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May 18, 1948
A strong pitching performance from southpaw Gene Bearden and a six run outburst in the first two innings gave the Cleveland Indians a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics on Tuesday night.
Bearden (2-0) held Philadelphia in check throughout the game in the first night game of the season at Cleveland Stadium. He easily outdueled fellow Purple Heart recipient Lou Brissie of the Athletics. Both men left their military obligations behind with the fear that severe injuries to their legs would prohibit them from ever playing professional baseball again.
Both have defied the odds.
May 18, 1948
An unlikely pitching matchup between two rookies is set to take place on Tuesday evening in the first night game of the season at Cleveland Stadium.
What makes the matchup so unusual is that neither of the ballplayers set to take the mound should be playing professionally, let alone be standing center stage. Both of these young men very well could have died from their experiences during World War II.
Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) of Burning River Baseball is joined early by Britt Zank (@zank17) of More Than A Fan for some World Series talk then later on by regular guests Bob Toth (@TheBobToth) of Did The Tribe Win Last Night? …
Every team has its unsung heroes, unheralded contributors whose work goes unnoticed in the background.
Right-hander Ryan Webb filled that role in the Cleveland Indians bullpen in 2015. Now, like many others around the league, he is out of a job after joining Mike Aviles and Gavin Floyd from the Indians in filing for free agency on Monday.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Jim Bagby joins the Pittsburgh Pirates through waivers.
Bagby was an instrumental member of the Indians’ championship team of 1920. After leading the league with 31 wins, 48 games pitched, 30 complete games, and 339 2/3 innings …
Every now and then, there are reminders in life that professional sports are just a game. They may be a source of entertainment for some and a source of employment for others, but in the end, there are things much more important.
Mike Aviles and the Cleveland Indians received that reminder this season as the Tribe’s super-utility man had his focus diverted throughout the season to the support of his four-year-old daughter Adriana and her battle with leukemia.
Cleveland Indians fan favorite infielder Carlos Baerga is born.
Baerga was signed by the San Diego Padres in 1985 and remained with the club in the minors until he was dealt in 1989 with Sandy Alomar and Chris James to the Indians for outfielder Joe Carter. He made his debut as a utility infielder for the team in 1990 as a 21-year-old, hitting .260.
While Major League Baseball is in day number two of its official offseason, the Cleveland Indians have been hard at work already (presumably) at finding ways to build a winner for 2016 and beyond.
Many questions are already answered with the return of a strong nucleus and a pitching staff that met expectations for the 2015 season. Some of the questions about how the organization surrounds those returning cast members are up in the air and one of the first questions to address will be the status of Ryan Raburn.
Hall of Fame pitcher and World War II veteran Bob Feller is born in Van Meter, Iowa.
Feller joined the Cleveland Indians as a 17-year-old after a successful high school pitching career. He debuted with the club in 1936, making six relief appearances before striking out 15 batters in a complete game win in his first professional start. He broke the American League record less than one month later by striking out 17 Philadelphia Athletics hitters.
Sunday marked the final game of the 2015 Major League Baseball season as the Kansas City Royals used a remarkable ninth inning rally and an extra inning onslaught to spoil any hopes that baseball would go the full distance. Fans of the game will now prepare for the grueling offseason and colder weather to come.
2015 – rest in peace.
Meanwhile, at Did The Tribe Win Last Night, the show must go on.
Asdrubal Cabrera is once again rewarded for his breakout season at the plate as he is named the winner of the Silver Slugger Award in the American League at shortstop. It is the first and only time in his career he has received the honor.