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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 45 – Paul Assenmacher

February 12, 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 – 45 days

A total of 23 different players in Cleveland Indians’ history have donned the number 45, but none has done so for the length of time and the success that former Tribe left-hander Paul Assenmacher has. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 45 – Paul Assenmacher

February 17, 2017 |

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we dig through the archives to help count down to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 45 days

Of the 23 former Cleveland Indians to don the #45 on their back, no player wore it longer – or better – than former southpaw reliever Paul Assenmacher. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 45: Catching Up With Paul Assenmacher

February 19, 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 – 45 days

Of the 23 former Cleveland Indians to don the #45 on their back, no player wore it longer—or better—than former southpaw reliever Paul Assenmacher.

In Assenmacher’s five seasons with the Tribe, the team won five American League Central Division titles and went to the World Series twice. Assenmacher pitched in more games than any other Indian over the club’s most successful half-decade stretch and smiles bigger when looking back on his time in Cleveland than any of his other four Major League stops. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Murray’s Bat and Vizquel’s Glove Sink Milwaukee—Indians 4, Brewers 3

August 19, 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 19, 1995.

You know it’s your summer when you don’t play particularly well and you win anyways. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a sure-fire, first ballot Hall of Famer in your lineup either.

For the Major League-best 70th time this season, the Indians found a way to take home a victory—this time on a walk-off homerun by the veteran Eddie Murray—as they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Saturday night at Jacobs Field. 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

1995 Game Recap: Belle Slam Shows California Who’s the AL’s Boss—Indians 7, Angels 5

July 18, 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 July 18, 1995.

Another night at Jacobs Field, another walk-off homerun. This time, however, the feeling was so, so grand.

In a season filled with excitement and late-inning heroics, Albert Belle topped them all on Tuesday night with a walk-off grand slam off Angels closer Lee Smith to give the Indians a 7-5 victory over the California Angels. The heroic slam came two days after Manny Ramirez lit up another one of baseball’s best closers, Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley. The Tribe had trailed 5-3 entering the ninth inning on Tuesday, but got a spark from the top of their batting order and a little bit of help from Lady Luck. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Paul Assenmacher

July 14, 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 #13 Paul Assenmacher.

After the player’s strike ended in April of 1995, one of General Manager John Hart’s biggest objectives was to sign a left-handed reliever to add to the Indians bullpen.  Hart’s favorite free agent option that was available was steady veteran Paul Assenmacher.  Assenmacher had pitched previously with the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.  He was the true definition of a “crafty lefty”, using smoke and mirrors and a bunch of breaking pitches to get batters out.  Hart felt that Assenmacher’s style would be a great contrast to the other flame throwers in the Tribe ‘pen, and Assenmacher officially signed with the Tribe on April 10.

Hart got more than he could have been hoping for with Assenmacher, as the lefty made American League hitters look foolish for much of the season.  Used primarily as a LOOGY (Left-handed One Out Guy), Assenmacher had an ERA of 0.00 nearly until the All-Star break.  It wasn’t until a June 25 loss in Chicago (when White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura drove in a run with a single) that Assenmacher gave up an earned run.

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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 a Pennant Winner

May 2, 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 how the 1995 Indians roster was constructed.

After spending four decades out of first place, it was easy in 1995 to wonder how in the world the Cleveland Indians found themselves at the top of the baseball world. Wondering what they finally did right and why it took so long to do it was a legitimate question and fans that did not follow the team closely had to wonder:

Where in the world did these guys come from? Read More