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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: #20 Ray Narleski

January 31, 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 Ray Narleski.

By Mike Brandyberry

Before the Bullpen Mafia, the creation of the closer or the set up man, there was Ray Narleski and Don Mossi. The two made up the toughest bullpen in baseball, before bullpens were supposed to be tough.

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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: #22 Brian Giles

January 29, 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 Brian Giles.

By Craig Gifford

If Brian Giles were trying to break into the current Cleveland Indians outfield he would likely have no trouble at all. However, the Tribe outfields of the latter part of the 1990s never allowed the player with boatloads of potential to make his true mark on the shores of Lake Erie.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #23 Vic Wertz

January 28, 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 Vic Wertz.

By Mike Brandyberry

Despite a 17 year career and 266 home runs, Vic Wertz is known for recording what might be the most famous out in baseball history.

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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: #26 Brook Jacoby

January 25, 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 Brook Jacoby.

By Kevin Schnieder

In the 1980s, I as a youngster in central Ohio, I felt close to Indians third baseman Brook Jacoby.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #27 Herb Score

January 24, 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 Herb Score.

By Kevin Schnieder

Herb Score’s career ended before it had a chance to blossom on the field.  But he stuck in Tribe fan’s hearts for decades as a radio announcer.

At just 22, the lefty score scorched his fastball in the upper 90s when he debuted with the Indians in the 1955 season and won the American League Rookie of the Year award. Score, who wore number 27 for the Indians, flung that fastball for an A.L.-high 245 strikeouts in 1955 and again led the league with 263 in 1956.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #28 Cory Snyder

January 23, 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 Cory Snyder.

By Mike Brandyberry

The summer of 1986 was when I fell in love with baseball and the Cleveland Indians and found my only true favorite player ever, Cory Snyder. Originally, Snyder was the fourth overall pick in the 1984 MLB Draft after representing the USA in the inaugural baseball contest in the Olympic Games.

I was seven years old and started playing my first season of baseball. I loved it immediately, but wasn’t really good off the bat. I was normally stationed in right field, so it became natural that the first time I sat down to watch a Tribe game with my father, I wanted to know who was the right fielder.

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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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