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Posts By Vince Guerrieri

Don’t Call It A Comeback!; August 5, 2001

August 5, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On Aug. 5, 2001, 10 years ago today, the Indians were playing a nationally-televised Sunday night game on ESPN. They had their work cut out for them, playing a Seattle Mariners team that would go on to win 116 games in the regular season, tying a major league record.

And of course, the Indians laid an egg. Tribe starter Dave Burba gave up seven runs in two innings and change, and was replaced by reliever Mike Bacsick, who gave up five more runs in an eight-run third inning. After three, the Mariners were leading by two touchdowns, 12-0. Jim Thome hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to make it 12-2, but the Mariners added two more in the fifth to go up 14-2.

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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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