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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 23, 2019

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Today in Tribe History: February 1, 2002

February 1, 2012 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

Six-time All-Star and former Tribe great Kenny Lofton agrees to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox. The 34-year center fielder, who has played with the Indians, Braves and Astros, has a .302 … Read More

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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Today in Tribe History: January 31, 1977

January 31, 2012 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

Two former Cleveland Indians, Joe Sewell and Al Lopez, are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Sewell batted .312 over 14 seasons with the Indians and Yankees. Lopez won four … Read More

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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Offseason Blog Swap: Pittsburgh Pirates

January 30, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

It appears I have one last blog swap in me before handing the reigns back over to Matt Van Wormer for the final two before Spring Training. This week we talk with Pat Lackey who runs a Pittsburgh Pirates blog, Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke? Not just are the Pirates close to Cleveland in proximity, but also in comparison in baseball economics. The Pirates have developed a young core of players and now find themselves trying to compete with bigger payroll teams in their division.

DTTWLN #1-The Pirates were a lot like the Indians in 2011, contenders for a while, then fading away in August and September. What happened to the Pirates that took them from first place in July to under .500 by season’s end?

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Today in Tribe History: January 30, 1978

January 30, 2012 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

Former Cleveland pitching great Addie Joss is elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee despite not meeting the minimum ten year service requirement. Joss played for Cleveland from 1902 until 1910.  … Read More

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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Today in Tribe History: January 29, 1958

January 29, 2012 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

The Cleveland Indians buy first baseman Mickey Vernon from the Boston Red Sox for the waiver price. The move pays off as the 40-year old Vernon makes his final All-Star appearance. Vernon would retire two years … Read More

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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Today in Tribe History: January 28, 1901

January 28, 2012 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

The American League as we know it is officially admitted and formed in Major League Baseball. Eight teams, including Cleveland, will form the new American League. This marks the official beginning of the Cleveland Indians franchise, … Read More

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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