Today In Tribe History
Fresh off of his first career All-Star season and a no-hitter on May 30, 1977 (the 200th in MLB history), the Cleveland Indians trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall to the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, catcher Bo Diaz, and utility player Ted Cox.
The Cleveland Indians announce that star center fielder Grady Sizemore had been signed to a six-year contract extension through the 2011 season with a team option for the following year. The pact was the longest such deal by the club in over ten seasons (Omar Vizquel; December 1995).
Longtime Detroit Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg, coming off of a season in Pittsburgh and time in spring camp with the Indians, makes a substantial financial investment in the Cleveland franchise and assumes the title and duties of second vice-president after a breakfast meeting in Los Angeles with team owner Bill Veeck.
A tragic boating accident that hours earlier claimed the life of young Indians reliever Steve Olin took a second casualty, as reliever Tim Crews succumbed to his injuries sustained when his bass boat struck a dock on Little Lake Nellie on an off day for the club during their spring training work at Winter Haven, Florida. Crews was 31 years old.