Just over four months after acquiring him in a seven-player trade from the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians general manager Frank Lane sends Norm Cash to the Detroit Tigers for infielder Steve Demeter.
Cash, who had spent parts of two seasons in Chicago with the White Sox, will bat .286 with 18 home runs in his first season in Motown. His 1961 effort was one to remember, as he led the league with a .361 batting average, .487 on-base percentage, and 193 hits. Included in his production were 41 home runs, 132 runs batted in, and 124 walks and he made his first of four All-Star teams. He combined with new teammate and fellow former Indians outfielder Rocky Colavito, who had 45 homers and 140 RBI that season, to make a formidable duo in the lineup. Cash would hit 373 homers in 15 seasons for Detroit.
Demeter, meanwhile, will have a long career in baseball, just not in the Majors or in Cleveland. He will appear in just four games for the Indians, going hitless in five at bats later in 1960. He spent the bulk of his time on the minor league circuit, totaling 19 years of service there before becoming a minor league manager for the Pirates. He also worked as a coach and scouting director with Pittsburgh’s MLB club.