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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 20, 2018

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Today in Tribe History: June 11, 1976

June 11, 2018 |

A pinch-hit, two-out, two-run home run in the 13th inning by Frank Robinson gives the Indians a 5-4 walk-off win over the Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Stadium on Bill Veeck Night. Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 8, 1975

April 8, 2018 |

On a historic day for Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians defeat the New York Yankees, 5-3, on Opening Day. 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

Robinson’s Playing Career Ended Quietly 41 Years Ago this Week

September 20, 2017 |

On a cloudy but pleasant night on the lakefront 41 years ago this week at Municipal Stadium, a Hall of Fame career ended in front of fewer than 8,000 fans.

The nightcap of a doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles marked the last appearance as a player by Frank Robinson, who had been hired as the Indians’ manager to replace Ken Aspromonte, who was fired after the 1974 season. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 11, 1976

June 11, 2017 |

A pinch-hit, two-out, two-run home run in the 13th inning by Frank Robinson gives the Indians a 5-4 walk-off win over the Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Stadium on Bill Veeck Night. Read More

The Judge Gets a Permanent Place to Hold Court at Progressive Field

May 27, 2017 |

Prior to Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians will recognize longtime player and manager Frank Robinson with a statue during a ceremony at Heritage Park at Progressive Field.

Robinson will become the fourth former member of the organization to be honored in such a way by the club, joining Bob Feller, Larry Doby, and Jim Thome. Another former Indians player-manager, Lou Boudreau, will also be added to the collection of bronzed guardians at the ball park later this season. Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 8, 1975

April 8, 2017 |

On a historic day for Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians defeat the New York Yankees, 5-3, on Opening Day. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 20 – Rajai and The Judge

March 14, 2017 |

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 20

Rajai Davis might not have been the longest to wear 20 for Cleveland and was hardly the best to do so, but with one magical swing in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, he permanently etched his name into Indians lore.

The veteran outfielder provided a surprise jolt to the Indians lineup last season and his absence will be felt in the coming season as no player on the roster currently will replace his league-leading 43 stolen bases and electric attitude and effort that he provided the club, both on and off the field during the Indians’ run to the final moments of the 2016 season. His high-flying high-fives with teammates after wins became a common sight as the season went on and the team kept winning. He brought with him years of experience, including years of struggling to latch on to roster spots in the early portions of his career. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 33

March 1, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 33 days

The number 33 has a curious place in Indians history. It has been worn by a handful of prolific sluggers, generally outside of their glory years on the diamond, and at other times was on the backs of some of the better pitchers on the roster through the 1960s.

It may be unfortunate that a number linked to some great hitters was tarnished some over the last few years after being claimed by Nick Swisher. The large sum of money given to the one-time free agent, returning from the Big Apple to his former Ohio stomping grounds, may go down as one of the worst expenditures in the long history of the Indians franchise. To be fair, injuries took the wind out of Swisher’s sails and the pressures of being a cleanup hitter in the Tribe’s lineup were expectations he never was able to live up to fully. Now, Swisher has formally hung up the cleats after brief time in Atlanta and back in the minors with the New York Yankees last season and will assume the full-time roles of father and husband before his inevitable sports media career begins.

Prior to Swisher, fans trying to recall some of their favorite seasons in recent Cleveland memory may recall a pair of forces in the lineup that both contributed to playoff teams. Read More

Two New Statues Announced as Part of Indians’ 2017 Promotional Schedule

January 24, 2017 | | One Comment

Excitement for the upcoming 2017 Major League Baseball season is already building as the Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday morning their promotional calendar for the year.

In addition to the usual array of giveaway jerseys, bobbleheads, and wearables and the various dollar dog and fireworks nights, the team also announced that two of the club’s all-time greats – Lou Boudreau and Frank Robinson – will be honored this season with statues outside of the right field gate. Read More

Robinson’s Accomplishments Honored with his Place in Indians Hall of Fame

July 28, 2016 | | One Comment

His time in Cleveland may have been short, but Frank Robinson’s legacy as a member of the Indians organization is one that changed the game of baseball forever.

His accomplishments will be honored on Saturday when the Indians induct Robinson into their Hall of Fame on July 30, along with former players Albert Belle, Jim Thome, and the late Charlie Jamieson.

Robinson, who will turn 81 on August 31, is not expected to be in attendance. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 11, 1976

June 11, 2016 |

A pinch-hit two-out, two-run home run in the 13th inning by Frank Robinson gives the Indians a 5-4 walk-off win over the Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Stadium on Bill Veeck Night. Read More