Today in Tribe History: December 10, 1976

The Cleveland Indians acquire first baseman Andre Thornton from the Montreal Expos in exchange for pitcher Jackie Brown.

It is the second time this year that Thornton was dealt. In his fourth MLB season, he struggled to reach a .200 batting average with a pair of home runs with the Chicago Cubs, who then traded the slumping righty to Montreal. He hit nine home runs north of the border, but he managed only a .191 average for the Expos to end his season with a .194 mark for the year.

“Thunder” will find his thump on the shores of Lake Erie, batting .263 the next season with 28 home runs. He will spend the remainder of his career in an Indians uniform, setting career highs of 33 home runs (1978, 1984) and 116 RBI (1982) while making a pair of Midsummer Classics. When his career ends following the 1987 season, he will own the fourth-most home runs in Indians history with 214.

Brown had been with the Indians for half of the 1975 season, mainly in relief, after being acquired from the Texas Rangers in the Gaylord Perry trade and appeared in 32 games in 1976, primarily as a starter. Entering his seventh year, the right-hander would go 9-12 with a 4.51 ERA as both a starter and reliever for Montreal in his final season in the Majors in 1977.

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