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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 19, 2018

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 71 – Johnny Hodapp

January 17, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 71 days

The link between the Cleveland Indians organization and uniform numbers is a strong one, dating all the way back to June 26, 1916. At that time, they became the first Major League team to put numbers on their uniforms when they placed numbers on the left sleeves of the jerseys for a few weeks of that season and the season that followed. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 17, 1915

January 17, 2018 |

The American League club formerly known as the Cleveland Naps will now be referred to as the Cleveland Indians, as team president Charles Somers announces the name selected by the local Cleveland baseball writers. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 72 – Jason Giambi

January 16, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 72 days

The origins of the number 72 in Cleveland Indians history are unique, not in how it was worn on the field by its lone wearer, Jason Giambi, but in the circumstances that led to Giambi switching to the number late in the 2014 season. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 16, 1966

January 16, 2018 |

Jack McDowell is born in Van Nuys, California. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 73 – Ricardo Rincon

January 15, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 73

Baseball fans who did not grow up watching the Cleveland Indians with a vested interest at the end of the 1990’s and the beginning of the 2000’s may only know Ricardo Rincon‘s name as the player heavily sought after by Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in the dramatized 2011 Hollywood hit, Moneyball.

While Beane did get his man from the Indians for minor leaguer Marshall McDougall at the trade deadline in 2002, it was an earlier trade involving the lefty specialist that left a far more lasting impact on the game of baseball, especially in the city of Cleveland. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 15, 1891

January 15, 2018 |

The tragically short life of Ray Chapman begins in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 14, 1937

January 14, 2018 |

Sonny Siebert is born in St. Marys, Missouri. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 75 – Mike Walker

January 13, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 75 days

In the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, the Cleveland Indians made an interesting habit of breaking in some numbers seldom-used throughout the history of baseball on the backs of some of their young call-ups late in the season.

As was the case with catcher Tom Magrann, who broke the number 76 in during the final month of the 1989 season, pitcher Mike Walker did similar the previous season for the Indians, becoming the first player to wear 75 on the diamond in a Major League game, at least according to the information available today. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 13, 1986

January 13, 2018 |

Mike Garcia, part of the Cleveland Indians’ “Big Three” pitching staff during the 1950s, passes away at the age of 62. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 76 – Tom Magrann

January 12, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 76 days

On September 7, 1989, the number 76 was worn on a Major League Baseball diamond by a player in an official game for what appears to be the first time.

The man who earned the honor, 25-year-old Cleveland Indians catcher Tom Magrann, fouled out to first on the first career MLB pitch that he saw in the batter’s box after taking over behind the plate for catcher Andy Allanson during the previous half inning. The Indians, down 11-3 at the time, would lose by a 12-4 final to the Toronto Blue Jays. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 12, 1972

January 12, 2018 |

With the 21st pick in the January Secondary draft, the Cleveland Indians select Duane Kuiper. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 77 – Jack Armstrong

January 11, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 77 days

When pitcher Jack Armstrong asked the Indians to wear the number seven for his first season in Cleveland in 1992, he found out that it had already been taken by another new member of the organization, similarly acquired via trade in the offseason.

That player was Kenny Lofton, who would become another one of the legends to wear that digit in Indians history, joining Charlie JamiesonHal Trosky, and Al Rosen, to name a few.

Armstrong decided to try something new, which was a theme to his journey to Cleveland with his first new franchise of his career after being drafted and developed into an All-Star across the state in Cincinnati. Since he couldn’t have seven, he opted for the number twice and became the first and only Indians player to wear the number 77 in an official Major League game. Read More