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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 71 – Johnny Hodapp

January 22, 2017 |

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

Countdown to Opening Day – 71 days

The link between the Cleveland Indians organization and uniform numbers is a strong one, dating all the way back to June 26, 1916. At that time, they became the first Major League team to put numbers on their uniforms when they placed numbers on the left sleeves of the jerseys for a few weeks of that season and the season that followed. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 71

January 24, 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 – 71 days

The link between the Cleveland Indians organization and uniform numbers is a strong one, dating all the way back to June 26, 1916. At that time, they became the first Major League team to put numbers on their uniforms when they placed numbers on the left sleeves of the jerseys for a few weeks of that season and the one that followed.

The St. Louis Cardinals did similar in 1923, but their experiment also ended after then-Cardinals manager Branch Rickey, reflecting in 1962 back to the early days of the numbers, recalled that the players were ridiculed and criticized by both fans and opposing players and that it ultimately was decided they were bad for team morale.

In 1929, the New York Yankees announced that they were going to wear numbers on their jersey backs and shortly thereafter, the Indians announced their intentions to do the same. While the Yankees are often credited as being the first club to do so, the Indians actually beat them to the punch, as the Yankees home opener that season was rained out, while the Indians were not ill-affected by weather that same day and got to the field with them first. Read More