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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | February 17, 2018

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Today in Tribe History: February 3, 2013

February 3, 2018 |

Steve Demeter, possibly best known for being traded to the Cleveland Indians from the Detroit Tigers straight up for young slugging first baseman Norm Cash, passes away. He was 78 years old. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 55

February 2, 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 – 55 days

Unlike some of the other numbers on our daily countdown thus far, the number 55 has been far more likely to settle into a home on the back of a player in the city of Cleveland than to be used by a short-time player.

Roberto Perez is the current owner of the double-five for the Indians and has laid claim to it for parts of the last four seasons as the only number he has worn during his big league career. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 2, 2011

February 2, 2018 |

Three former Cleveland Indians players – Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, and Candy Maldonado – are selected as part of the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2011. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 56

February 1, 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 – 56 days

The number 56 has seen plenty of usage in Cleveland Indians history, but oftentimes, it wound up on the backs of men who spent little time in town and bounced all around during their professional careers. Given that fact, it seems fitting that the first player to claim the digits as his own in both Indians and Major League history earned the moniker “Suitcase Bob” because of being a frequently relocated player in the golden days of baseball. Read More

Former Tribe Slugger Gamble Passes Away at 68

February 1, 2018 | | One Comment

His incredible head of hair may have gotten the majority of attention, but underneath it, Oscar Gamble had himself a steady and lengthy career on the baseball diamond.

The longtime Major League slugger passed away on Wednesday at a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, after battling ameloblastic carcinoma, a tumor that attacks the jaw. He was 68. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 1, 1896

February 1, 2018 |

Future Indians General Manager Frank Lane is born in Cincinnati. Read More

Martinez to Miss Six Months After Rupturing Achilles

January 31, 2018 |

When the Indians reunited once again with Michael Martinez on a free agent contract in the offseason, there were some concerns about what role, if any, the 35-year-old could have with the club this coming season.

In the ideal situation, he would have only been seen in the case of a significant injury to one of the Tribe’s infielders or utility men. Instead, a major injury and the surgery to correct it will knock Martinez out for the majority of the coming season before it even begins. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 57

January 31, 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 – 57 days

The Kyle Crockett era in Cleveland (and mainly, Columbus) ended following the 2017 season when he was a roster casualty for the Indians. On the 40-man roster, but not finding the pitching mound often at Progressive Field, the 26-year-old left-handed reliever was designated for assignment by the Tribe and scooped up by the Cincinnati Reds. Relocated to the opposite end of Ohio, Crockett will have a chance to make a difference with a young Reds club.

The new locale could do his career some good as Crockett, for one reason or another, never stuck in Cleveland despite being granted a quick opportunity to play at the Major League level. Read More

1963 Hall of Fame Inductions had a Cleveland Feel

January 31, 2018 |

This year, the Baseball Hall of Fame came calling for Jim Thome – who’ll go into Cooperstown wearing an Indians cap – and Jack Morris, whose career ended with a brief stint in Cleveland.

It’s not an uncommon occurrence to see two inductees in the same year who have played all or part of their careers with the Indians (prior to this year, it last happened in 2011, with Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven). Rarer still is three inductees from the Indians. That only happened once, in 1937, when Cy Young, Napoleon Lajoie and Tris Speaker were inducted in the second class.

But in 1963, three former players were inducted with ties to Cleveland baseball – all of whom played at League Park.
That year, only the veterans committee voted, and the inductees included Elmer Flick, Sam Rice and John Clarkson. Flick and Rice both played for the Indians, but Clarkson, a posthumous inductee, ended his career more than 70 years earlier with the Cleveland Spiders. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 31, 1977

January 31, 2018 |

A pair of former Indians gain entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame as the Special Veterans Committee selects Joe Sewell and Al Lopez to join Amos Rusie as part of the Class of ’77. Read More

Louis Sockalexis: Separating Fact from Myth

January 30, 2018 |

Given the high number of searches today, quite likely in light of the news of Chief Wahoo’s removal from Indians’ uniforms beginning with the 2019 season, here is a story originally penned April 15, 2015, by DTTWLN’s own Vince Guerrieri. – BT

Most Indians fans know the story of Louis Sockalexis.

The Penobscot Indian spent a short time in Cleveland playing for the city’s National League entry, the Spiders, but in a major league career that spanned 94 games, he impressed the fans and his teammates so much that fans cried out to name the team in his honor.

It’s a nice story – of dubious veracity. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 58

January 30, 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 – 58 days

The number 58 may be a bit of a bad omen for its wearers, at least in Cleveland Indians history. Many have worn it, but few have parlayed that time and opportunity into an extended stay, either in an Indians uniform or among the remaining Major League options from which to choose.

The most recent to sport 58 on the field for the Tribe was T.J. House, a soft-tossing left-hander who impressed with a surprise effort in his debut season in 2014. Read More