Cyril Charles Slapnicka (March 23, 1886 – October 20, 1979) was a Major League Baseball pitcher and executive. He played for the Chicago Cubs (1911) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1918). His playing career was unusual in that he went almost seven years between major league appearances. He also played 18 years of minor league ball.
His more significant contributions to baseball came when his playing career was over. He was the General Manager of the Cleveland Indians from 1935 to 1940, and then a major league scout for the Indians until he retired in 1961. He signed 31 major league players, including Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Bob Lemon. He resigned as Indians Vice President in September 1941.
Slapnicka died in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the age of 93.
|Born: March 23, 1886|
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
|Died: October 20, 1979 (aged 93)|
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
|September 26, 1911, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 8, 1918, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||4.30|
The 1911 Chicago Cubs season was the 40th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 36th in the National League and the 19th at West Side Park. The Cubs finished second in the National League with a record of 92–62.1918 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 1918 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 37th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 32nd in the National League. The Pirates finished fourth in the league standings with a record of 65–60.1923 St. Louis Cardinals season
The 1923 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 42nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 32nd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 79–74 during the season and finished 5th in the National League.1935 Cleveland Indians season
The 1935 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in 3rd place, 12 games behind league champion Detroit.1936 Cleveland Indians season
The 1936 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the American League with a record of 80–74, 22½ games behind the New York Yankees.1937 Cleveland Indians season
The 1937 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the American League with a record of 83–71, 19 games behind the New York Yankees.1938 Cleveland Indians season
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The 1940 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American major league baseball. The team finished second in the American League with a record of 89–65, one game behind the Detroit Tigers. Had the Indians finished ahead of the Tigers, The Indians would have played their cross state National League rivals, the National League Champion Cincinnati Reds, in the World Series. The World Series would have been the only all Ohio World series. The season is infamous for ten Indian players confronting owner Alva Bradley and demanding the removal of manager Ossie Vitt, saying the man's behavior was harming the team. When the news broke, the public sided with Vitt and the Indians were dismissed as "crybabies." The movement has since been named the "Crybaby Mutiny."Chicago Cubs all-time roster
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(Their 1870–1871 players are in Category:Chicago White Stockings players among many others to about 1890.)
Bold identifies members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Italics identify players with uniform numbers retired by the team.Cleveland Indians award winners and league leaders
This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Cleveland Indians professional baseball team.Hannibal Cannibals
The Hannibal Cannibals was the original nickname of the minor league baseball team that played in Hannibal, Missouri. Hannibal minor league teams played in various leagues under numerous names between 1908-1955. Hannibal is the hometown of author Mark Twain, also known as Samuel Clemens, the namesake of the Hannibal baseball park: Clemens Field.Joplin Miners
The Joplin Miners were a minor league baseball team in Joplin, Missouri that played for 49 seasons between 1902 and 1954. Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Herzog played for Joplin. Professional baseball returned to Joplin and Joe Becker Stadium when the Joplin Blasters began play in 2015.Lou Boudreau
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Boudreau was an All-Star for seven seasons. In 1948, Boudreau won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. He won the 1944 American League (AL) batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the MLB record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.
In 1970, Boudreau was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a player.Luke Sewell
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Players in Bold are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Players in Italics have had their numbers retired by the team.Vern Freiburger
Vern Donald Freiburger (December 19, 1923 – February 27, 1990) was an American Major League Baseball first baseman who started two games for the Cleveland Indians near the end of the 1941 season (September 6 and September 15). At 17 years of age, he was the youngest player to appear in an American League game that season.
Freiburger's amateur baseball career began at the age of 12, when he played for the Class A amateur group of the Detroit Firemen's League; he played American Legion Baseball during this time as well. While playing sandlot ball for them, Freiburger was discovered by Indians scout Cy Slapnicka, and was signed to a contract with an invitation to spring training in 1941 at the age of 17. At the time, Freiburger was a student at Detroit Eastern High School with a year left until graduation, which he put on hold to pursue a professional baseball career. After spring training ended in 1941, he was sent to the Flint Arrows to gain some professional baseball experience. During his time with the Arrows, the team faced the Indians in an exhibition game which they won, 3-2. In the game, Freiburger had two runs batted in to give the team the win.By the end of the minor league season, Arrows manager Buzz Wetzel considered Freiburger to be nearly major-league ready, and found him to be one of the best hitters in the minor leagues that season. Freiburger made his major league debut a couple weeks later on September 8 in a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. His second and final appearance in a game was against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. In his two games he was 1-for-8 (.125) with one run batted in, and in 84 minor league games he had a batting average of .318.Freiburger re-signed with the Indians organization in 1942 and joined the major league team for spring training in part due to the folding of the Michigan State League. In late March, before spring training had concluded, Freiburger was sent to the Cedar Rapids Raiders of the Three-I League, where he spent the 1942 season. In 115 games, he had a batting average of .301 and 23 doubles. The following season, the Indians had intended to make Freiburger part of the major league roster due to Hal Trosky's retirement making a hole at the first base position. Instead, he was called to serve in World War II, and he spent the next three years with the United States Navy.Upon returning from military service, Freiburger spent the 1946 season with the Charleston Rebels and the Wilkes-Barre Barons, where he played 69 total games. The following year, he played in 90 total games for the Concord Weavers and Rock Hill Chiefs. He spent the 1948 season and part of the 1949 season with the Suffolk Goobers of the Virginia League. His longest tenure with one team was the Emporia Nationals of the Virginia League, who he played for from 1949 to 1951. He ended his professional baseball career in 1951 with the Palatka Azaleas.Freiburger died at the age of 66 in Palm Springs, California. He was buried in the Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach, California.
Members of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame