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1959 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1958 / 1960

89-65, Finished 2nd in American League (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Joe Gordon (89-65)
GM: Frank Lane
Scored 745 runs, Allowed 646 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 87-67

Ballparks: Cleveland Stadium · Attendance: 1,497,976 (2nd of 8)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 97, Pitching - 96 · one-year: Batting - 97, Pitching - 96

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1958 / 1960 Trades and Transactions

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

October 13, 1958

Traded Dave Pope and Larry Raines to Toronto (International). Received Bobby Tiefenauer.

October 27, 1958

Traded Jay Porter to the Washington Senators. Received Ossie Alvarez.

November 20, 1958

Traded Ossie Alvarez, Don Mossi and Ray Narleski to the Detroit Tigers. Received Al Cicotte and Billy Martin.

December 1, 1958

Drafted Ray Webster from Sacramento (PCL) in the 1958 rule 5 draft.

December 2, 1958

Chuck Hiller selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 1958 minor league draft.

Traded Bobby Avila to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Russ Heman and $30,000.

Traded Gary Geiger and Vic Wertz to the Boston Red Sox. Received Jim Piersall.

1959

Signed Jerry Fosnow as an amateur free agent.

Signed Gene Leek as an amateur free agent.

Signed Al Luplow as an amateur free agent.

Signed Duke Sims as an amateur free agent.

Signed Dave Vineyard as an amateur free agent.

Signed Mike White as an amateur free agent.

Released Hector Martinez.

Jack Spring sent to Dallas (American Association) in an unknown transaction.

January 13, 1959

Sold Joe Altobelli to Toronto (International).

January 23, 1959

Signed Mike Garcia as a free agent.

Traded Earl Averill and Morrie Martin to the Chicago Cubs. Received Jim Bolger and John Briggs.

February 2, 1959

Billy Harrell selected by the St. Louis Cardinals off waivers.

March 21, 1959

Traded Larry Doby to the Detroit Tigers. Received Tito Francona.

April 11, 1959 (Standings)

Traded Mickey Vernon to the Milwaukee Braves. Received Humberto Robinson.

May 4, 1959 (Standings)

Traded Randy Jackson to the Chicago Cubs. Received Bob Smith.

May 7, 1959 (Standings)

Sold Steve Ridzik to the Chicago Cubs.

May 16, 1959 (Standings)

Traded Humberto Robinson to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Granny Hamner.

May 22, 1959 (Standings)

Traded Fred Hatfield and $10,000 to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Jim Baxes.

May 25, 1959 (Standings)

Traded Hal Naragon and Hal Woodeshick to the Washington Senators. Received Ed Fitz Gerald.

June 6, 1959 (Standings)

Traded Jim Bolger and cash to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Willie Jones.

June 29, 1959 (Standings)

Purchased Elmer Valo from Seattle (PCL).

July 1, 1959 (Standings)

Sold Willie Jones to the Cincinnati Redlegs.

July 30, 1959 (Standings)

Selected Jack Harshman off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

September 9, 1959 (Standings)

Purchased Chuck Tanner from the Boston Red Sox.

October 5, 1959 (Standings)

Released Granny Hamner.

Released Elmer Valo.

October 23, 1959

Released Mike Garcia.

November 30, 1959

Drafted Mike Lee from the San Francisco Giants in the 1959 first-year draft.

Dave Vineyard selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1959 first-year draft.

December 6, 1959

Traded Dick Brown, Don Ferrarese, Minnie Minoso and Jake Striker to the Chicago White Sox. Received Norm Cash, Bubba Phillips and John Romano.

December 15, 1959

Traded Gordy Coleman, Billy Martin and Cal McLish to the Cincinnati Redlegs. Received Johnny Temple.

1960

Signed Ernie Johnson as a free agent.

Signed Paul Casanova as an amateur free agent.

Signed Gordy Lund as an amateur free agent.

Signed Tony Martinez as an amateur free agent.

Signed Sam McDowell as an amateur free agent.

Obtained Jim King from Toronto (International) as part of a minor league working agreement.

Floyd Robinson obtained by the Chicago White Sox as part of a minor league working agreement.

January 8, 1960

Traded Ray Webster to the Boston Red Sox. Received Leo Kiely.

January 20, 1960

Selected Bob Hale off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

February 15, 1960

Sold Jim Baxes to the Chicago White Sox.

March 16, 1960

Traded Russ Nixon to the Boston Red Sox. Received Jim Marshall and Sammy White. Sammy White refused to report to his new team on March 25, 1960. Trade was voided and players returned on March 25, 1960.

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1958 / 1960 Trades and Transactions