Posts By Bob Toth
1960 – Cleveland general manager Frank Lane pulls off yet another curious trade as he sends manager Joe Gordon to the Detroit Tigers for their skipper, Jimmy Dykes.
“Trader” Lane was known for his penchant for keeping clubhouses in a …
In a few short years, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has advanced from a gritty, fresh faced rookie to a leader in the Cleveland clubhouse. It has been a long climb, one considered surprising by some, in a brief period of time for the player dubbed “Dirtbag” by former Tribe skipper Manny Acta for his playing style on the diamond.
It seems that the Indians’ leadoff man has seen a little bit of everything despite being in just his fifth year in the Major Leagues.
In a clubhouse that, at the beginning of the year, featured numerous players with more experience whom therefore seemed more likely candidates to step up into a leadership role, it has been Kipnis who has had his star shine this season in an otherwise disappointing effort for a Cleveland club with so much attention on it.
1985 – The Cleveland Indians send the oft-injured and recent American League All-Star pitcher Bert Blyleven back to the team that drafted him in a five-player swap with the Minnesota Twins.
The “Frying Dutchman” spent parts of his first seven …
After a 1-6 homestand for the Cleveland Indians, are you still reading?
If so, congratulations, you are in limited company and likely some sort of an Indians diehard as some Cleveland area fans write off the season and transition their attention to the beloved Cleveland Browns as training camp starts in Berea.
Meanwhile, the Indians (46-54) stare down the final 62 games in their season, still technically within one nice winning streak of the American League Wild Card race, yet having shown nothing this season to make someone believe that they sincerely have one in them to get back into the thick of things. For those who had some hope left, those may have disintegrated away in the hot summer sun during the week as the AL’s best Kansas City Royals took two of three as the Indians continued to look lost at home. Cleveland was thumped 9-4 on Monday, only to lose a tough 2-1 game on Tuesday before coming back with a four home run game in a 12-1 victory on Wednesday to avoid a dreaded homestand sweep.
1910 – The Philadelphia Athletics complete a previous trade made with the Naps by sending outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson to Cleveland.
Jackson fulfilled the player to be named later in a trade that sent Morrie Rath to Cleveland for Bris …
2000 – The Indians and Brewers match up on a major seven-player deal and Cleveland also engages in a three-player swap with the Pirates on a busy trading day for the club.
Cleveland received pitchers Bob Wickman, Steve Woodard, and …
If this is not rock bottom, it is scary to think what could lie ahead for the Cleveland Indians with 65 more games left on the docket for the 2015 season.
A month ago, it looked as though the Indians (45-52) had reached their lowest point when they went into Baltimore and were swept by the Orioles. At the time, the three game skid, capped by a pair of shutouts to conclude the series, pushed an extended run of bad play to seven losses in a nine-game span. They then spun a five-game winning streak on the road against Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh to gain four games on the division leader, but since have played inconsistent baseball to put it in an extremely family friendly context.
2011 – Progressive Field hosts its first no-hitter ever, but unfortunately, the Indians are on the losing end as the Angels’ Ervin Santana blanks them, 3-1.
Ezequiel Carrera provided the Indians lone run in the first, reaching on an error …
In a season full of so many things gone wrong for the Cleveland Indians, Saturday afternoon marked a moment that they absolutely got right, albeit many, many years too late.
For some, the decision corrects a massive oversight made when the club opted to give all-time home run leader Thome his due in 2013 over Doby, whom many felt was far more deserving and rightfully so. For others, they are just happy to see an icon far underrepresented in the annals of Indians history given a more revered status amongst the greats to ever represent the city of Cleveland on the diamond.
The story of Doby dates back 68 years, when the innovative Bill Veeck changed the course of American League history and put Cleveland in a spotlight that far too few places were willing to go in 1947. Veeck, remembered more for his silly gimmicks than his role in the integration of baseball and the advancement for more equal rights for all, signed the young World War II veteran Doby from the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League and, when he suited up on July 5th, 1947, he became the first African-American player in the AL and just the second to break the color barrier, following in the footsteps of the far more often mentioned Jackie Robinson of the National League’s Brooklyn Dodgers.