Cleveland and Oakland swap starting pitchers, as the Indians send Jim Perry and Dick Bosman west to the Athletics for Blue Moon Odom and cash.
The 39-year-old Perry began his career with the Indians in 1959 and spent parts of five years with the club, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting and later making an All-Star appearance in 1961. He was dealt to the Minnesota Twins in 1963 and spent portions of ten years there, winning the Cy Young award in 1970 when he won 24 games. After a season in Detroit, he returned to Cleveland in 1974. He will go 3-4 with the A’s after his 1-6 start for the Indians in the final season of his career.
Bosman came to Cleveland from the Texas Rangers in 1973. He may be best remembered for his 4-0 no-hitter against the same A’s on July 19, 1974, when his own throwing error cost him a perfect game. He will go 11-4 for Oakland in 1975 and 4-2 in 1976 and would be released prior to the 1977 season to end his MLB career.
The right-handed Odom had spent his entire career with the Athletics, beginning as a 19-year-old in Kansas City in 1964. A two-time All-Star there, his stay in Cleveland will last less than three weeks and three appearances, including a complete game shutout. The Indians will send him to the Atlanta Braves on June 7, where he will go 1-7 with a 7.07 ERA. He will be traded by the Braves to the Chicago White Sox midway through the following season after appearing in his first 12 games of the year in the minors. His eight games for the parent Sox club will be his final MLB games, but he will return to the Oakland franchise in 1977 and make six starts at Triple-A.