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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 50

February 7, 2018 |

Our countdown to the Cleveland Indians’ season opener in Seattle against the Mariners has reached 50 days. We at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 50 days

Like many numbers chronicled over the last nine days, the number 50 has long appeared on the backs of pitchers for the Cleveland Indians organization.

It made its debut in Cleveland in 1945, but was worn by catcher Gene Desautels in ten uneventful games that year. The light-hitting backstop, a career .233 hitter in 13 seasons in the Majors, was 1-for-9 that year with a single, a walk, and a strikeout. He spent four seasons with the club at the big league level. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 50

February 12, 2017 |

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

Countdown to Opening Day – 50 days

Like many numbers chronicled over the last nine days, the number 50 has long appeared on the backs of pitchers for the Cleveland Indians organization.

It made its debut in 1945, but was worn by catcher Gene Desautels in ten uneventful games in 1945. The light-hitting backstop, a career .233 hitter in 13 seasons in the Majors, was 1-for-9 that season with a single, a walk, and a strikeout. He spent four seasons with the club at the big league level. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 50

February 14, 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 – 50 days

Like many numbers chronicled over the last nine days, the number 50 has long appeared on the backs of pitchers for the Cleveland Indians organization.

It made its debut in 1945, worn by catcher Gene Desautels in ten uneventful games in 1945. The light-hitting backstop, a career .233 hitter in 13 seasons in the Majors, was 1-for-9 that season with a single, a walk, and a strikeout. He spent four seasons with the club at the big league level. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: The 10th Man

September 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 influence that the Cleveland fans had on the ’95 team.

The 1995 Indians may have come up just short of their ultimate goal of winning the World Series, but you wouldn’t have known it from the outpouring of love the team received from their city.

“Everywhere you went there was Chief Wahoo in every yard,” starting pitcher Charles Nagy said. “The way the fans would come out—they would line our parking lot after the games—it was outstanding.”

“We would always feel like we had a home field advantage here with those fans that we had,” reliever Julian Tavarez added. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Bizarre Game Ends with Belle Blast—Indians 4, Blue Jays 3

August 30, 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 August 30, 1995.

A game that had a little bit of everything, of course, still wound up going the Indians way.

Albert Belle’s walk-off, solo homerun followed a game-tying sacrifice fly from Carlos Baerga in the bottom of the 14th inning as the Indians came back again to defeat the defending World Champion Blue Jays by a score of 4-3. It was the Indians eighth walk-off homerun of the season—the second against Toronto and the second for Belle—and pushed their record to a perfect 10-0 in extra innings. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Mesa’s Streak Ends, but Sandy Saves Closer—Indians 6, Tigers 5

August 25, 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 August 25, 1995.

One trend for the 1995 season ended on Friday night, but another one just kept right on going.

Even after Tribe closer Jose Mesa blew his first save of the season after starting out a Major League record 38 for 38, the Indians still were able to defeat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on some more Jacobs Field magic—this one a walk-off homerun by catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr. in the bottom of the 11th inning. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Julian Tavarez

August 8, 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 #9 Julian Tavarez.

The Cleveland Indians have had four Rookie of the Year Award winners in their franchise history.  Herb Score was the first Indian to win the award in 1955, Chris Chambliss won it in 1971, Joe Charboneau in 1980 and Sandy Alomar most recently in 1990.  Chambliss, Charboneau and Alomar were all bright spots on some pretty bad teams their first seasons, with Chambliss and the ’71 squad losing over 100 games.  Score, on the other hand, helped to lead the ’55 Tribe to a strong 93-61 record.  The southpaw was fantastic, winning 16 games with a 2.85 ERA and striking out 245 batters which was tops in baseball.  The Indians finished in second place, three games behind Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees, but Score’s impact was certainly felt in the AL pennant race.

It had been since Score’s ’55 season that an Indians rookie had a big impact on a contending team.  The real problem was that the Indians didn’t have many contenders from the 50’s through the mid 90’s, but a rookie presence like Score’s had not been felt in Cleveland in four decades.

That string stopped in 1995.

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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

The Greatest Summer Ever: The Intimidation Factor

July 4, 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 intimidation that the Tribe’s mighty lineup evoked on the opposition.

What exactly made the 1995 Indians so special?

It wasn’t just the 100 wins in 144 tries. Nor was it just the 27 wins in their last at bat or the 12 walk-off wins—nine of which were homeruns. It wasn’t even the fact that nearly half of the Tribe’s victories that summer were of the comeback variety.

What made the 1995 Cleveland Indians so special was that they were bad asses and everybody knew it…including themselves. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Building on ‘94

April 11, 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 idea of picking up where the 1994 team left off.

Around almost all of Major League Baseball, the 1995 season started with anger, disinterest and animosity. The 1994 baseball season had stopped abruptly on August 12 because of a player’s strike and the playoffs and World Series were cancelled on September 14. Fans across America were outraged at the greed of the players, the greed of the owners and the overall attitude that money was everything.

In Cleveland, however, the 1995 season was welcomed with open arms as the young and exciting Indians offered the city hope, excitement and an electricity that the suffering sports town had not seen since the Cleveland Browns of the mid to late 1980’s. Read More