While two years ago, the Cleveland Indians edged out the Atlanta Braves at home, 5-4, to extend their World Series dreams to a sixth game, this date in 1997 brought about heartache from Pro Player Stadium in Miami. It was there that the Indians came within two outs of ending a 49-year title drought, but instead returned home losers in Game 7 by a 3-2 final in eleven innings.
The Cleveland Indians (86-75) advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons as they knock off the American League Wild Card team, the Baltimore Orioles (98-64), by a 1-0 decision in eleven innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Longtime Indians pitching staff member Charles Nagy is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
A star in the making after a solid effort in the 1988 Baseball World Cup, he was drafted by Cleveland in the first round of that season’s draft with the 17th pick overall. He debuted on June 29th, 1990, against the California Angels and became a staple of the rotation, not missing a start from October 3rd, 1993 (the final game at Cleveland Stadium), through May 16th, 2000. He made the All-Star team in 1992, 1996, and 1999, and was the starting pitcher of the game in 1996.
He wasn’t the biggest star or flashiest performer on those great Indians teams of the 1990s. But Charles Nagy had no problem being unheralded.
Nagy, who turns 49 on Thursday, also had no problem taking the ball every five days and eating innings as a stalwart but unheralded starter for the Indians. And he didn’t mind the lack of attention.
With the election this past week of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza to the Hall of Fame, it is an opportune time to ask the question – who should the Cleveland Indians consider honoring at Progressive Field?
Seven former Indians players have been previously honored, either in number or statue or both. Four have had their uniform number retired – Earl Averill, Lou Boudreau, Mel Harder and Bob Lemon. Jim Thome has a statue in his honor, and both Bob Feller and Larry Doby have been memorialized with both a statue and their number retired. What is significant is that of these seven stars of Cleveland Indians history, only Thome played in a single game after the 1958 season. Therefore it is time to consider some players of the more recent eras to be honored at Progressive Field.