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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 20, 2017

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Today in Tribe History: July 17, 1941

July 17, 2017 |

The Indians play spoilers in front of 67,468 fans at Cleveland Stadium as pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby Jr. end the 56-game hitting streak of New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio. It would not be enough to get the win, however, as the Bronx Bombers claim the victory, 4-3. Read More

Today in Tribe History: November 5, 1922

November 5, 2016 |

Cleveland Indians pitcher Jim Bagby is acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates through a waiver claim. Read More

Today in Tribe History: July 17, 1941

July 17, 2016 |

The Indians play spoilers in front of 67,468 fans at Cleveland Stadium as pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby Jr. end the 56-game hitting streak of New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio. It would not be enough to get the win, however, as the Bronx Bombers claim the victory, 4-3. Read More

Today in Tribe History: November 5, 1922

November 5, 2015 |

Cleveland Indians pitcher Jim Bagby joins the Pittsburgh Pirates through waivers.

Bagby was an instrumental member of the Indians’ championship team of 1920. After leading the league with 31 wins, 48 games pitched, 30 complete games, and 339 2/3 innings … Read More

Today in Tribe History: July 17, 1941

July 17, 2015 |

1941 – The Indians play spoilers in front of 67,468 fans at Cleveland Stadium as pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby Jr. end the 56-game hitting streak of New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio. It would not be enough to … Read More

After the 1920 Championship Season

February 27, 2015 |

The 1920 World Championship was the high mark for the Indians, who had reached baseball’s pinnacle after finishing second in the previous two years. It wouldn’t last.

The Yankees’ purchase of Babe Ruth was a game changer. The speed that people thought was lacking on the team as the season dawned turned out to be unnecessary, as it was more than replaced by power. Ruth ended the season with 54 home runs, and would hit 50 or more in a season four more times, including setting the record of 60 in 1927. With six pennants and three World Series wins in the next decade, the Yankees would become the power of the American League for the better part of the next half-century.

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Game 5 Turns into Instant Classic

February 17, 2015 |

There are certain World Series games that are instant classics, like Game 6 in 1975, when Carlton Fisk willed a home run fair to keep the Red Sox alive in the series. And Game 6 in 1986, when the Red Sox snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, giving the Mets new life.

And there are some that represent history. Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series was the first and to date only of its kind, and Game 6 in 1977 saw Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in three successive at-bats, each on the first pitch he saw from a different pitcher.

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Brooklyn Catches Breaks, Evens Series in Game 2

February 3, 2015 |

Indians manager Tris Speaker was fortunate enough that for game 2 of the 1920 World Series, he could send a 30-game winner to the mound. Jim Bagby would face off against Burleigh Grimes. Robins manager and namesake Wilbert Robinson pitched Rube Marquard in the opener because Ebbets Field, like League Park, had a short right field. Now down a game in the series, Robinson elected to go with his ace Grimes, who had won 23 games for the Robins that year.

In the bottom of the first, the Robins got on the board. Jimmy Johnston beat a throw from Joe Sewell to Doc Johnston to get on first, and then stole second. He came home after a Zack Wheat double.

Larry Gardner doubled to left to lead off the second inning. Doc Johnston tried to sacrifice to move Gardner to third, but Grimes fielded and Gardner was caught in a rundown. Joe Sewell popped out and Johnston tried – and failed – to steal second. Read More

Indians to face Brooklyn in World Series

January 23, 2015 |

The 1920 World Series would feature two teams in search of their first championship. But unlike the Indians, who were making their first appearance in the Fall Classic, their opponent, the Brooklyn Dodgers, were making their second appearance in four years.

The Dodgers had joined the National League in 1890, while Brooklyn was still its own city. The Dodgers – short for Trolley Dodgers, a reference to the streetcars that crossed the city – had been able to survive among several teams within the city, but as Brooklyn became a borough of New York City, the Dodgers played in the shadow of the New York Giants.

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Fix Allegations Leave World Series in Limbo as Tribe Clinches

January 20, 2015 |

The Indians departed Cleveland for St. Louis on Sept. 25 hanging on to a half-game lead in the American League. If ever there was a time to put it away, it would be against the Browns, a fourth-place team that the Indians had been able to handle throughout the year.

The Indians scored three in the first inning, but Ray Caldwell got shelled in the bottom half of the frame, giving up five runs. Indians player-manager Tris Speaker turned to George Uhle, a second-year player who had won 10 games in 1919. Uhle had made just six starts that year, and his ERA was up over 5. But that day, he threw six shutout innings and helped start a third-inning rally with a two-run double. Stan Coveleski came on for the save and the Indians won 7-5. Meanwhile, the White Sox beat the Tigers 8-1 to keep pace.

Duster Mails took the hill for the Indians at Sportsman’s Park on Sept. 27, and the Browns countered with Dixie Davis. Mails gave up a bases-loaded single to George Sisler, putting the Browns up 2-0, but settled in for his seventh win of the season as the Indians won 8-4. Charlie Jamieson picked a great time for his first home run, hitting a three-run shot in the top of the eighth. The White Sox shut out the Tigers that day, 2-0, and once again, the Indians remained half a game up. Read More

Tribe plays White Sox as World Series Fix Revealed

January 16, 2015 |

On Sept. 23, the Indians were clinging to a 1 ½ game lead over the White Sox as the two teams started a three-game series at League Park. There were 10 games left to play, and the pennant was still up for grabs.

But the White Sox had other things to worry about. The grand jury impaneled to look into allegations of the fixing of a Phillies-Cubs game had started hearing testimony that was regarded as unthinkable: That the White Sox had thrown the previous year’s World Series.

“The last World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds was not on the square,” Assistant State’s Attorney Hartley Replogle said. “From five to seven players on the White Sox team are involved.”

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Homestand Begins Amid Tribe Tragedy

December 9, 2014 |

On May 28, the Indians stopped in Pittsburgh for an exhibition game against the Pirates at Forbes Field. In-season exhibitions were surprisingly common during the year, and it wouldn’t be the last one the Tribe would play in the 1920 … Read More