Thursday, October 1, 2015

Roy Foster and Marcelino Lopez Cruise to Hawaii and Mexico; Plus, Mike Jackson!

Sometimes jut randomly looking up a player can come up with a blog topic.

I was looking into the stats of former Indians outfielder Roy Foster, who had just a couple big league seasons, but they were productive ones. I had noticed on his Baseball Reference page that he had an unexplained trip to Hawaii in 1973.

I found this from the Eugene Register-Guard for June 11, an article describing Hawaii's player shortage in the midst of a roster upheaval:

"....the Islanders are low in personnel. Two more players, pitcher Marcelino Lopez and outfielder Roy Foster, will soon arrive from Oklahoma City, however."

Both Lopez and Foster were in AAA Oklahoma City as Indians property. Apparently this was a loan rather than a trade, because this shows up in the Panama City News-Herald of Dec. 6, 1973:

"Cleveland Indians Wednesday sent lefthander Mike Jackson to the Milwaukee Brewers for righthander Lloyd Gladden in a trade of minor league players. Jackson, 27. was 4-5 at Oklahoma City last year and was sent to Evansville of the American Association. Gladden, 27. was 7-7 at Evansville last season and was assigned to San Antonio of the Texas League. The Indians also sold the contracts of two Oklahoma City players, lefthander Marcelino Lopez and outfielder Roy Foster, to Vera Cruz in the Mexican League. Lopez, 30, was 0-4 and Foster, 28, hit .266 last year."

Foster and Lopez were still Indians property after the 1973 season, obviously, and they were both sold to and played for Veracruz in 1974. Lopez came back to the Pirates organization in 1974, and I will try to look that up.

BTW, the Jackson-Gladden trade isn't mentioned on Jackson's Baseball Reference page, and Gladden never made the majors.


Foster and Lopez pics from Jackson taken from

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