Today In Tribe History: September 30, 1995
By Vince Guerrieri
The Indians had already clinched the division. Their playoff odyssey would begin soon. But on Sept. 30, 1995 – 16 years ago today – Albert Belle set a team record and reached a mark that hadn’t ever been hit.
Belle homered in the bottom of the sixth inning of a game against the Royals, hitting a solo shot to left field off Melvin Bunch. The home run was his 50th of the year, making him the first player in major league history to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season. He had also smashed the team record of 43 home runs, set by Al Rosen in 1954, the last season the Indians had reached the World Series – until 1995.
Belle’s team record would stand until 2002, when Jim Thome hit 52 home runs, the mark that still stands.