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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | March 29, 2020

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No-pening Day

March 26, 2020 |

What kind of cosmic cruelty is this nonsense?

Two weeks after baseball and the sporting world came to a crashing halt due to concerns centering around the spread of the coronavirus, Major League Baseball’s annual holiday is just an afterthought in most people’s minds. While the game in Cleveland had not generated the usual celebratory hype (most notably seen in the lackluster ticket sales and the lack of a rapid sellout for the best-attended game of every season) for a variety of reasons – underwhelming offseason, boring matchup against an abysmal Detroit Tigers team, and the likelihood for inclement weather at Progressive Field in late March, to name a few – Opening Day still marks a turning of the tides and the hopes of summer and fair weather not too far off on the horizon.

Of course, the forecast for 1:00 PM on Thursday afternoon is 59 degrees with a roughly 15% chance of rain throughout the afternoon and a reasonable 10-15 MPH wind that would not feel like it was cutting to the bone as in previous chillier Opening Days on the Cleveland lakefront. Read More

Bobblehead Hall to Sell Tribe Hot Dog Dolls

March 26, 2020 | 1

Well, we don’t have Opening Day today. Which is a shame, because it looks lovely out. (OF COURSE a global pandemic would force the cancellation of baseball games for what could have been the nicest opener in years as well as the earliest.)

But at least we have some bobbleheads. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, in partnership with FOCO, has unveiled limited edition bobbleheads of Ketchup, Mustard and Onion. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 26, 1962

March 26, 2020 |

Corner infielder and designated hitter Kevin Seitzer is born in Springfield, Illinois. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 25, 1997

March 25, 2020 |

With his free agency pending following the season, the Cleveland Indians send star outfielder Kenny Lofton and reliever Alan Embree to the Atlanta Braves for outfielders David Justice and Marquis Grissom. Read More

Unsolved Mysteries: Was Terry Francona Really in “Major League”?

March 24, 2020 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night continues its excavation project by digging through the archives for some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011. Movies are the theme for this week as many Ohioans acclimate to life on lock down. Continue to practice social distancing and wash those hands for at least 20 seconds. – BT

Today’s find comes from former DTTWLN writer and ten-time published author Jonathan Knight, dating back to July 24, 2015.

Picture Robert Stack in a dark overcoat meandering toward camera through a foggy alley. Over the opening chords of that tinkly theme song he speaks the following words in a low, gravelly voice that makes you think he’s passing along state secrets:

It’s a typical Tuesday night, and everybody’s settling in to watch the Indians’ latest textbook example of how not to score runs.

Just after the game begins (and the Indians strand their first runner in scoring position), venerable reporter Jordan Bastian posts an intriguing little story. To coincide with that evening’s much-anticipated Major League Night” at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Bastian chatted with Tribe manager Terry Francona about an enigmatic comment he made before the game.

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Today in Tribe History: March 24, 1973

March 24, 2020 |

The Cleveland Indians send two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winning catcher Ray Fosse to the Oakland Athletics with utility infielder Jack Heidemann for catcher Dave Duncan and outfielder George Hendrick. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 23, 1993

March 23, 2020 |

A tragic boating accident that hours earlier claimed the life of young Indians reliever Steve Olin took a second casualty, as reliever Tim Crews succumbed to his injuries sustained when his bass boat struck a dock on Little Lake Nellie on an off day for the club during their spring training work at Winter Haven, Florida. Crews was 31 years old. Read More

Former Indians Player Ted Cox Dies

March 22, 2020 |

Ted Cox occupies an interesting place in baseball history.

He’s a footnote in the record books, but to Cleveland fans, he’s probably best known for being part of one of the many deals in the 1970s that led Indians fans to smack their foreheads and go, “WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?” Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 22, 1972

March 22, 2020 |

The purchase of the Cleveland Indians from Vernon Stouffer by a group headed by 40-year-old attorney Nick Mileti is approved by the American League. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 21, 1959

March 21, 2020 |

Cleveland and Detroit swap outfielders, as Indians general manager Frank Lane sends future Hall of Famer Larry Doby to the Tigers for Tito Francona. Read More