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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | April 23, 2018

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Documentary Looks at Baseball Through the Italian-American Experience

March 14, 2018 |

“Next to religion,” President Herbert Hoover once said, “baseball has had a greater impact on our way of life than any other institution.”

For generations, the sport was America. It started in the late 1800s, drawing Irish immigrants or first-generation Americans from the Emerald Isle. As the country grew in the 20th century, it drew the immigrants and sons of immigrants who worked in mills and mines. In 1947 – in the days of segregated armed forces and while “separate but equal” remained the law of the land – it integrated. And in the 1950s and 1960s, it started drawing players from Mexico and Central and South America.

And as the country drew Italian immigrants, so too did the game, from the DiMaggio brothers in San Francisco to men like Rocky Colavito, one of the most popular athletes in Cleveland in his day, whose trade is still regarded by some Tribe fans as when it all started to go wrong. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 16

March 13, 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 – 16 days

Cleveland third base coach Mike Sarbaugh has been the Indians’ representative for the number 16 on the field over the last few years while serving as a member of manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff, a role he has held since he was promoted to the Major League club after working as a minor league manager in the organization from 2004 to 2012.

The minor league career of the former utility man was brief, as he played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1989 before spending the next five years in the Indians farm system, reaching the Triple-A level in four games at Charlotte during his 1994 season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 18 – Mel Harder

March 11, 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 – 18 days

Of the retired numbers in Cleveland Indians history, Mel Harder’s number 18 may be one of the lesser known and more under-appreciated of the bunch to be honored in such a way. It was largely due to Harder’s misfortune of being a Cleveland Indian during some very down years for the club during the 1930s and 1940s and retiring the season before the Tribe took the 1948 World Series.

It may have been enough to cost him a place among the baseball immortals in Cooperstown’s Hall of Fame. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 19 – Bob Feller

March 10, 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 one of the all-time legends of the game of baseball.

Countdown to Opening Day – 19 days

If you ask Clevelanders which player was the best to wear the number 19 while representing the city in a sporting event, chances are you will get a lot of answers naming former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar as their pick.

No knock on Bernie, but he doesn’t hold a candle in comparison to one of the best 19s ever to play the game of baseball, Bob Feller. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 20

March 9, 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 – 20 days

Last May, the Cleveland Indians retired the jersey number 20 in honor of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, adding it to the growing list of digits taken out of circulation by the organization and making it the first player number since Bob Lemon‘s 21 was de-listed in 1998. In addition to Lemon’s number, the numbers 3 (Earl Averill), 5 (Lou Boudreau), 14 (Larry Doby), 18 (Mel Harder), 19 (Bob Feller), and 42 (Jackie Robinson) are also unavailable to future members of the Tribe.

The number 20 made its final and memorable appearances on the diamond for the Indians on the back of Rajai Davis, whose heroics in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series nearly brought an end to the Tribe’s excruciatingly long title drought. One magical swing in the eighth inning of Game 7 brought the game to a tie and permanently etched his name into Indians lore. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 21

March 8, 2018 |

It is hard to believe, but we are just three short weeks away from the first pitches of the 2018 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 21 days

In 1998, Cleveland retired the number 21 in honor of longtime Tribe member Bob Lemon, whose transition from a position player to a quality starting pitcher led to seven trips to the Midsummer Classic, a leading role on the 1948 and 1954 American League champion Indians teams, and ultimately, a spot in Cooperstown in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

But while Lemon last wore the number on the field as a player with the Indians in 1958, several big names would honor the work that he had done in the jersey with quality careers in a Cleveland uniform in the years to come. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 22

March 7, 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 – 22 days

Just a couple of short months ago, it seemed like there was a fair chance that Jason Kipnis’ days in the number 22 for the Cleveland Indians would be coming to an end.

Now, a few weeks into spring training, holding on to the two-time All-Star second baseman is looking like the right move. Read More

Sockalexis Signing Briefly Changed Fortunes of ‘Indians’

March 7, 2018 | | One Comment

This week 121 years ago, the Cleveland Spiders signed a player who would have a short career with the team but would be remembered long after he and the team had gone the way of all flesh.

The March 5, 1897, edition of the Plain Dealer said outfielder Jesse Burkett – who lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the offseason (and still has a Little League there named for him) – was told the day before to sign a player who had distinguished himself on the baseball field as well as the gridiron at Holy Cross. He was a Penobscot Indian named Louis Sockalexis. But Sockalexis couldn’t be found in Worcester. Finally, he was located in South Bend, Indiana, having followed his coach, Doc Powers, from Holy Cross to Notre Dame. Spiders manager Patsy Tebeau promptly signed him. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 23

March 6, 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 – 23 days

Will this year be the last year in a Cleveland Indians uniform for Michael Brantley, the longest tenured 23 in Tribe history? Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 24

March 5, 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 – 24 days

For the last year and a half, 6’7” southpaw Andrew Miller, the current resident 24 in a Cleveland Indians uniform, has been one of the more dominant relief pitchers in the game, earning his first two All-Star appearances in that span. Now, the 32-year-old lefty is in the final year of his contract with the Indians, and if he continues to pitch as well as he has over the last few years, he will likely outprice himself from the team’s future. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 25

March 4, 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 – 25 days

On July 29, Jim Thome will take his place among the other baseball immortals in Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame. Three weeks later, Thome will return home to Cleveland for part of the club’s Hall of Fame celebration in his honor on August 18. On that date, fans in attendance will receive a Thome giveaway jersey in a gesture that would seem to be linked to the likely retirement of his number 25 that evening.

While the Cleveland Indians have not formally announced that Thome’s jersey retirement will be part of the weekend ceremony honoring the club’s first Hall of Famer since Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven gained entrance in 2011, it seems a forgone conclusion that the Tribe will take the opportunity with the slugger in town to place his number among other Indians legends honored in such a way. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 26

March 3, 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 – 26 days

In this decade, the number 26 has found a home in Cleveland with veterans newly added to the roster. Read More