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

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Tribe’s No-Hitter Drought Reaches 37 Years

May 15, 2018 |

Len Barker, getting the sign from Ron Hassey. Ernie Whitt stands in. Wind up, here it comes. Fly ball, center field. Manning coming on, he’s there…he catches it! Len Barker has pitched a no-hitter! A perfect game for Len Barker! The stands erupt, the players go out, Len Barker being surrounded on the field. He has made baseball history here tonight. Len Barker has pitched a perfect ball game. Faces 27 men, retires them all, eleven strikeouts. Len Barker being mobbed on the field, the Cleveland Indians win it, 3-0. – Herb Score’s call of Barker’s perfect game

It has now been 37 years since Len Barker lifted his leg high and tight on a 1-2 pitch to Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ernie Whitt, inducing a fly ball to center field. Rick Manning raced in, arms extended straight out as though he were flying. He raised both arms above his head and he secured the catch before beginning his ascent to the mound with several high hops in celebration of the 27th and final out of Barker’s perfect game. Read More

Today in Tribe History: September 18, 1908

September 18, 2017 |

Bob Rhoads tosses the first no-hitter in Cleveland Naps history as they defeat the Boston Red Sox, 2-1. Read More

Indians’ 1908 Season Featured Two No-Hitters, Wild Finish

October 24, 2016 |

***editor’s note: this story was originally published on 9/23/15.

The 1908 season – like so many since – ended in disappointment for Cleveland baseball fans.

But it was a wild ride for the last two weeks of the season.

Going into the series with the Boston Red Sox on September 17, the Naps were in second place in the American League, tied with the Detroit Tigers in the win column with 78, but with four more losses, putting them two back with 16 to play.

The Naps – still named for player-manager Napolean Lajoie – took the first game, a 1-0 shutout, but gained no ground. The following day, pitcher Bob Rhoads was in less than top form, loading the bases on a couple occasions and letting in an unearned run in the second inning. He walked Doc Gessler, who advanced to second on a sacrifice by Jack Thoney. Heinie Wagner’s grounder was fumbled by Lajoie, putting Gessler on third, and a wild pitch scored him for the Red Sox to take the lead. Read More

Today in Tribe History: September 18, 1908

September 18, 2016 |

Bob Rhoads tosses the first no-hitter in Cleveland Naps history as they defeat the Boston Red Sox, 2-1. Read More

1908 Season Featured Two No-Hitters, Wild Finish

September 23, 2015 |

The 1908 season – like so many since – ended in disappointment for Cleveland baseball fans.

But it was a wild ride for the last two weeks of the season.

Going into the series with the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 17, the Blues were in second place in the American League, tied with the Tigers in the win column with 78, but with four more losses, putting them two back with 16 to play.

The Naps – still named for player-manager Napolean Lajoie – took the first game, a 1-0 shutout, but gained no ground. The following day, pitcher Bob Rhoads was in less than top form, loading the bases on a couple occasions and letting in an unearned run in the second inning. He walked Doc Gessler, who advanced to second on a sacrifice by Jack Thoney. Heinie Wagner’s grounder was fumbled by Lajoie, putting Gessler on third, and a wild pitch scored him for the Red Sox to take the lead. Read More

Today in Tribe History: September 18, 1908

September 18, 2015 |

1908Bob Rhoads tosses the first no-hitter in Cleveland Naps history as they defeat the Boston Red Sox, 2-1.

“Dusty”, the Wooster, Ohio, native, was in his seventh season with Cleveland. The win did not come easy, as he … Read More