Today in Tribe History: April 11, 1951
Sid Monge, a reliever and All-Star with the Cleveland Indians in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, is born in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
Monge came to the Indians after playing parts of three seasons with the California Angels. He was dealt with Bruce Bochte and cash for pitchers Dave LaRoche and Dave Schuler. With the Tribe, he worked in all but two games as a reliever and made the All-Star team in 1979, finishing the season with a 12-10 record and a career-best 2.40 ERA in 76 games while saving 19 outings.
After re-signing with the Indians early in 1982, he was traded by the team a few weeks later to the Philadelphia Phillies for Bake McBride. He was traded a year later to San Diego and purchased the next season from the Padres by the Detroit Tigers.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1965 – Turner Ward, who spent parts of 1990 and 1991 as an outfielder for the Indians, is born in Orlando, Florida. He was acquired from the New York Yankees in the Mel Hall trade in 1989 and dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays with Tom Candiotti in 1991.
1966 – Emmett Ashford, after a long career as a minor league umpire, becomes the first black umpire in the history of the Major Leagues in Cleveland’s 5-2 win over the Washington Senators at RFK Stadium.
1974 – Trot Nixon, a member of the 2007 AL Central champion Indians roster, is born in Durham, North Carolina.
1986 – Russ Canzler is born in Berwick, Pennsylvania. He spent 26 games with the Indians at the tail end of the 2012 season, hitting .269 with three homers and eleven RBI.
1988 – Cleveland’s 2012 Rule 5 draft pick, Chris McGuiness, is born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was returned to his home club, the Texas Rangers, at the end of spring training.