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When Jackie Robinson Played in Cleveland

April 15, 2018 |

While weather played havoc with the annual celebration of the life of Jackie Robinson, the lighter MLB schedule does not prohibit us at Did The Tribe Win Last Night from looking back at the time Robinson’s playing career brought him through the city of Cleveland.

On April 15th of every year, Major League Baseball takes pause to recognize the contributions of Jackie Robinson to the advancement of African-Americans and minorities as a whole in professional sports and, in a much larger construct, in the society as we know it today.

Teams honor the life and legacy of Robinson by removing their traditional names and numbers from the backs of their jerseys, instead wearing a nameless #42, which returns to diamonds across the country on the anniversary of his breaking of the color barrier. While inclement weather at stops all across the country led to the cancellation of a half dozen games on Sunday, it will lead to an extended commemoration of Robinson as those 42 jerseys will be “unretired” again during make-up games in May and June for the ten affected clubs. Read More

When Jackie Robinson Played in Cleveland

April 15, 2016 |

On April 15th of every year, Major League Baseball takes pause to recognize the contributions of Jackie Robinson to the advancement of African-Americans (and minorities as a whole) in professional sports and, in a much larger construct, society.

Robinson had been playing for the Kansas City Monarchs when he was signed by Branch Rickey’s Brooklyn Dodgers in August of 1945. He played minor league ball in Montreal with the Royals in 1946 preceding his Major League debut on April 15, 1947. In a hitless 0-for-3 at the plate, Robinson shook the world as it was known and doors began to open, including one less than three months later in Cleveland when owner Bill Veeck acquired Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles in a cash exchange. The legacies of Robinson and Doby would forever be entwined when Doby put on an Indians uniform and took the field for the first time on July 5, 1947.

Robinson was 28 when he reached the biggest stage of all and played first base, not the second base for which he was much better known. He hit .297, had an on-base percentage of .383, and led the league with 29 stolen bases and the MLB with 28 sacrifices and earned the Rookie of the Year award after appearing in 151 games for the Dodgers. Read More

Buckeyes Get Glimpse of Greatness — and Victory — When Monarchs Come to Town

December 16, 2015 |

The Cleveland Buckeyes started out as an Ohio team, with the plan to play home games in Cincinnati and Cleveland. But they proved more popular in Northern Ohio than Southern Ohio (and travel distance became a problem), and soon made Cleveland their permanent home.

Cincinnati then became home to the Clowns, who began as an independent barnstorming team, the Ethiopian Clowns. They then split their time between Cincinnati and Indianapolis (ultimately making Indianapolis their full-time home starting in 1946). And after the debacle in the night game the previous week at Municipal Stadium between the Buckeyes and the Birmingham Black Barons, the Clowns would be coming to Cleveland for a two-game series, one at League Park and one under the lights on the lakefront. Read More

Dodgers Spank Indians in Sunday Night Exhibition; Dodgers 6, Indians 2

December 3, 2015 |

June 14, 1948

Occupants of the second division of the National League, the Brooklyn Dodgers, beat the Cleveland Indians, leaders of the American League, in an exhibition Sunday night, 6-2.

The crowd of 12,622 enjoyed the game, a charity benefit. All the proceeds from last night’s contest helped the Brooklyn Amateur Baseball Federation. The game raised $15,000 for the sandlot ball players of Flatbush. When the two teams complete the home-and-home series on July 14 in Cleveland, the gate receipts will benefit the Cleveland Baseball Federation. Read More

Dodgers Spank Indians in Sunday Night Exhibition; Dodgers 6, Indians 2

November 18, 2013 |

June 14, 1948

Occupants of the second division of the National League, the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Cleveland Indians, leaders of the American League, in an exhibition Sunday night, 6-2.

The crowd of 12,622 enjoyed the game, a charity benefit. All the proceeds from last night’s contest helped the Brooklyn Amateur Baseball Federation. The game raised $15,000 for the sandlot ball players of Flatbush. When the two teams complete the home-and-home series on July 14 in Cleveland, the gate receipts will benefit the Cleveland Baseball Federation.

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