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Today in Tribe History: June 15, 1958

June 15, 2021 |

Just hours ahead of the deadline, the Cleveland Indians make their second trade with the Kansas City Athletics in four days as Indians general manager Frank Lane sends former top prospect outfielder Roger Maris, infielder Preston Ward, and pitcher Dick Tomanek to the Kansas City Athletics for utility guy Woodie Held and infielder Vic Power. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 15, 1958

June 15, 2020 |

Just hours ahead of the deadline, the Cleveland Indians make their second trade with the Kansas City Athletics in four days as Indians general manager Frank Lane sends former top prospect outfielder Roger Maris, infielder Preston Ward, and pitcher Dick Tomanek to the Kansas City Athletics for utility guy Woodie Held and infielder Vic Power. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 15, 1958

June 15, 2019 |

Just hours ahead of the deadline, the Cleveland Indians make their second trade with the Kansas City Athletics in four days as Indians general manager Frank Lane sends former top prospect outfielder Roger Maris, infielder Preston Ward, and pitcher Dick Tomanek to the Kansas City Athletics for utility guy Woodie Held and infielder Vic Power. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 15, 1958

June 15, 2018 |

Just hours ahead of the deadline, the Cleveland Indians make their second trade with the Kansas City Athletics in four days as Indians general manager Frank Lane sends former top prospect outfielder Roger Maris, infielder Preston Ward, and pitcher Dick Tomanek to the Kansas City Athletics for utility guy Woodie Held and infielder Vic Power. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 15, 1958

June 15, 2017 |

Just hours ahead of the deadline, the Cleveland Indians make their second trade with the Kansas City Athletics in four days as Indians general manager Frank Lane sends former top prospect outfielder Roger Maris, infielder Preston Ward, and pitcher Dick Tomanek to the Kansas City Athletics for utility guy Woodie Held and infielder Vic Power. Read More

Memorable Lane Deal Moved Future MVP Maris Out of Cleveland

June 15, 2016 |

Frank Lane was certainly known for his penchant for trading, flipping rosters, and trying to reinvent the baseball wheel. His tenure as the general manager of the Cleveland Indians was filled with all of the things that earned him the moniker, “Trader”. Its homophone, ‘traitor’, was likely synonymous with Lane at the time as well.

After Lane completed his four years of World War II service in the Navy, he returned to the baseball world. He climbed the ranks to general manager of the Chicago White Sox, and through more than 200 trades, turned the Sox into a team capable of contending. He moved on to St. Louis with the Cardinals, receiving a public black eye when it was revealed he tried to trade the beloved Stan Musial to Philadelphia for Robin Roberts. He came to Cleveland in November of 1957 and by June 15 was already making questionable decisions regarding the Indians roster and farm system.

Just hours ahead of the deadline on June 15, 1958, the Indians made their second trade with the Kansas City Athletics in just four days as Lane acquired utility guy Woodie Held and infielder Vic Power for infielder Preston Ward, pitcher Dick Tomanek, and former top prospect outfielder Roger Maris. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 15, 1958

June 15, 2015 |

1958 – Indians general manager Frank Lane sends former top prospect outfielder Roger Maris, infielder Preston Ward, and pitcher Dick Tomanek to the Kansas City Athletics for utility guy Woodie Held and infielder Vic Power.

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Baseball Lifer Slapnicka Unearthed Plenty of Talent

March 31, 2015 |

He had one victory in his major league pitching career, but Cy Slapnicka was a baseball lifer.

Slapnicka spent a decade as a pitcher in the minor leagues, and five years as general manager for the Indians, but he’s probably best known as a scout. Much of the talent assembled by the Indians in the 1940s and 1950s was done at his direction, but his greatest find was another pitcher from Iowa, Bob Feller.

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