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Detroit Free Press

It has happened once in baseball history. And it was bizarre to say the least.

For his 58th birthday, on Aug. 3, 1960, and in his only year as Detroit Tigers president and general manager, Bill DeWitt pulled off his fourth trade of the season with Indians general manager Frank Lane when Detroit sent manager Jimmie Dykes to Cleveland for manager Joe Gordon, who previously served as a Tigers scout and coach. As a technicality, the managers were dismissed by their respective clubs and then signed with the new club.

According to Free Press writer Hal Middlesworth, the idea was hatched by DeWitt when he told Lane a few weeks before, “Why don’t we make a really big deal and trade managers?”

[ Frank Tanana still remembers what Willie Horton said during bench-clearing confrontation ]

The sixth-place Tigers had lost 12 of their last 15 games, nine by one run, and the fourth-place Indians had lost 18 of their last 25. The move was made to shake up both…