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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 22, 2019

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Today in Tribe History: August 28, 1983

August 28, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians trade starting pitcher Len Barker to the Atlanta Braves for players to be named later and $150,000. Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 9, 1981

August 9, 2019 |

Baseball is back after a strike midseason as the All-Star Game takes place in front of a Midsummer Classic record crowd of 72,086 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Read More

Barker’s Perfect Game in 1981 Remains Last No-No for Tribe

May 15, 2019 |

Len Barker, getting the sign from Ron Hassey. Ernie Whitt stands in. Wind up, here it comes. Fly ball, center field. Manning coming on, he’s there…he catches it! Len Barker has pitched a no-hitter! A perfect game for Len Barker! The stands erupt, the players go out, Len Barker being surrounded on the field. He has made baseball history here tonight. Len Barker has pitched a perfect ball game. Faces 27 men, retires them all, eleven strikeouts. Len Barker being mobbed on the field, the Cleveland Indians win it, 3-0. – Herb Score’s call of Barker’s perfect game

Thirty-eight years ago today, the Cleveland Indians recorded the last no-hitter and perfect game in team history. I may be dating myself a great deal, but I was just a twinkle in an eye when the Indians added another name to the history book with the no-hitter and perfect game.

With the talented group of starting pitchers in the rotation over the last few years, it may be something of a surprise that the Indians have not been able to hold an opposing club hitless over the course of nine innings. Baseball has changed dramatically, with an influx of strikeouts and an emphasis on scoring with one mighty swing of the bat. While on several occasions the Tribe has flirted with history, they have not been able to complete the feat last accomplished when Len Barker, on May 15, 1981, lifted his leg high and tight on a 1-2 pitch to Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ernie Whitt, inducing a fly ball to center field. Rick Manning raced in, arms extended straight out as though he were flying. He raised both arms above his head and he secured the catch before beginning his sprint to the mound with several high hops in celebration of the 27th and final out of Barker’s perfect game. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 15, 1981

May 15, 2019 |

Len Barker joins baseball’s elite as he throws a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Stadium in a 3-0 win. Read More

Indians, Blue Jays Share Strange No-Hit History

April 10, 2019 |

Last week, Trevor Bauer scuffled his way through seven no-hit innings for the Indians. The bullpen held on until the ninth inning, when Brad Hand lost the no-hitter and the shutout, although the Tribe still won.

Of course, it was against the Blue Jays – and not just because they’ve been one of the few teams this year with an offense even more anemic than the Tribe’s. Toronto has had a strange relationship with the Indians when it comes to no-hit games.

The Blue Jays – along with the Mariners – joined the American League as expansion teams in 1977. Four years later, the Jays were the victims of Len Barker’s perfect game, in weather not unlike what we saw last Thursday, a cold day early in the season in front of a small crowd. Barker’s perfect game remains the last no-hitter to date by an Indians pitcher. (There’s only been one other no-hitter by the Indians since the Jays started play: Dennis Eckersley’s Memorial Day no-no against the Angels in 1977.) Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39 – Oliver Perez

February 17, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 39 days

Where would the Indians’ bullpen have been in 2018 if not for the mid-year acquisition of left-handed reliever Oliver Perez?

Scooped up at the beginning of June as a free agent after being released from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees, the 35-year-old Perez flourished in Cleveland with one of his better seasons on the mound since becoming a full-time reliever. Despite missing the first two months of the big league schedule while working with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at the Triple-A level, Perez put up impressive numbers of all sorts during his 16th season on a Major League mound while donning the number 39 for the first time in the Bigs. Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 28, 1983

August 28, 2018 |

The Cleveland Indians trade starting pitcher Len Barker to the Atlanta Braves for players to be named later and $150,000. Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 9, 1981

August 9, 2018 |

Baseball is back after a strike midseason as the All-Star Game takes place in front of a Midsummer Classic record crowd of 72,086 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Read More

Tribe’s No-Hitter Drought Reaches 37 Years

May 15, 2018 |

Len Barker, getting the sign from Ron Hassey. Ernie Whitt stands in. Wind up, here it comes. Fly ball, center field. Manning coming on, he’s there…he catches it! Len Barker has pitched a no-hitter! A perfect game for Len Barker! The stands erupt, the players go out, Len Barker being surrounded on the field. He has made baseball history here tonight. Len Barker has pitched a perfect ball game. Faces 27 men, retires them all, eleven strikeouts. Len Barker being mobbed on the field, the Cleveland Indians win it, 3-0. – Herb Score’s call of Barker’s perfect game

It has now been 37 years since Len Barker lifted his leg high and tight on a 1-2 pitch to Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ernie Whitt, inducing a fly ball to center field. Rick Manning raced in, arms extended straight out as though he were flying. He raised both arms above his head and he secured the catch before beginning his ascent to the mound with several high hops in celebration of the 27th and final out of Barker’s perfect game. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 15, 1981

May 15, 2018 |

Len Barker joins baseball’s elite as he throws a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Stadium in a 3-0 win. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39

February 18, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 39 days

The Indians have had plenty of representation on the field in the number 39 during the Jacobs Field and Progressive Field era of their club, but the best years by players in the digits came during some very down and lean years in Tribe history. Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 28, 1983

August 28, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians trade starting pitcher Len Barker to the Atlanta Braves for players to be named later and $150,000. Read More