Today in Tribe History: December 30, 1901
Bob Toth | On 30, Dec 2019
Dick Porter, an outfielder for six seasons with the Indians, is born in Princess Anne, Maryland.
Porter made his big league debut in an Indians uniform in 1929 at the age of 27, playing 71 games while batting .328. He topped that impressive debut with a .350 batting average in 119 games for the Tribe in 1930.
He remained with the club until 1934, when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox with pitcher Wes Ferrell for outfielder “Suitcase Bob” Seeds, pitcher Bob Weiland, and cash. He finished the season with a .303 average in 79 games as a left and right fielder for the Sox in what would be his final big league season.
Porter spent the next six years toiling in the minor league game, primarily playing in the International League. The last four of those years included time managing his respective clubs.
Following his playing career, he remained involved in coaching, working as a minor league manager for years, including several with Cleveland farm clubs. He was elected to the International League Hall of Fame in 1963.