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Posts By Vince Guerrieri

It’s Not Over!

August 30, 2011 |

 

By Vince Guerrieri

The highlight of my existence as an Indians fan came on Oct. 26, 1995, when I, my brother, my father and 43,000 of our closest friends were at Jacobs Field for Game 5 of the World Series.
The Tribe’s backs were up against the wall. They were down 3 games to 1, and a loss that night would send them off into the winter. They were facing Greg Maddux, the NL Cy Young Award winner that year (his fourth straight), who had beaten them already in the series opener.
Before the game, the JumboTron flashed a scene from Animal House, where John Belushi is trying to pump up his fraternity brothers.

Today In Tribe History; August 23, 1936

August 23, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

A high school phenom took the mound for the Indians against the St. Louis Browns on a Sunday afternoon at League Park 75 years ago today, Aug. 23, 1936.

He was signed off the sandlots of Iowa for a buck and an autographed baseball, and had never played an inning in the minor leagues. The Browns were regarded as the dregs of the American League – the saying was that St. Louis was “first in booze, first in shoes and last in the American League” – but it was still stiffer competition than the 17-year-old hurler had ever seen before.

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Today In Tribe History: Ray Chapman Hit By Pitch

August 16, 2011 |

Today’s piece on Ray Chapman is an excerpt from, “Ohio Sports Trivia,” by DTTWLN writer, Vince Guerrieri and J. Alexander Poulton. Books can be purchased through Lone Pine Publishing, or clicking on the link of the book cover in the story.

By Vince Guerrieri

On August 16, 1920, 71 years ago today, the Cleveland Indians’ Ray Chapman became the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to die as a result of an injury on the field.

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Today In Tribe History: August 9, 1981

August 9, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

Thirty years ago today, Major League Baseball was back – and it started in Cleveland.

The All-Star Game, originally scheduled for July 14 at Municipal Stadium, was canceled during a players’ strike, which lasted from June 12 to July 31. The players and owners reached an agreement, and that year, the season would be separated into halves, with the first half winners in each division playing the second half winners in the first Division Series.

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Tribe Blows Early Lead; Rangers 8, Indians 7

August 6, 2011 |

 

By Vince Guerrieri

Friday night was set up to be one of the most anticipated regular-season games in the past 10 years for Indians fans, as Ubaldo Jimenez would make his debut against the Texas Rangers.

Would he demonstrate the form that saw him win 15 games before the All-Star break in 2010, or would Tribe fans see the middling pitcher that Rockies fan have seen since? Would he be worth the price paid?

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Today In Tribe History: Lefty Grove Wins #300

July 25, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

The Indians were beginning a three-game set at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox 70 years ago today, July 25, 1941. They were facing a pitcher who was arguably the best of all time, Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove. Lefty was a two-time world champion with the Philadelphia Athletics, and won the inaugural American League MVP, but he was coming up to the tail end of his career.

Grove was sitting on 299 wins. He last two starts were hard-luck games that turned into losses for him, and he was aching for the milestone win, which had been accomplished only five times before in the modern era.

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Pittsburgh Pirates–Winning the Indian Way

July 18, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

If there’s one Cinderella story in Major League Baseball that has attracted more attention than the Indians, it’s the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Buccos, owners of the longest streak of futility in the major leagues with 18 straight losing seasons, have not just climbed out of the cellar of the National League Central, but are at the top of the standings at 49-44, the same record as the Indians.

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Today In Tribe History: July 17, 1941

July 17, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On May 15, 1941, Joe DiMaggio began a hitting streak with a single against the Chicago White Sox. Two months later, DiMaggio’s streak had stretched to 56 games when he smashed a double and two singles against the Cleveland Indians at League Park on July 16, 1941.  DiMaggio had overtaken the modern major league record of 41 games by George Sisler, and Wee Willie Keeler’s ancient mark of 44 games.

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