On This Day In Baseball History: April 12th

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1960 The Detroit Tigers acquire first baseman Norm Cash from the Cleveland Indians for Steve Demeter. The following year Cash will have one of the best seasons ever by a first baseman hitting 41 homers, while carrying a .487 OBP, 1.148.OPS and 194 wRC+. Cash will spend the remaining 15 years of his career in Detroit compiling 373 homers with a .374 OBP in just over 2000 games. Demeter will be out of baseball by 1961.
1922 For the first time since 1900, there are no player managers in the National League. The American will continue to have player managers through the remainder of the decade.
1916 In exchange for Sad Sam Jones, a minor leaguer, and $55,000 cash, the Red Sox trade Tris Speaker to the Indians. During his first year in Cleveland Speaker will lead the AL in hits, doubles, batting average, OBP, slugging, and OPS. During his 11-year reign in Cleveland he will bat .354 with a .444 OBP and a .965 OPS. Meanwhile Jones will start 127 games for Boston with a 3.39 ERA and a 64-59 record.
1906 Boston Beaneaters center fielders Johnny Bates becomes the first modern player to hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat.