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    Nov 12, 1940 - Alva Bradley wouldn't fire Ossie Vitt on his players' demand during the season‚ but he does now. Today he hires Roger Peckinpaugh to become the Cleveland Indians boss‚ the 2nd hitch for Peck.

    Jun 12, 1940 - The first place Red Sox club veteran Indians' P Mel Harder for a 9-5 win‚ handing the Tribe their 8 loss in 13 games. Cleveland's Ossie Vitt‚ in lifting Harder‚ snarls‚ "It's about time you won one‚ the money you're making." The criticism‚ plus the same type of remarks made earlier about Feller‚ will prompt Harder to request a meeting with Cleveland owner Alva Bradley tomorrow morning in Cleveland.

    Oct 20, 1937 - Ossie Vitt‚ the highly successful manager of the Newark Bears (IL)‚ becomes the new manager of the Cleveland Indians‚ replacing Steve O'Neil.

    Jan 17, 1919 - Washington sends C Eddie Ainsmith and P George Dumont to the Red Sox for 2B Hal Janvrin and cash. The Red Sox then pack Ainsmith‚ P Slim Love (acquired a month earlier in the Ernie Shore trade with the Yankees)‚ and Chick Shorten off to Detroit for infielder Ossie Vitt‚ who had been crowded out by Bobby Jones. Ainsmith will be stay just a short time in the Motor City before the Tigers waive him the Cardinals‚ who in turn will waive the hard-drinking backstop to Brooklyn in 1923.

    Apr 18, 1918 - With two Tigers on base in the 9th (Ossie Vitt on 2B‚ Babe Ellison on 1B)‚ Cleveland CF Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play to seal the Indians win‚ 6-2. He traps a fly ball in the 9th and runs in to tag out Vitt who had hesitated‚ and then steps on 2B forcing Ellison. On April 29th‚ he will make another unassisted DP against Chicago‚ his 6th unassisted DP‚ a career record for outfielders. Stan Coveleski is the Indian winner today.

    Jul 30, 1917 - The Tigers Ty CobbBobby Veach‚ and Ossie Vitt follow each other in the lineup‚ each going 5-for-5 in a 16-4 win over Washington. Having three players collect five hits ties the ML record for the century. Cobb also scores 5 runs for the first time Detroit's outfield has 12 hits to tie the AL record.

    Oct 1, 1916 - In a 6-3 win over Detroit‚ the Browns steal 8 bases to total 234 steals‚ an AL record until the Oakland A's swipe 341‚ in 1976. Detroit adds 7 steals of its own for a combined 15 steals‚ tying the AL record for 2 clubs that New York set by themselves on Sept 28‚ 1911. In his 153rd game‚ Tiger 3B Ossie Vitt raises his season total chances to 615‚ a mark that will stand for 21 years.

    Aug 22, 1915 - In the 2nd inning of game one of a doubleheader versus Detroit‚ the crowd sees the Senators score a run with no times at bat‚ the only time its ever happened. Chick Gandil and Merito Acosta walk; Buff Williams sacrifices‚ and George McBride hits a sacrifice fly‚ scoring Gandil‚ and the Tigers catch Acosta off 2B when OF Bobby Veach throws to Ossie Vitt. Washington's Walter Johnson goes on to win‚ 8-1‚ and snap the Tigers' 9-game win streak.

    Aug 10, 1915 - In Washington‚ Detroit 3B Ossie Vitt is hit by a Walter Johnson fastball and‚ after being knocked out for 5 minutes‚ leaves the game with a concussion. A rattled Johnson then allows 4 runs in the first inning‚ two runs on a 2-run homer by George Burns‚ and another 4 through the 6th inning to lose (he will be 17-2 at home this year). Ty Cobb‚ observing Johnson's fear of hitting a batter‚ will begin crowd the plate on the Washington ace from here on. Cobb will average .435 for the rest of his career against Walter‚ after topping .222 only once in the previous 8 years.

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