Future Indians second baseman and manager Joe Gordon is born in Los Angeles, California.
The future Hall of Famer kicked off his Cooperstown-worthy career with the New York Yankees in 1938. By the next season, he was an All-Star for the first of nine consecutive seasons, split in half by his two years away from baseball while serving in the Army during World War II. Prior to heading away for service, he was the MVP of the 1942 season.
Gordon joined the Indians after the 1946 season via trade for pitcher Allie Reynolds. He was a three-time All-Star for Cleveland from 1947 to 1949 before hanging it up after the 1950 season.
Following his career, he entered the coaching game and took over as Indians manager midway through the 1958 season. He remained in that role until 1960, when he was part of a bizarre Frank Lane trade that swapped him with Detroit Tigers skipper Jimmy Dykes. Gordon spent the remainder of that season in Michigan and was the manager of the Kansas City Athletics at the beginning of the 1961 season. He later served as the first manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1969.
The five-time World Series champion (including the Indians’ last in 1948) fell off of the Hall of Fame ballot in 1970, but he was selected for induction by the Veteran’s Committee in 2009.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1922 – Joe Tipton, who spent parts of three seasons with the Indians as a catcher, including during their 1948 World Championship season, is born in McCaysville, Georgia.
1974 – Future Indians utility man Jamey Carroll is born in Evansville, Indiana. He played with the club in 2008 and 2009.
2001 – Butch Wensloff, who appeared in just one game with the Cleveland Indians to conclude his MLB career in 1948, passes away at the age of 85. He allowed two runs, two hits, three walks, and struck out two in an inning and two-thirds in his lone outing for the Tribe.
2010 – The Cleveland Indians announce wholesale changes to their front office with several promotions and title changes set to take place at the conclusion of the 2010 season. Paul Dolan, who made the announcement for the organization, was to take over the role of club chairman and CEO at the end of the season. General manager Mark Shapiro was promoted to Indians team president and his assistant, Chris Antonetti, would move into Shapiro’s spot as the team’s new GM.