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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | April 26, 2018

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New Name and Offensive Fireworks as Indians Hoisted Pennant in 1921

April 25, 2018 |

As the 1921 season dawned, the Cleveland Indians had a home with a new name – and a new souvenir of their achievement the previous season.

The Indians began the season on the road, with a four-game set against the St. Louis Browns and a pair of games against the Tigers in Detroit, before coming home to the familiar confines at the corner of East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue.

The ballpark had been known as League Park since its first inception opened in 1891 for the Cleveland Spiders. But starting in 1921, it had taken on the name of Dunn Field in honor of its owner, Jim Dunn, in honor of a promise he made. Read More

Former Tribe Player, Coach, and Broadcaster Nelson Passes Away at 73

April 24, 2018 |

Dave Nelson, former Cleveland Indians player, coach, and broadcaster, passed away on Monday at the age of 73 after a long battle with liver cancer.

David “Davey” Earl Nelson’s path to a long career in Major League Baseball began in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on June 20, 1944. After his days at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, and both Compton Junior College and Los Angeles State College, he was signed by the Indians as an amateur free agent prior to the 1964 season. He debuted at the age of 23 at the beginning of the 1968 season and spent a pair of seasons in Cleveland, serving as a second baseman, shortstop, and corner outfielder. Read More

Averill Makes Big Splash in Major League Debut

April 18, 2018 |

Prior to the 1929 season, Indians owner Alva Bradley demonstrated that he wasn’t shy about spending money. Gordon Cobbledick estimated that the Indians spent $250,000 on players leading up to Opening Day.

Of that total, 20 percent went to the … Read More

Cleveland Indians Have Strong Ties to Puerto Rico

April 17, 2018 |

Some big names to suit up for the Cleveland Indians during the last three decades have hailed from the island of Puerto Rico. The Indians’ two-game road trip to San Juan as the visiting club against the “home” Twins on Tuesday and Wednesday will mark the team’s first regular season games in Puerto Rico and will serve as a homecoming of sorts for star shortstop Francisco Lindor and catcher Roberto Perez, who both spent a portion of their lives there.

According to the historical archives known as Baseball Reference, 242 Puerto Rican-born players have stepped into the batter’s box in Major League history. Read More

Remembering Bob Feller’s Opening Day No-Hitter

April 16, 2018 |

Many accomplishments in Major League Baseball history have come and gone, to be expected on some level with the 162-game schedule and 30 teams competing on a nightly basis for six months of the year. Yet some records and performances have withstood the test of time and somewhat surprisingly, Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter remains one of them.

It was on April 16, 1940, that Feller started the regular season with the first and only no-hitter in baseball history. Despite 39 Cleveland modern openers before it and the 78 openers that have followed, the historic effort has yet to be replicated. Read More

When Jackie Robinson Played in Cleveland

April 15, 2018 |

While weather played havoc with the annual celebration of the life of Jackie Robinson, the lighter MLB schedule does not prohibit us at Did The Tribe Win Last Night from looking back at the time Robinson’s playing career brought him through the city of Cleveland.

On April 15th of every year, Major League Baseball takes pause to recognize the contributions of Jackie Robinson to the advancement of African-Americans and minorities as a whole in professional sports and, in a much larger construct, in the society as we know it today.

Teams honor the life and legacy of Robinson by removing their traditional names and numbers from the backs of their jerseys, instead wearing a nameless #42, which returns to diamonds across the country on the anniversary of his breaking of the color barrier. While inclement weather at stops all across the country led to the cancellation of a half dozen games on Sunday, it will lead to an extended commemoration of Robinson as those 42 jerseys will be “unretired” again during make-up games in May and June for the ten affected clubs. Read More

Baseball Games in Cold Weather are a Cleveland Tradition

April 11, 2018 |

Cold weather during sporting events is one of the risks you run in Cleveland.

It’s a regular occurrence in football (witness Red Right 88 at Cleveland Stadium, and the game the Browns beat the Bills in a blizzard in 2007) as well as in baseball, from the infamous Snow-pening Day for the Indians against the Mariners in 2007, prompting the team to actually move games to Milwaukee, to Game 4 of the 1997 World Series, which remains the coldest Fall Classic game ever played.

And it was the same last weekend as the Indians opened against Royals, reaching a milestone of the coldest game ever played at Jacobs/Progressive Field, with temperatures hovering at freezing, 32 degrees. But really, it’s been a tradition throughout team history. Read More

Tribe Got Took on 1974 Deal Between Prospects

April 4, 2018 |

This week, a lot of Indians fans pulled a muscle patting themselves on the back over Mike Clevinger.

Clevinger faced the Angels on Monday and got the win against the team that dealt him while still a minor leaguer for Vinnie Pestano. Clevinger’s turned into a legitimate starter for the Indians – by talent as much as necessity (I don’t feel like I’m crawling out on a limb by saying former All-Star Danny Salazar can’t be counted on a regular starter any longer). Pestano, once the Indians’ setup man, is no longer in the major leagues. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 1

March 28, 2018 |

Our countdown to the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season schedule has reached one single day. Join Did The Tribe Win once again as we dig into the archive to recall one of the greats to wear the number one for the Cleveland Indians. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 1 day

As a child growing up in Veracruz, Mexico, Roberto “Bobby” Avila played soccer and dreamed of being a bullfighter. As a student, he studied engineering. His later life was spent in politics.

But Avila – called Beto in Spanish-speaking nations but known as Bobby in the United States – was probably most famous as the first really prominent Mexican baseball player. Read More

Indians Fan’s Ballpark Models Now Include Gateway Complex

March 28, 2018 | | One Comment

Like most people around when it opened in 1994, David Resnik was instantly enamored with the Indians’ new home of Jacobs Field.

In fact, he was so inspired by it and the talented team that took up residence there that … Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 2

March 27, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 2 days

Few in life are comfortable with a second place finish and in Indians history, few have made a lengthy stay as the number two man on the field for the club.

A number once in heavy rotation through the early 1960s, it disappeared for over 20 years over parts of the next three decades, reappearing in the mid-1980s. Twenty-three players donned it on the field in the first 33 years numbers were used by the organization, but just 13 have taken ownership of it over the last 34 years. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 3 – Earl Averill

March 26, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 3 days

Former Indians center fielder Earl Averill may have gotten a late start to his Major League career, but it did not prevent him from putting together one of the better careers of any player to wear a Cleveland uniform on the baseball diamond, let alone the number three. Read More