Former Tribe shortstop Held passes at 77

Former Indian Held passes at 77

CLEVELAND -- Woodie Held, who, until recently, held the Indians' all-time record for home runs by a shortstop, passed away Thursday morning in Dubois, Wyo., after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.

Held played for seven teams over a 14-year career in the Majors, but he'll best be remembered for the seven seasons he spent with the Indians from 1958-64. Though he eventually moved to the outfield, his most prominent position was shortstop. His 85 homers as a shortstop were a club record until Jhonny Peralta broke the mark earlier this season.

In seven seasons with the Tribe, Held batted .249 with 105 doubles, 16 triples, 130 homers and 401 RBIs in 855 games. He also played for the Royals, Angels, Yankees, Orioles, White Sox and Washington Senators.

In 2001, Held was named to the "Top 100 Greatest Indians Roster," as part of the club's 100th anniversary celebration.

Held remained involved with the organization in his later years, participating in the club's annual Fantasy Camp.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.