Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The 1967 Indians
Here are all the players (who had cards) seeing action with the Cleveland Indians in 1967. The tribe had good starting pitching during the mid-to-late 1960s (with Sam McDowell at or near the top in all 3 AL pitching categories, and often accompanied by one or more of his teammates), but they always seemed to finish in 5th or 6th place (and finished 8th of 10 in 1967).
Joe Azcue was the team's regular catcher from 1963-68, and made the all-star team in 1968. Tony Horton was acquired from the Red Sox on June 4th for Gary Bell, and was the regular 1st baseman until personal issues forced him into retirement in August 1970. Topps never issued a card for him. Rookie Vern Fuller took over the 2nd base job from the Pedro Gonzalez/Gus Gil tandem on July 19th, and started most of the remaining games. Larry Brown was the regular shortstop since July 1963, and started 150 games in 1967.
Max Alvis led the team in home runs (21) and RBI (70) in '67. Leon Wagner was a major slugger from 1961-66, but he slipped to 15 homers in 1967, and continued his decline for several more seasons. Vic Davalillo was the primary center fielder, but started less than half of the games there. Chuck Hinton split his time between right and center. He was traded to the Angels after the season for Jose Cardenal.
[Tony Horton photo courtesy http://www.ootpdevelopments.com]
The bench players, in order of plate appearances:
Also appearing for the Indians in 1967 were relief pitchers Steve Bailey (32 games) and Ed Connolly (15 games).
Transactions from the end of the 1966 season to the end of 1967:
10/12/66 - Traded pitcher Floyd Weaver to the Mets for infielders Ernie Bowman and Lou Klimchock.
10/13/66 - Purchased Willie Smith from the Angels.
10/14/66 - Released catcher Del Crandall.
10/15/66 - Purchased Gus Gil from the Reds. Sold pitcher Bob Heffner to the Mets.
12/20/66 - Traded shortstop Dick Howser to the Yankees for minor-leaguer Gil Downs.
01/04/67 - Traded catcher Doc Edwards, outfielder Jim Landis and pitcher Jim Weaver to the Astros for Lee Maye and Ken Retzer.
04/25/67 - Traded Dick Radatz to the Cubs. Received a player to be named later (Bob Raudman).
05/01/67 - Sold Jack Kralick to the Mets.
05/06/67 - Purchased Orlando Pena from the Tigers.
06/04/67 - Traded Gary Bell to the Red Sox for Don Demeter and Tony Horton.
07/29/67 - Traded Rocky Colavito to the White Sox for Jim King and infielder Marv Staehle.
10/11/67 - Purchased 2nd baseman Jake Wood from the Reds.
10/17/67 - Released Jim King.
11/21/67 - Traded George Culver, Bob Raudman and Fred Whitfield to the Reds for outfielder Tommy Harper.
Lost pitcher Vicente Romo to the Dodgers (rule 5).
Drafted catcher Ken Suarez from the Athletics (rule 5).
Drafted pitcher Darrell Sutherland from the Mets.
Traded infielder Gordy Lund and John O'Donoghue to the Orioles for pitcher Eddie Fisher and 2 minor-leaguers.
11/29/67 - Traded Chuck Hinton to the Angels for outfielder Jose Cardenal.