The 89th edition of the Midsummer Classic has arrived, with the annual exhibition set to take place at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 17. The Indians are well-represented for the second straight season, sending six players to the contest.
The game may not mean as much as it used to, with the advent of daily interleague play around the country, and it no longer has bearing on home field advantage for the World Series, but it still remains a great opportunity to watch some of the greats of the game take the field in competitive action.
Cleveland will be represented this year by starting third baseman Jose Ramirez, backups Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, and Francisco Lindor, and pitcher Trevor Bauer. Corey Kluber was selected to the club but will not participate due to injury.
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 – 5 days
Number five on our countdown is one of the handful of players honored in Indians history with a retired number. He was a man who held two very distinct titles during his tenure in Cleveland and several more nicknames for good measure. Whether you called him “Old Shufflefoot”, “Handsome Lou”, “Boy Wonder”, “The Good Kid”, or skipper, Lou Boudreau was one thing in the end – a Hall of Famer.
The Indians honored Boudreau on August 5th last season with a statue outside of Progressive Field, where he was immortalized alongside former teammates Bob Feller and Larry Doby, legendary slugger Jim Thome, and fellow former player-manager Frank Robinson, who was recognized earlier in the year.
Happy first day of Cactus League play for the Cleveland Indians as they start the spring schedule against the Cincinnati Reds. Join us at Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.
Countdown to Opening Day – 34 days
Two future Cy Young award winners in Cleveland, one future league Most Valuable Player, and an American League Rookie of the Year spent time in the number 34 for the Cleveland Indians. None of those apply to the current wearer of the number, Zach McAllister, but it does not take anything away from his role in the team’s bullpen for the year ahead.
The Indians suddenly found themselves in the market for a manager after the 1941 season.
Although Cy Slapnicka was celebrated as a scout, unearthing pitching talent like Mel Harder, Herb Score, Bob Lemon, and, most famously, Bob Feller, he had a rough go as the team’s general manager. After missing out on the pennant in 1940, the Indians ended up four games below .500 in a tie for fourth place – 26 games behind the pennant-winning Yankees. Slapnicka, who had had a heart attack in 1938, wanted to return to scouting, which he said was his first love. After one year as manager, Roger Peckinpaugh was promoted to the front office, but that opened a vacancy in the Indians’ dugout.
And as it turned out, the new manager was found in the Tribe dugout as well.
In front of a reported crowd of 500 at Griffith Stadium, the Cleveland Indians pull off a triple play in the fifth inning. It does not help their final score, however, as despite rallying to tie the game in the ninth, they fall 10-9 to the Washington Senators.