In 1959 the White Sox traded away two young prospects, John Romano and Norm Cash, for an aging but very popular Minnie Minoso. While Minoso still had some good baseball seasons in him, this was a home run of a trade for the Indians. Or it could have been.
Romano would stick with the Indians until 1964, putting up some great numbers and go down as one of the better offensive catchers in the teams history. But the GM of the tribe at the time, Frank Lane, traded Norm Cash away in 1960 for Steve Demeter. Demeter would go on to have 5 AB with the Indians and disappear forever. Norm Cash would go on to hit 377 HR for the Tigers over the next 15 years.
And just when you thought it could not get worse: when the Indians decided to trade away Romano, they did it to acquire an aging Rocky Colavito. The package to get the Rock included Romano, Tommy Agee (future ROY and fine player), Tommy John (another good prospect and great player).
Those trades alone set the Indians back 10 years, at least. Terrible.
|162 Game Avg.||495||23||75||74||87||.255||.354||.797||122|
|CLE (5 yrs)||1891||91||294||260||306||.263||.355||.816||123|