CHICAGO -- The souvenirs of his first win with the Indians were sitting on Manny Acta's desk in the visitor's clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday. There was the ball closer Chris Perez used to record the final out in the 5-3 victory over the White Sox, and the lineup card Acta had filled out before the game. "We have a bonus room in our house in Florida with special stuff in it," Acta said. "This will go there."
Acta joked that the mementos will mean a lot more to him if he wins 1,000 games in his tenure with the Tribe and not just 100. But Wednesday's win was special from a historical perspective, regardless of what happens from here. "I haven't done the research, but someone told me I'm the first Latin guy to manage and win in both leagues," Acta said. "So that's significant for me." A little research uncovered that Acta, who was 158-252 in two and a half years with the Nationals, was nearly accurate with that statement, but not completely. Cuban-born Cookie Rojas went 75-79 with the Angels in 1988 and 1-0 in one game as an interim manager with the Marlins in 2006.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.