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Posts By Vince Guerrieri

Lou Boudreau Nearly Traded by the Indians in 1947

July 24, 2012 |

Sometimes, the saying in baseball goes, the best trade is the one you don’t make.

In 1946, a syndicate headed by Bill Veeck bought the Cleveland Indians. Veeck, the son of a sportswriter-turned-baseball executive, wasn’t the kind of guy to stand pat, leading player-manager Lou Boudreau to say, “We always had three teams — one on the field, one coming and one going.”

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Indians Lost Lottery to Land Tom Seaver

July 17, 2012 |

Tom Seaver and the Mets seem to go hand-in-hand.

Seaver’s the only player in the Baseball Hall of Fame (where he received the highest percentage of votes, 98.84, on his first ballot) wearing a Mets cap. He was the anchor of the starting rotations of the 1969 World Champion Miracle Mets, and the 1973 team that went from last place in the middle of the season to the seventh game of the World Series, succumbing to the Oakland Athletics.

But Seaver almost debuted with the Indians. Read More

Tigers Legend Helped Build Indians of the 1950s

May 1, 2012 |

He was the original Hammerin’ Hank. In the less enlightened time when he played, he was also known as the Hebrew Hammer.

But after a lengthy and successful career – almost exclusively with the Detroit Tigers – Hank Greenberg came to Cleveland and left his mark on the Indians.

After the 1947 season – the only one he played with the Pittsburgh Pirates – Greenberg’s playing career ended. He retired with a career .313 batting average and 331 home runs – a number which could have vastly increased had Greenberg not lost the bulk of four seasons to service in the Army Air Forces in World War II.

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Presidential First Pitch Originated With Ohio, Cleveland Ties

April 10, 2012 |

The throwing out of the ceremonial first pitch is a tradition that started in 1910 with President William Howard Taft. And it’s all because of a Youngstown native and former Cleveland baseball player and manager named Jimmy McAleer.

McAleer knocked around the minor leagues in the 1880s before breaking into the National League with the Cleveland Spiders in 1889. He was regarded as speedy on the basepaths and in center field. His batting was a little less solid. The Robisons, owners of the Spiders, also bought the St. Louis Browns of the National League (later the Cardinals) and essentially cherry-picked all the talent from Cleveland to St. Louis. McAleer opted to stay in Northern Ohio. The Spiders folded after the 1899 season, but McAleer latched on as player/manager for the Lake Shores, a team in the American League in 1900.

In 1901, the Lake Shores became the Blues, taking the name of an older team. The Blues, of course, would go on to be the Indians. McAleer was their manager, and participated in what is now regarded as the first American League game as part of the major leagues, an 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Read More

Don Black Tragedy Helps Tribe To 1948 Championship

January 31, 2012 |

In 1920, the Indians won their first World Championship. They were playing for their fallen teammate, Ray Chapman, who became the first and to date only baseball player to die from injuries sustained on the field when he was struck in the temple by a pitched ball during a game against the Yankees.

In 1948, the Indians won their second World Championship, and once again, they were playing in tribute of a teammate who could not be with them.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #60 Bill Selby

December 22, 2011 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of utility man, Bill Selby.

“Who the hell is Bill Selby?”

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Today in Tribe History: October 4, 1948

October 4, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

The 1948 Indians had a formidable pitching lineup, including future hall of famers Bob Feller and Bob Lemon.  Satchel Paige, a midseason signing and another future hall of famer, won six games down the stretch for the Indians. But 63 years ago today, on Oct. 4, 1948, player-manager Lou Boudreau went with Gene Bearden for the Indians’ 155th game of the year.

The Tribe would be playing the Boston Red Sox in a tiebreaker game at Fenway Park, in the first playoff in American League history. Bearden, a rookie knuckleballer, had won 19 games that season, but he was pitching on just a day’s rest, and as a lefthander, would have a tougher go of it at Fenway, with its short left field.

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Today In Tribe History: September 30, 1995

September 30, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

The Indians had already clinched the division. Their playoff odyssey would begin soon. But on Sept. 30, 1995 – 16 years ago today – Albert Belle set a team record and reached a mark that hadn’t ever been hit.

Today In Tribe History; September 27, 1940

September 27, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On September 27, 1940 – 71 years ago today – Floyd Giebell was supposed to be a sacrificial lamb.

The Indians were beginning a three-game series at home against Detroit – the final series of the year – and were two back of the Tigers with three games to play. One Tigers win would clinch the pennant for them.

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Today In Tribe History: September 18, 1954, Indians Clinch Pennant

September 18, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On Sept. 18, 1954, 57 years ago today, the Indians clinched the American League pennant on the way to making league history.

The Tribe was taking on the Tigers at what was then called Briggs Stadium in Detroit. The Tigers got out to a 1-0 lead after Indians starter Early Wynn gave up a sacrifice fly to Ray Boone, scoring Harvey Kuenn in the bottom of the third inning.

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What To Do With Grady Sizemore?

September 13, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

He was a throw-in in one of the most successful trades in Indians history.

Then he was the face of the franchise.

Now, Grady Sizemore’s career as an Indian may not be much longer.

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Today In Tribe History: September 8, 1995, Tribe Clinches Central Division

September 8, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On September 8, 1995 – 16 years ago today – 41 years of wandering through the desert ended for the Cleveland Indians, and their fans.

In 1954, the Indians set an American League record with 111 wins, making them the favorites in the World Series that year against the New York Giants. But the Giants swept the Indians in four games, and after that, the Tribe descended into mediocrity – or worse.

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