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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | April 7, 2020

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Former Indians Have Ties to NCAA’s March Madness

April 3, 2020 |

Global pandemic busted brackets this year as the entire NCAA college basketball tournament was cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus across the globe. The annual “March Madness” tourney was originally scheduled to conclude this weekend in the “Final Four” matchups on Friday, April 4, ahead of the National Championship game Sunday night, April 6.

This year, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night keep the festivities alive as we recall some former Tribesmen to partake in NCAA postseason play. Today’s slightly edited post (due to specific outdated time references in the original) first published on March 17, 2018, by Bob Toth.

It would seem unlikely that participants in the NCAA Tournament, better known as “March Madness”, would find their way to a Major League Baseball diamond, but lo and behold, it has happened on more than one occasion before. The chances may be mighty slim, but a dozen former college basketball players who have played in the yearly March playoff have found later employment following their hoops careers on a big league diamond. Read More

Jackie Price: Baseball’s Sad Clown

March 31, 2020 |

With baseball and much of the world in a holding practice and experimenting poorly in many circumstances with social distancing, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night will dig through the archives each Tuesday and Friday to find some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011 to share with you. Have a favorite you read that you would like to see once again? Drop us a line! We are in this together! – BT

Today’s story comes courtesy of Vince Guerrieri in a post originally published on April 15, 2014.

If Indians fans remember Jackie Price at all, it’s for the stunt that got him thrown off the team in 1947. Read More

Skip Griparis, the Best Color Man in the League

March 27, 2020 |

With baseball and much of the world in some form of hiatus and practicing social distancing, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night will dig through the archives each Tuesday and Friday to find some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011 to share with you. Have a favorite you read that you would like to see once again? Drop us a line! Stay safe, avoid one another, and wash those hands! – BT

Today’s gem comes courtesy of Vince Guerrieri in a post originally shared on January 21, 2014.

In 1988, Skip Griparis auditioned for a baseball movie in his hometown of Chicago. The movie, a comedy about a terrible baseball team that suddenly got its act together, would film in Milwaukee. Read More

Opening Day Tribe Trivia

March 26, 2020 |

For a little added Opening Day fun with no Opening Day to enjoy, here is some Cleveland Indians’ Opening Day trivia. The questions are broken down arbitrarily into categories, ranked accordingly (and with some perceived bias) by me.

Answers follow further down the page. Read More

Unsolved Mysteries: Was Terry Francona Really in “Major League”?

March 24, 2020 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night continues its excavation project by digging through the archives for some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011. Movies are the theme for this week as many Ohioans acclimate to life on lock down. Continue to practice social distancing and wash those hands for at least 20 seconds. – BT

Today’s find comes from former DTTWLN writer and ten-time published author Jonathan Knight, dating back to July 24, 2015.

Picture Robert Stack in a dark overcoat meandering toward camera through a foggy alley. Over the opening chords of that tinkly theme song he speaks the following words in a low, gravelly voice that makes you think he’s passing along state secrets:

It’s a typical Tuesday night, and everybody’s settling in to watch the Indians’ latest textbook example of how not to score runs.

Just after the game begins (and the Indians strand their first runner in scoring position), venerable MLB.com reporter Jordan Bastian posts an intriguing little story. To coincide with that evening’s much-anticipated Major League Night” at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Bastian chatted with Tribe manager Terry Francona about an enigmatic comment he made before the game.

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Former Indians Player Ted Cox Dies

March 22, 2020 |

Ted Cox occupies an interesting place in baseball history.

He’s a footnote in the record books, but to Cleveland fans, he’s probably best known for being part of one of the many deals in the 1970s that led Indians fans to smack their foreheads and go, “WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?” Read More

The Man Behind the Baseball Bug Tells His Story

March 20, 2020 |

With baseball and much of the world in some form of hiatus and practicing social distancing, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night will dig through the archives each Tuesday and Friday to find some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011 to share with you. Have a favorite you read that you would like to see once again? Drop us a line! Stay safe, avoid one another, and wash those hands! – BT

Today’s story by Vince Guerrieri was originally published on June 20, 2018.

Nothing ever really dies on the internet. That’s how I ended up talking to the guy who was the infamous Baseball Bug.

Ron Chernek emailed me last week, saying he’d stumbled upon the article I’d written last year about the Baseball Bug, Cleveland’s short-lived mascot in the 1980 and 1981 season (actually, his son stumbled upon it; Chernek by his own admission isn’t particularly active on the internet or social media). He offered to tell his story and I offered to listen. Read More

The Baseball Bug Goes Splat in Brief Time in Cleveland

March 17, 2020 |

With baseball and much of the world in some form of hiatus and practicing social distancing, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night will dig through the archives each Tuesday and Friday to find some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011 to share with you. Have a favorite you read that you would like to see once again? Drop us a line! Stay safe, avoid one another, and wash those hands! – BT

Today’s story was originally published by Vince Guerrieri on May 17, 2017.

Before there was Slider, there was the Baseball Bug.

But before there were either – or the Phillie Phanatic, or the Pirate Parrot – there was the San Diego Chicken.

Ted Giannoulas put on a chicken costume for a San Diego radio station in 1974. He took his act on the road and became most intrinsically linked with the city’s baseball team, the Padres (ironically, Giannoulas – who finally hung up the chicken suit after the 2016 season – grew up listening to Indians games from Ontario). He really became the godfather of all the mascots. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 14

March 12, 2020 | | 2 Comments

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 14 days

To this day, Larry Doby does not get the credit that he deserves for the doors that he helped open in Major League Baseball, professional sports as a whole, or for the American society over the course of his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and others.

The Indians honored his efforts on the field by retiring his number 14 on July 3, 1994, making him the fifth player (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Earl Averill, Mel Harder) recognized by the club in such a manner. The ceremony came almost 47 years to the date of his first game in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 15

March 11, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 15 days

On December 6, 1989, the Cleveland Indians made the franchise-altering decision to trade away star outfielder Joe Carter less than a year before he was set to hit the open market in free agency. After it became clear that Carter was tempted to see what his financial worth would be and that he was not interested in any offers made by the Tribe front office, he was dealt to the San Diego Padres for a package of players.

Two of those players would play significant roles in the Indian uprising of the 1990s, one that Carter was supposed to be a part of during the ill-fated 1987 Sports Illustrated cover jinx season and the years to follow. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 16

March 10, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 16 days

This spring, Indians third base coach Mike Sarbaugh began his eighth season working as part of manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff while representing the number 16 for the club. It kicked off his 31st season of work as a member of the organization, where he has served as a player, a coach, or a manager. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 17

March 9, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 17 days

A pair of utility men donned the number 17 for the Indians during the 2019 season. Both were new faces to the ball club last year looking for a chance to stick, but both whiffed and are no longer with the organization. Read More