Friday, June 24, 2016

Joe Schaffernoth and Dave Tyriver, Conditionally

Joe Schaffernoth was a pitcher in the majors with the Cubs and Cleveland between 1959 to 1961. His Baseball-Reference page lists a couple of transactions for him:

The first two are easily confirmed. But the last one didn't explain why Schaffernoth returned in 1962 to the Cleveland farm system, specifically their Jacksonville AAA team, to finish his career.

I found that last deal in this article from the October 15, 1961 Reading Eagle:

“The Cleveland Indians announced today that pitchers Joe Schaffernoth and Dave Tyriver have been sent to the Washington Senators on a conditional basis.”

The bolding was done by an "AHA" moment. The sale was conditional, and BOTH Schaffernoth and Tyriver were returned to the Cleveland club by the start of the next season. So we can add that to the deal. 

On Tyriver's Baseball-Reference page, the return is mentioned, but not as a part of the same deal. Tyriver would make a couple of appearances for Cleveland in 1962.

Schaffernoth would play just two more years, both in the minors for Jacksonville. He was involved in one more transaction, though! From the April 7, 1964 Dayton Morning Journal:

“The (Toronto) Leafs management announced today the purchase of pitcher Joe Schaffernoth from the Cleveland Indian’s (sic) organization. Schaffernoth, then with the Jacksonville Suns, was the International League’s most valuable player in 1962.”

Schaffernoth never played for Toronto, which was an affiliate of both Milwaukee and Washington that season.

Schaffernoth from Twitter, Tyriver from eBay.

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