Two New Statues Announced as Part of Indians’ 2017 Promotional Schedule
Bob Toth | On 24, Jan 2017
Excitement for the upcoming 2017 Major League Baseball season is already building as the Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday morning their promotional calendar for the year.
In addition to the usual array of giveaway jerseys, bobbleheads, and wearables and the various dollar dog and fireworks nights, the team also announced that two of the club’s all-time greats – Lou Boudreau and Frank Robinson – will be honored this season with statues outside of the right field gate.
Robinson’s statue will be revealed on May 27. He joined the club in 1974 when he was traded by the California Angels to Cleveland. He became the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball history the following season when he became player-manager of the club. His 21-year playing career, which featured stops with the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, the Angels, and the Indians, included the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1956, the 1961 National League MVP award, the 1966 American League and World Series MVP awards, and trips to the All-Star Game in 12 different seasons. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1982 with 89.2% of the vote.
The statue of Boudreau will join that of Robinson, Bob Feller, Jim Thome, and Larry Doby on August 5. Boudreau broke into the Majors with Cleveland in 1938 and by 1940 was a regular in the lineup and on the AL All-Star team. During his 13 seasons in Cleveland, the shortstop made seven trips to the Midsummer Classic, with his last coming during his AL MVP season in 1948. Like Robinson, he was the player-manager of the Indians for the bulk of his time in Cleveland, posting a 728-649 record over nine seasons at the helm while leading the Tribe to its last championship during his memorable 1948 season. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1970 and passed away in 2001.
For both events, replica statues will be given out prior to the respective games.
For bobblehead fans out there, four new ones can be added to the collection this season. The promotion giveaways will feature Jose Ramirez (May 27), Francisco Lindor (July 4), Jason Kipnis (July 22), and Terry Francona (August 23).
Five promotional jerseys will be given out throughout the season, starting in June. Carlos Santana (midnight navy on June 10), Cody Allen (home white on June 24), Andrew Miller (midnight navy on July 8), and Edwin Encarnacion (home white on August 26) will be the players featured this season. In addition, the team will give away 1977 replica jerseys on September 9.
Other fun collectibles to be given this coming season include a magnet schedule/car magnet, CLE Clothing Co. t-shirt, an AL Championship replica trophy, wayfarer sunglasses, a tote bag, a “Block C” skyline cap, baseball stirrup socks, a mason jar mug, and a rally scarf.
Pregame in the District will return 17 times in 2017. The Right Field District event features $2 12-ounce domestic beers two hours prior to the game. Sugardale Dollar Dog nights will be back on the slate for eleven contests this year, as will ten KeyBank Kids Fun Days and 16 fireworks nights (including the annual Rock ‘n’ Blast special on July 21 and 22).
Tickets for individual games will go on sale to the public beginning Monday, March 6. For more details on all of today’s announcements, go to Indians.com.
Photo: Baseball Hall of Fame (Robinson)/Transcendental Graphics (Boudreau)