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Hemus Hired as Indians’ Third Base Coach

Apr. 4, 1964 - The Cleveland Indians today signed former Cardinals manager Solly Hemus, 40 years old, as a third base coach. He will join the team opening day, April 14, in Cleveland.

The hiring of Hemus became necessary when coach George Strickland, the regular Cleveland third base coach, had to take over the manager’s post. A team spokesman said Strickland would be acting manager until ailing manager Birdie Tebbetts (pictured last year) recovers from a heart attack.

Tebbetts was reported in satisfactory condition today at St. Mary’s Hospital, where he is under treatment following the attack suffered shortly before midnight Wednesday. Doctors said Tebbetts would need at least two months to recover.

Hemus, who was released yesterday from a hospital in Houston, Tex., where he underwent gall bladder surgery, was an infielder with the Cardinals and the Phillies before managing the Cards. St. Louis finished seventh under Hemus in 1959 and third the next year. He was replaced July 6, 1961, by Johnny Keane and was a coach for the Mets in 1962 and 1963.

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