Two important dates are quickly approaching – Easter Sunday and Opening Day!
Both of these days will always be remembered in Tribe history. On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960 – the day before Opening Day – Frank “Trader” Lane made the most hated trade in Cleveland Indians franchise history. Rocky Colavito, the 1959 A.L. home-run champ (42) was traded for Harvey Kuenn, the ’59 batting champion (.353).
To further infuriate Tribe fans Lane justified the deal by saying “I traded hamburger for steak”. It turned out to be the worst trade in franchise history. In just two seasons, Lane had virtually dismantled the talent laden 40-man roster he inherited. He was fired in 1961.
During the final exhibition game in 1960, Colavito, who homered in his first at bat, was notified by manager Joe Gordon that he had been traded to Detroit. Also during the ’60 season, in a strange twist, Lane traded managers by sending Gordon to Detroit for Tigers skipper Jimmy Dykes.
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