Today in Tribe History: January 21, 1899

Lew Fonseca is born in Oakland, California.

Fonseca spent a dozen years in the Majors, including parts of five years in Cleveland with the Indians. A part time player for the Cincinnati Reds in his first four seasons, he played in 126 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1925 before joining the Indians after a season with the Newark Bears of the International League.

Fonseca spent 1927 through 1930 with the Indians. His best big league season was a surprise breakout year in 1929, when he led the league with a .369 batting average and drove in 103 runs. After playing 26 games at the beginning of the 1931 season in Cleveland, he was selected off of waivers by the Chicago White Sox, where he spent parts of two seasons as a player-manager.

Also on this date in Tribe history:

1922Sam Mele is born in Astoria, New York. He spent the final season of his ten-year MLB career with the Indians in 1956.

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