Posts By Vince Guerrieri
Prior to the 2005 season, the Cleveland Indians signed pitcher Kevin Millwood.
At that point, fans who remembered the lack of a top-flight starter for the Tribe and how that hampered their ability to win it all in the 1990s said to themselves, “Too bad it wasn’t five years ago.”
Millwood broke in with the Braves in 1997, going 5-3 in 12 appearances. But in the next two years, he won 35 games. In 1999, he went 18-7, was named to the All-Star team and got votes for the Cy Young Award and the MVP award.
Jim Leyland is calling it a career.
He never played for or managed the Indians, but his career is intertwined with the Tribe.
Leyland grew up in Perrysburg in Northwest Ohio, a little closer to Detroit than to Cleveland, but …
No matter how you slice it, this year’s Indians represented one of the great turnarounds in team history.
The Tribe went 68-94 in 2011, finishing 20 games back of the Central Division champion Tigers, and cushioned from the basement only …
To most Indians fans, the iconic feature of Progressive Field is the distinctive “toothbrush” light stanchions surrounding the field.
To Canadian artist S. Preston, they’re inspiration for a work of art.
Preston, now living in Southern California, has done computer-designed minimalist art of all 30 stadiums. The final series was released last week, and included the light towers that were unique in the Northern Hemisphere when the ballpark opened in 1994.
April 28, 1948
The Indians will head to the South Side of Chicago undefeated, but without owner Bill Veeck.
Veeck is returning to Cleveland for further medical checkups on his leg. Veeck, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, lost his foot in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
The series with the White Sox would have marked a homecoming of sorts for Veeck, a Chicago native whose father, William Sr., was a newspaper reporter turned executive with the Cubs. The younger Veeck grew up around the game of baseball, and planted the ivy at Wrigley Field. He became the Cubs’ treasurer after his father died unexpectedly.
For the first time in 65 years, it all comes down to one game for the Indians.
In 1954, the Indians blew away the competition, cruising to 111 wins and the American League pennant. The Tribe had a virtual stranglehold on the AL Central in the 1990s, winning the division by an average of 14.5 games per year, and in 2007, the Indians won the division by eight games and lost a tiebreaker for having home field advantage throughout the American League playoffs.
But Wednesday, the Indians’ postseason fate will be decided by one game, at Progressive Field. The Tribe’s been undone by best-of-five and best-of-seven series, getting swept by the Giants in 1954 and watching series leads evaporate to the Red Sox in 1999 and 2007. But never before have they played in a winner-take-all wild card game.
Elmer Flick has taken his place in the town square.
Flick, a Bedford native and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was immortalized in a statue dedicated Wednesday in his hometown. His career ended abruptly in 1910, and he …
The 1993 season was a no-man’s land for the Indians.
Excitement was starting to build for a new baseball-only stadium that would open the following year, but the team was slogging toward the bottom of the American League East in …
Pity poor Napoleon Lajoie.
Although a brilliant player in his day, his exploits have fallen into obscurity in the century that’s passed since his playing career ended – surpassed not just by those who have come since, but even by some of his contemporaries, like Ty Cobb and fellow infielder Honus Wagner.
Eighteen years ago today, Northern Ohio was probably still shaking off a hangover – but it was for a good cause.
Because eighteen years and two days ago, the Indians had clinched their first postseason berth in more than 40 years. The 3-2 win made the Indians the first American League Central Champions since Major League Baseball divided into three divisions.
On July 14, 1946, Ted Williams was tearing the cover off the ball against the Indians.
In the first half of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Williams knocked in eight runs, and the Red Sox needed every one of them in an 11-10 win over the Tribe. In the second game, Indians player-manager Lou Boudreau had an idea.
Left fielder George Case was left in his position, while Boudreau and third baseman Ken Keltner moved over to the right side of the infield. First baseman Jimmy Wasdell was right down the line, third baseman Ken Keltner was just inside second base, and Boudreau was between them. Second baseman Jack Conway was in shallow right, behind Wasdell.