Saturday, June 13, 2009

Woodie Held

Woodie Held in 1962.

Woodie Held, a veteran ballplayer who was acquired by the Cleveland Indians as part of a trade for the future home run king Roger Maris, died Thursday in Dubois, Wyo. He was 77.

Held played for seven American League teams in a 14-year career. He spent a majority of his career with Cleveland after being acquired on June 15, 1958, from the Kansas City Athletics in a multiplayer trade for Maris. A year later, Maris was sent in another big trade to the Yankees — the team that originally signed Held and brought him to the major leagues in the early 1950s.

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