The Yankees trade Joe Gordon, a future Hall of Fame second baseman who will leave the Bronx after playing in precisely 1,000 games and collecting exactly 1,000 hits, to the Indians for Allie Reynolds, who is called Superchief by his teammates due to his Creek heritage. The trade works well for both teams when Cleveland’s newest infielder plays a major role in the Tribe’s World Championship next season, with the Yankeess’ recently arrived right-hander compiling an amazing 131-60 (.686) record during his eight years with the team.
At Cleveland’s League Park, Marty Kavanaugh hits the first-ever pinch-hit grand slam in baseball history. The infielder’s historic homer proves to be the difference as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 5-3.
In his first start as a member of the Indians since being traded from the Red Sox, right-hander Ray Caldwell is knocked unconscious after being struck by lightning with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The 31-year-old free-wheeling spitballer, who was was unconscious for about five minutes, refuses to leave the game, needing just one more out for the complete-game victory, and goes on to record the final out for the 2-1 victory over Philadelphia at Cleveland’s League Park.