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1959 Detroit Tigers

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1958 / 1960

76-78, Finished 4th in American League (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Bill Norman (2-15) and Jimmy Dykes (74-63)
GM: Rick Ferrell
Scored 713 runs, Allowed 732 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 75-79

Ballparks: Briggs Stadium · Attendance: 1,221,221 (4th of 8)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 106, Pitching - 105 · one-year: Batting - 110, Pitching - 110

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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 5, 1958

Purchased Pete Burnside from the San Francisco Giants.

October 13, 1958

Received Maury Wills from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a conditional deal.

November 20, 1958

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

December 1, 1958

Lou Skizas drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1958 rule 5 draft.

Wayne Terwilliger drafted by the Kansas City Athletics in the 1958 rule 5 draft.

December 2, 1958

Traded Herb Moford to the Boston Red Sox. Received Lou Berberet.

December 6, 1958

Traded Reno Bertoia, Jim Delsing and Ron Samford to the Washington Senators. Received Rocky Bridges, Neil Chrisley and Eddie Yost.

1959

Signed Pat Dobson as an amateur free agent.

Signed Paul Doyle as an amateur free agent.

Signed Purnal Goldy as an amateur free agent.

Signed Andy Kosco as an amateur free agent.

Signed Johnny Lewis as an amateur free agent.

Signed John Sullivan as an amateur free agent.

March 21, 1959

Traded Tito Francona to the Cleveland Indians. Received Larry Doby.

April 2, 1959 (Standings)

Returned Maury Wills to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a conditional deal.

April 10, 1959 (Standings)

Released Art Houtteman.

May 2, 1959 (Standings)

Traded Billy Hoeft to the Boston Red Sox. Received Ted Lepcio and Dave Sisler.

May 12, 1959 (Standings)

Released Herm Wehmeier.

May 13, 1959 (Standings)

Sold Larry Doby to the Chicago White Sox for $30,000.

May 28, 1959 (Standings)

Traded Alfred Paschal (minors) and Charlie Lau to the Milwaukee Braves. Received Earl Hersh and Joe Lonnett. Alfred Paschal (minors), Earl Hersh and Charlie Lau returned to original teams on May 28, 1959. Joe Lonnett refused to report to his new team.

June, 1959 (Standings)

Johnny Lewis sent to the St. Louis Cardinals in an unknown transaction. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

June 12, 1959 (Standings)

Signed Aubrey Gatewood as an amateur free agent.

June 13, 1959 (Standings)

Selected Bob Smith off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

June 24, 1959 (Standings)

Signed Don Bryant as an amateur free agent.

October 15, 1959 (Standings)

Traded Charlie Lau and Don Lee to the Milwaukee Braves. Received Don Kaiser, Mike Roarke and Casey Wise.

October 26, 1959

Released Gus Zernial.

November 30, 1959

Drafted Steve Bilko from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1959 rule 5 draft.

Bob Johnson drafted by the Kansas City Athletics in the 1959 rule 5 draft.

Drafted Em Lindbeck from the Milwaukee Braves in the 1959 rule 5 draft.

Bob Miller selected by the Cincinnati Redlegs in the 1959 minor league draft.

December 5, 1959

Traded Alex Cosmidis (minors), Ted Lepcio and Ken Walters to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Chico Fernandez and Ray Semproch.

1960

Signed Gates Brown as an amateur free agent.

Signed Alan Koch as an amateur free agent.

Signed Leo Marentette as an amateur free agent.

Signed Jim Northrup as an amateur free agent.

Signed Ray Oyler as an amateur free agent.

Signed Bill Roman as an amateur free agent.

Signed Willie Smith as an amateur free agent.

Signed Bob Sprout as an amateur free agent.

Signed Tom Timmermann as an amateur free agent.

Obtained Manny Montejo from Denver (American Association) as part of a minor league working agreement.

Paul Doyle sent to the New York Yankees in an unknown transaction.

Johnnie Seale received from the Chicago Cubs in an unknown transaction.

April, 1960

Sold Barney Schultz to the Chicago Cubs.

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1958 / 1960 Trades and Transactions