The Indians re-acquire starting pitcher Jim Perry in a three-team trade, uniting the 37-year-old with his younger brother Gaylord Perry for the first time since their high school days in Williamston, North Carolina, in 1956.
In order to get Perry from Detroit, the Indians dealt outfielder Walt Williams and rookie pitcher Rick Sawyer to the New York Yankees. The Yankees swapped catcher Jerry Moses to the Tigers for pitcher Ed Farmer as part of the deal.
Perry had previously spent time in the Indians organization after signing with the club as an amateur free agent in 1956. He led the league in wins in his second season with the Indians in 1960, posting an 18-10 record, and was an All-Star in 1961. He was dealt to Minnesota early in the 1963 season and ten years later was dealt by the Twins to the Tigers. He would spend a little over a year back with the Indians, which would again trade him in May of 1975 to the Oakland Athletics with pitcher Dick Bosman for pitcher Blue Moon Odom and cash considerations.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1970 – Ken “Hawk” Harrelson breaks his leg during a spring training contest. He will appear in just 17 games for the Tribe that season, hitting .282, and 52 more games the next season, batting .199, before walking away from the game to pursue a golf career.
1981 – Frank “Trader” Lane passes away at the age of 85. Involved heavily in sports throughout his life, he was best remembered for his penchant for change and trades, including infamously trading away Rocky Colavito, Norm Cash, Roger Maris, and manager Joe Gordon from the Indians club.