Corner infielder and designated hitter Kevin Seitzer is born in Springfield, Illinois.
In the tail end of his eleventh season in the Majors, Seitzer finally got an opportunity to reach the postseason when he was dealt in August of 1996 by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Cleveland Indians. He had spent his first six seasons in Kansas City, where he was an All-Star and Rookie of the Year runner-up in his second season in 1987. He signed with the Brewers for the 1992 season and returned to the club the next season after spending the first half of the 1993 campaign with the Oakland Athletics. He remained in Milwaukee for parts of the next three years, making his second career All-Star team in 1995, before he was dealt on the final day of August in 1996 to Cleveland.
He injected offense into the Tribe’s lineup in 22 games after his acquisition, batting .386 with a homer, ten doubles, and 16 RBI, but the Indians lost to the Baltimore Orioles that season in the American League Division Series. The next year, he appeared in 64 games and hit .268 with two homers and 24 RBI, but made just eleven plate appearances over three playoff series for Cleveland that postseason as they lost in seven games to Florida in the World Series. He retired after the season.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1869 – Jack McCarthy, a member of the Cleveland baseball club from 1901 to 1903, is born in Hardwick, Massachusetts.
1893 – Frank Brower is born in Cartharpin, Virginia. The outfielder/first baseman played for Cleveland in 1923 and 1924.
1895 – Joe Klugmann, member of the Indians for 38 games in 1925, is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1913 – Bill Zuber, a member of the Indians pitching staff for four years between 1936 and 1940, is born in Middle Amana, Iowa.
1947 – Infielder Jackie Price lets loose a pair of five-foot long snakes on a train trip from Los Angeles, upsetting passengers with the prank.
1958 – Chris Codiroli, who pitched in 14 games for the Indians in 1988, is born in Oxnard, California.
1963 – Luis Medina is born in Santa Monica, California. He spent all three of his Major League seasons with the Indians.
1968 – Jose Vizcaino is born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. He will spend just two months of the 1996 season in an Indians uniform after being traded by the New York Mets and will be sent to the San Francisco Giants before the year is up.