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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | June 27, 2019

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Remembering Bob Feller’s Opening Day No-Hitter

April 16, 2019 |

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 79 openers that have followed, the historic effort has yet to be replicated. Read More

Robinson, Feller Shared Complicated, Connected Bond

April 15, 2019 |

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, celebrated around Major League Baseball venues on April 15 of each season, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look back on Robinson’s ties to the city of Cleveland. This story, written by Vince Guerrieri, was originally published on July 29, 2015. – BT

Though they came from wildly different backgrounds – and never faced each other in a game that counted – Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson were inextricably linked by the brotherhood of baseball.

Before he broke the color line, Robinson played in barnstorming tours that included Rapid Robert. Both had very well-defined opinions – and weren’t shy about sharing them. And both went into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the same day in 1962 – July 23. Read More

When Jackie Robinson Played in Cleveland

April 15, 2019 |

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, celebrated around Major League Baseball venues on April 15 of each season, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look back on Robinson’s ties to the city of Cleveland. This story originally published on April 15, 2016. – BT

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. Read More

Indians, Blue Jays Share Strange No-Hit History

April 10, 2019 |

Last week, Trevor Bauer scuffled his way through seven no-hit innings for the Indians. The bullpen held on until the ninth inning, when Brad Hand lost the no-hitter and the shutout, although the Tribe still won.

Of course, it was against the Blue Jays – and not just because they’ve been one of the few teams this year with an offense even more anemic than the Tribe’s. Toronto has had a strange relationship with the Indians when it comes to no-hit games.

The Blue Jays – along with the Mariners – joined the American League as expansion teams in 1977. Four years later, the Jays were the victims of Len Barker’s perfect game, in weather not unlike what we saw last Thursday, a cold day early in the season in front of a small crowd. Barker’s perfect game remains the last no-hitter to date by an Indians pitcher. (There’s only been one other no-hitter by the Indians since the Jays started play: Dennis Eckersley’s Memorial Day no-no against the Angels in 1977.) Read More

Robinson Makes History and Helps Bring Home a Win

April 8, 2019 |

Opening Day carried a little more significance in 1975, when Cleveland’s Frank Robinson became the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball history. As if the occasion was not momentous enough, Robinson, whose official role with the Indians was that of player-manager, would make the date even more memorable in his first trip to the plate. Here’s a look back at Robinson and his historic day, through the words of DTTWLN’s Vince Guerrieri in 2015. – BT

When the Indians dealt for Frank Robinson in September 1974, at face value, it looked like they were hoping the slugger – who led the Orioles to four pennants and a pair of world titles after being dealt from the Reds to Baltimore in 1965 at “an old 30” – had a little left in the tank to keep the Tribe afloat in the American League East race. On September 12, 1974, the day of the trade – which was front-page news in Cleveland – the Indians were six games back with 20 to play.

The Tribe ended up finishing in fourth place, but Robinson would go on to make history. Read More

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

April 7, 2019 |

Sunday, April 7, marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the beloved movie “Major League”. Written and directed by Rhode Islander David Ward (writer of box office hits like “The Sting” and “Sleepless in Seattle”) and featuring a star-studded cast, the movie follows efforts by Indians ownership to tank the season in order to set record-low attendance figures that would allow the widowed Rachel Phelps to move the franchise to Miami. Instead, hilarity and success ensue as the young upstart club finds itself under the guidance of manager Lou Brown and veteran catcher Jake Taylor. Today, we look back on a unique story that arose from the movie, as written by author Jonathan Knight in 2015. – BT

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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Indians’ Part of Charlie Finley’s Experiment With Orange Baseballs

April 3, 2019 |

Change was in the air as the 1973 baseball season began.

The biggest difference is that for the first time, the pitcher wouldn’t have to bat in the American League. The Junior Circuit had adopted the use of a designated hitter – something considered but voted down a dozen years earlier by the Pacific Coast League.

The most successful major league franchise, the Yankees, had fallen on hard times, and CBS sold them to the scion of a Cleveland shipbuilding family. George Steinbrenner had owned the Cleveland Pipers, a pro basketball team that had folded, and appeared to have learned his lesson, saying, “I won’t be active in the day-to-day operations of the club at all.” Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 0

March 28, 2019 |

The march to Opening Day has finally reached its destination. Major League Baseball will begin the 2019 regular season schedule around the country with games all day long on Thursday. The Cleveland Indians will start the year away from home again, opening in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they will be hosted by the Twins in a 4:10 PM ET first pitch.

Countdown to Opening Day – 0 days

It was another longer than expected offseason for the Indians, who for the second straight season suffered a first round ouster in the American League Division Series as they were swept by the Houston Astros in three straight games to spell the end of the 2018 Major League Baseball season for the city of Cleveland. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 1 – Greg Allen

March 27, 2019 |

On Thursday, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 1 day

Barring an unexpected last minute change, Greg Allen will be with the Indians in the number 1 as one of a handful of outfielders on the 25-man roster to open the season on Thursday in Minnesota.

Entering his third year, the speedy outfielder (who switched last year from the number 53 to 1) has a chance to make his mark in an uncertain mix at his position. While his center field job was taken by Leonys Martin (picked up last July from Detroit), opportunities in left and right field were both available this offseason after significant departures from the roster at the positions, including regulars Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall. The team had several candidates in camp to consider, but the versatile Allen was able to claim one of the spots on the club. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 2

March 26, 2019 |

On Thursday, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

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

March 25, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

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

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 4 – Bradley Zimmer

March 24, 2019 |

In less than a week, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 4 days

Bradley Zimmer, resident number four on the Cleveland Indians roster, suffered the worst kind of sophomore slump in his second season with the Tribe a year ago.

At the age of 25, the former 2014 first round pick made the roster and slotted in as the team’s center fielder, but he got off to a rough start. Through his first eight games, he was hitting just .154 with more than a strikeout per every other trip to the plate (14 in 27 plate appearances), but the modest six-game hitting streak that followed boosted his average 123 points. Over his next ten games, he would get just five hits (with his strikeout rate improving slightly with 12 Ks in 29 plate appearances) and his average for the month settled in at the .240 mark. Read More