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1955 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1954 / 1956

93-61, Finished 2nd in American League (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Al Lopez (93-61)
GM: Hank Greenberg
Scored 698 runs, Allowed 601 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 87-67

Ballparks: Cleveland Stadium · Attendance: 1,221,780 (3rd of 8)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 104, Pitching - 101 · one-year: Batting - 103, Pitching - 101

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1954 / 1956 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 14, 1954

Sold Owen Friend to the Boston Red Sox.

November 16, 1954

Traded players to be named later and Sam Jones to the Chicago Cubs. Received a player to be named later. The Chicago Cubs sent Ralph Kiner (November 16, 1954) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade. The Cleveland Indians sent $60,000 (November 16, 1954) and Gale Wade (November 30, 1954) to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade.

November 22, 1954

Mickey Grasso drafted by the New York Giants in the 1954 rule 5 draft.

Roberto Vargas drafted by the Milwaukee Braves in the 1954 rule 5 draft.

1955

Signed Gary Bell as an amateur free agent.

Signed Don Dillard as an amateur free agent.

Signed Carroll Hardy as an amateur free agent.

Signed Wynn Hawkins as an amateur free agent.

Signed Carl Mathias as an amateur free agent.

Signed Larry Raines as an amateur free agent.

Signed Elder White as an amateur free agent.

Joe Ginsberg sent to San Diego (PCL) in an unknown transaction.

Hank Izquierdo received from Winston-Salem (Carolina) in an unknown transaction.

April 8, 1955 (Standings)

Sold Harry Malmberg to the Detroit Tigers. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April 12, 1955 (Standings)

Purchased Matt Batts from the Baltimore Orioles.

April 13, 1955 (Standings)

Sold Bob Hooper to the Cincinnati Redlegs.

May 11, 1955 (Standings)

Sold Harry Simpson to the Kansas City Athletics.

Released Hal Newhouser.

June 15, 1955 (Standings)

Signed Ted Gray as a free agent.

Traded Dave Pope and Wally Westlake to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Billy Cox and Gene Woodling. Billy Cox refused to report to his new team. The Baltimore Orioles sent $15,000 (June 15, 1955) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

June 27, 1955 (Standings)

Traded Hank Majeski to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Bobby Young.

June 29, 1955 (Standings)

Released Ted Gray.

July 2, 1955 (Standings)

Dave Philley selected by the Baltimore Orioles off waivers.

July 3, 1955 (Standings)

Sold Matt Batts to the Cincinnati Redlegs.

July 5, 1955 (Standings)

Signed Kenny Kuhn as an amateur free agent (bonus baby).

July 14, 1955 (Standings)

Signed Ferris Fain as a free agent.

Traded Bill Wight to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Hoot Evers.

July 16, 1955 (Standings)

Sold Jim Dyck to the Baltimore Orioles.

July 31, 1955 (Standings)

Selected Sal Maglie off waivers from the New York Giants.

October 13, 1955 (Standings)

Purchased Johnny Gray from the Kansas City Athletics. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

October 15, 1955 (Standings)

Signed Cal McLish as a free agent.

October 17, 1955

Purchased George Spencer from the St. Louis Cardinals.

October 24, 1955

Released Ralph Kiner.

October 25, 1955

Traded Larry Doby to the Chicago White Sox. Received Jim Busby and Chico Carrasquel.

November 2, 1955

Released Ferris Fain.

November 27, 1955

Drafted Jim Dunn from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1955 minor league draft.

1956

Signed Bob Allen as an amateur free agent.

Signed Jim Perry as an amateur free agent.

Signed Ron Taylor as an amateur free agent.

Signed Carl Thomas as an amateur free agent.

Signed Dave Tyriver as an amateur free agent.

Elder White sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates in an unknown transaction.

March 1, 1956

Purchased Ted Beard from San Francisco (PCL).

March 24, 1956

Signed Sam Mele as a free agent.

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1954 / 1956 Trades and Transactions