Lou Boudreau is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving 232 of 300 votes necessary from the Baseball Writers Association of America. He was on the ballot for the first time in 1956.
“Old Shufflefoot” was a staple of the Indians lineup throughout the 1940s. He was named to eight All-Star teams in that span and earned votes on the MVP ballot in ten consecutive seasons, including his victorious 1948 season when he hit .355 with a career-high 18 home runs and 106 RBI as a player-manager for the World Series champion Indians team.
He hit .295 over his 15-year MLB career, which including 13 seasons in Cleveland and two final seasons with the Boston Red Sox.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1917 – Future Indians pitcher Joe Dobson, who spent 14 seasons in the Majors and debuted with the Indians in 1939, is born in Durant, Oklahoma.
1965 – Cleveland re-acquires fan favorite Rocky Colavito from the Chicago White Sox in part of a three-team, eight-player trade. The Indians also receive catcher Cam Carreon from Chicago and send outfielder Tommie Agee, pitcher Tommy John, and catcher Johnny Romano to the Sox. Chicago had acquired Colavito from the Athletics, sending three players to Kansas City to complete that portion of the swap. The Indians will return Colavito to Chicago in two and a half years.
1971 – Fifteen-year MLB veteran Brian Giles is born. The El Cajon, California, native was drafted in the 17th round by the Indians in 1989 and spent his first four seasons in Cleveland before he was dealt to Pittsburgh.
1983 – Matt Albers, who spent the 2013 season in the Indians bullpen, is born in Houston, Texas.
2012 – The Indians send reliever Zach Putnam to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Kevin Slowey. The veteran will not appear in a game for the Tribe, but will make eight starts at Triple-A for the organization.