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Albert Belle Returns To Indians If Only For A Day

February 29, 2012 |

By Vince Guerrieri

For a time, he was Cleveland’s most famous recovering alcoholic.

He was a baseball player who could hit anything, be it a ball or a middle infielder with the occasional forearm shiver.

He was Joey. Now he’s Albert. And Tuesday, he was back in spring training with the Indians.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #3 Earl Averill

February 17, 2012 |

 

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 Earl Averill.

By Vince Guerrieri

Earl Averill hasn’t played a game for the Indians in more than 70 years. But even after he was traded from the Tribe to the Tigers during the 1939 season, Averill’s name is still on the Indians record books as the career leader in total bases (3,200), RBI (1,084), runs (1,154), triples (121) and extra-base hits (724). And his 226 home runs with the Indians stood as a club record until Albert Belle broke it in 1996 (Jim Thome currently holds the mark).

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #5 Lou Boudreau

February 15, 2012 | | One Comment

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 Lou Boudreau.

By Vince Guerrieri

At the age of 24, Lou Boudreau became player-manager for the Indians.

Six years later, he was named the American League MVP when the led the Tribe, on the bench, at bat and in the field, to the team’s most recent World Series championship.

And in 1970, at the age of 50, his uniform number 5 was retired – the same year he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #14 Larry Doby

February 6, 2012 |

 

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 Larry Doby.

By Vince Guerrieri

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first black player in the major leagues.  He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, the Dodgers retired his number in 1972, about six months before his death.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #18 Mel Harder

February 2, 2012 |

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 Mel Harder.

By Vince Guerrieri

On July 31, 1932, the Indians played their first game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The cavernous lake front edifice had opened a year earlier, in the depths of the Great Depression, to host a heavyweight prizefight.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #19 Bob Feller

February 1, 2012 |

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 Bob Feller.

By Vince Guerrieri

A high school phenomenon came to Cleveland. He blew people away with his prodigious talent and garnered national attention.

LeBron James? That’s one person. But before LeBron there was Bob Feller, who was signed by the Indians at 17 and never played a day in the minors before making his debut on July 19, 1936, in relief against the Washington Senators.

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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: #21 Bob Lemon

January 30, 2012 |

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 Bob Lemon.

By Vince Guerrieri

He started out as a third baseman for the Indians, getting a cup of coffee in the majors before serving in the Navy in World War II. But Bob Lemon became a pitcher after the war – and one of the best of his era.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #24 Early Wynn

January 27, 2012 |

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 Early Wynn.

On Dec. 10, 1948, the World Champion Cleveland Indians completed a trade with the Washington Senators. They got Mickey Vernon, a former all-star and batting champion. He would play for two seasons for the Indians before going back to Washington (First in War, First in Peace and Last in the American League).

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #25 Jim Thome

January 26, 2012 |

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 Jim Thome.

In 1989, the Indians used a 13th round pick in the Major League Baseball draft to take a chance on a Peoria, Ill., native.

And James Howard Thome turned out to be the best draft pick the Tribe ever made, and the living embodiment of the sports cliché. He really was Number 25 on the scorecard and Number One in Indians fans’ hearts.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #29 Satchel Paige

January 22, 2012 |

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 Satchel Paige.

In 1946, Bob Feller and Satchel Paige were the featured attractions on a barnstorming tour.

Feller was a Cleveland Indians phenom with a blazing fastball, who had just come back from service in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Paige was an ageless wonder who had pitched throughout the Negro Leagues, including Chattanooga, Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Feller said Paige was the best pitcher he ever saw.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #33 Jim Mudcat Grant

January 18, 2012 |

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 remember the career of Jim “Mudcat” Grant.

When the Indians traded Jim “Mudcat” Grant to the Twins during the 1964 season, he was worried.

The Florida native told Sports Illustrated, “The Twins kept me in the league.” He had a 22-6 career record against them. But he went on to do great things with the Twins, becoming the first black pitcher in the American League to win 20 games and to win a World Series game, doing both in 1965, when the Twins took the Dodgers to seven games before succumbing. Grant ended up getting a World Series ring with the Pirates, going 5-3 for the Bucs in 1971 in a relief role.

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