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The Top 20 Moments in Jacobs Field History: Wow

The Top 20 Moments in Jacobs Field History: Wow

| On 17, May 2014

The 2014 season will mark 20 years of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the majors). Did the Tribe Win Last Night has compiled a list of the 20 most memorable moments in the field’s history. We’ll count them down for 20 consecutive Saturdays.

13. “Wow!” July 16, 1995

Dennis Eckersley’s major league career started as a starting pitcher for the Indians, and in 1977, he threw a no-hitter for the Tribe against the Angels. But he ended up getting dealt to the Red Sox because of, uh, let’s say clubhouse issues.

Eck eventually landed with the Athletics, and under the tutelage of manager Tony LaRussa and pitching coach Dave Duncan, became one of the dominant closers of the era.

So a one-run lead in extras in Cleveland shouldn’t be a problem, right? Well, on a sweltering Sunday afternoon, it was.

Eckersley took the mound in the bottom of the 12th with a 4-3 lead. Carlos Baerga singled for the Indians, but Albert Belle and Jim Thome both flied out. It looked like the A’s might get away with a win. Indians manager put Kenny Lofton in to pinch-run for Baerga, never the swiftest player for the Tribe, and up stepped Manny Ramirez.

Ramirez was signed by the Indians in 1991 out of George Washington High School in New York City. Two years later, he was in the majors. He had demonstrated himself as a hitting savant, with a sweet swing for average and for power. His fielding and running? Well, he was a great hitter.

Lofton stole second as Eckersley and the A’s focused on the batter. With a 2-2 count, Eck tried to blow a fastball past Manny. His mistake. The pitch ended up in the bleachers. It was Manny’s 21st home run of the year, and the Indians had won their 50th game.

All Eckersley could do – and they still show this on SportsTime Ohio when they roll the credits of Indians games – is say “Wow.”


  1. Bric

    We are never going to know if the spike in attendance in the early days of Jacobs was due to the new stadium or the great team.
    I remember watching a game with Richie (Dick) Allen playing for the White Sox (at Municipal Stadium) in which there were only two hundred people at the game although official attendance was much higher.
    I sat in about five different seats in all parts of the stadium.
    This year, if the Indians finally get some luck with injuries, and contend, will the stadium see 10-15,000 more fans per game?
    If so, then the free agents (+ a new starter) will be a bargain well justified by enhanced revenue.

  2. Dan

    The video of that homer is available here…including Eckersley’s “Wow”:

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