Lew Fonseca, who spent some of his best Major League seasons in a Cleveland Indians uniform, passes away at the age of 90.
Fonseca had spent his first five seasons in the National League, playing four years with the Cincinnati Reds (1921-24) before joining the Philadelphia Phillies (1925) for one. He came to the Indians after a season in independent ball and surged with the Tribe, batting .311 in his first season with the club in 1927. He established career-highs in multiple offensive categories for the team in 1929, leading the league with a .369 batting average while adding in six home runs and a team-high 103 RBI.
He was hitting .370 for Cleveland in 1931 when he was dealt to the Chicago White Sox. He would remain there for his final three big league seasons, spending the 1932 and 1933 seasons as a player-manager for the club. He started the 1934 season in the manager role before a 4-11 start ended his tenure.