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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 18, 2017

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Today in Tribe History: October 28, 1995

October 28, 2017 |

The Atlanta Braves allow just one hit and defeat the Cleveland Indians by a 1-0 final to win Game 6 and claim the World Series title. Read More

Today in Tribe History: July 9, 1996

July 9, 2017 |

Cleveland sends left-handed reliever Jim Poole to the San Francisco Giants for first baseman/outfielder Mark Carreon. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 62 – Jim Poole

January 31, 2017 |

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

Countdown to Opening Day – 62 days

The Cleveland Indians broke out the number 62 in the strike-shortened 1995 season when they signed free agent relief pitcher Jim Poole in mid-March. While he is easily the longest tenured and most successful Tribe player to sport the number, his claim to baseball immortality comes instead courtesy of one unfortunate pitch late in October in 1995.

Indians fans can remember it well, because it ultimately spelled the end of the first postseason run by the club since 1954. Read More

Today in Tribe History: July 9, 1996

July 9, 2016 |

Cleveland sends left-handed reliever Jim Poole to the San Francisco Giants for first baseman/outfielder Mark Carreon. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 62

February 2, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 62 days

The Cleveland Indians broke out the number 62 in the strike-shortened 1995 season when they signed free agent relief pitcher Jim Poole in mid-March. While he is easily the longest tenured and most successful Tribe player to sport the number, his claim to baseball immortality comes instead courtesy of one unfortunate pitch late in October in 1995.

Indians fans can remember it well, because it ultimately spelled the end of the first postseason run by the club since 1954. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 28, 1995

October 28, 2015 |

The Atlanta Braves allow just one hit and defeat the Cleveland Indians by a 1-0 final to win Game 6 and clinch the World Series title.

Indians starter Dennis Martinez gave it his all on the mound, lasting four and two-thirds scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and walked five in that short 82-pitch span, but somehow escaped harm’s way. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Bullpen Power

August 1, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at the awesome power of the ’95 bullpen.

It is hard not to look back at the 1995 Indians and think about their hitters. Albert Belle. Carlos Baerga. Kenny Lofton. Jim Thome. Manny Ramirez. Eddie Murray. Sandy Alomar. Omar Vizquel. It’s a Hall of Fame worthy lineup with several players that have Hall of Fame credentials. Defensively, the roster boasted 32 Gold Glove Awards as well, led by Vizquel’s 12 at shortstop.

In addition to the slugging offense, the starting pitcher quartet of Dennis Martinez, Orel Hershiser, Charles Nagy and Ken Hill also had 11 All-Star appearances between them with a Cy Young Award (Hershiser) and a perfect game (Martinez) to boot. With so much star-power, it is easy to forget about the other aspect of that roster that was equally as dominant as any other…but it wasn’t supposed to be. Read More

Today in Tribe History: July 9, 1996

July 9, 2015 |

1996 – Cleveland sends left-handed reliever Jim Poole to the San Francisco Giants for first baseman/outfielder Mark Carreon.

Poole had started the season 4-0 in 32 games of relief with a 3.04 ERA after joining the Indians in 1995. He … Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Jim Poole

June 9, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #19 Jim Poole.

The Indians knew that 1995 could be a special season before it began.  They had a young nucleus of budding superstar hitters and the makings of a solid, veteran starting rotation.  They had an idea and a hope that Jose Mesa could make a good closer, but the rest of the bullpen was a big question mark.  The bullpen in 1994 was one of the clubs weaker points.  Mesa and Eric Plunk were solid middle relievers, but after that there was Boston castoff Jeff Russell, rookie Paul Shuey, aging veteran Steve Farr, and struggling lefthander Derek Lilliquist.   No one in this cast seemed like they could help turn the Tribe from “good” into “great”.   General Manager John Hart knew that the ‘pen needed a makeover.

Hart got very busy with this bullpen project.  He and manager Mike Hargrove inserted rookie converted-starter Julian Tavarez into the backend of the bullpen with Mesa and claimed lefthander Dennis Cook off of waivers from the Chicago White Sox.  When the players strike ended, Hart signed veteran lefty Paul Assenmacher away from the White Sox and picked up former Baltimore Oriole Jim Poole to fill out the Tribe ‘pen.

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1995 Game Recap: Wait, Wait, Wait, Wait…Win!—Indians 10, Twins 9

May 7, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back May 7, 1995.

The 39,431 fans at Jacobs Field certainly got their money’s worth Sunday afternoon…and Sunday evening…and Sunday night. It was nearly dark by the time Kenny Lofton had singled home Manny Ramirez for the winning run at 7:43 PM, but the day that was long for everyone must have seemed even longer for the Minnesota Twins (4-7) as they fell to the Tribe (6-4) by a score of 10-9. Read More