will spend ten seasons in Cleveland, finishing third in the Rookie of the Year voting in his first season in 1958 and twice being named an All-Star representative for the club.

1965 – Future Indians power-hitting first baseman Paul Sorrento is born in Somerville, Massachusetts. He will spend the 1992 to 1995 seasons as the Indians’ first baseman and designated hitter before departing to Seattle via free agency.

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