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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | July 19, 2019

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Rocky Colavito

‘I love Cleveland and I always will’: Colavito Overwhelmed in Return to Town

July 6, 2019 |

Age has caught up with Rocky Colavito.

The dark hair has gone white. He’s fought off cancer, had a quadruple bypass after a heart attack, and lost a leg to complications by diabetes. At his event Friday night at the Keybank State Theater in Playhouse Square, he was wheeled out on stage and helped into a chair.

But the love was still there. Colavito, a fan favorite whose trade to the Tigers incensed his legions of rooters, was subject to a sustained standing ovation when he appeared on stage. And he was just as overjoyed to see the crowd as they were to see him.

“I love you all,” he said. “I love Cleveland and I always will.” Read More

New Book Offers Complete Portrait of ‘The Rock’

July 2, 2019 |

Like most baseball fans of a certain age, Mark Sommer was an admirer of Rocky Colavito.

The Bronx-born slugger came to Cleveland in 1955 and quickly became a fan favorite, thanks to his offensive prowess and what were described as matinee idol good looks. In fact, Sommer even owned a copy of “Don’t Knock the Rock,” the book written by former Plain Dealer Sports Editor Gordon Cobbledick in 1966.

Sommer revisited the book years later, and found it less than comprehensive, no doubt written quickly to capitalize on Colavito’s return to Cleveland six years after his unceremonious departure. He also found that Colavito, despite being one of the most popular ballplayers of his day, had no biography written about him since. So he set out to do it himself. Read More

Colavito Busts Slump in Major Way – With Four Home Runs

June 10, 2019 |

On June 10, 1959, Rocky Colavito was in the middle of a slump, having gotten three hits in his previous 28 at-bats.

It was a long fall from the previous season, when the young slugger with the matinee-idol good looks had clubbed 41 home runs, good for second in the American League. And the Indians, who were fading from contention, were playing the Orioles at Memorial Stadium – not known for its hitter-friendly dimensions. And to top it off, a throwing error the night before by Colavito sparked a rally for the Orioles to win.

But the next day, Colavito had a game for the ages that day – which remains his proudest moment as a major leaguer. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 10, 1959

June 10, 2019 |

Rocky Colavito slams four home runs in a row, establishing an Indians record, and Cleveland hits six in the game to defeat Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 11-8. Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 17, 1960

April 17, 2019 |

Cleveland and Detroit pull off a surprising swap just before the start of the season, as the Indians acquire reigning American League batting champ Harvey Kuenn for last season’s leader in home runs in the AL, Rocky Colavito. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 21

March 7, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe, but we are just three short weeks away from the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day with the retired number of Bob Lemon and the many faces to also claim it as their own.

Countdown to Opening Day – 21 days

In 1998, Cleveland retired the number 21 in honor of longtime Tribe player Bob Lemon, whose transition from a position player to a quality starting pitcher led to seven trips to the Midsummer Classic, a leading role on the 1948 and 1954 American League champion Indians teams, a no-hitter, and ultimately, a spot in Cooperstown in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

But while Lemon last wore the number on the field as a player with the Indians in 1958, several big names would honor the work that he had done in the jersey with quality careers in a Cleveland uniform in the years after him. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 10, 1959

June 10, 2018 |

Rocky Colavito slams four home runs in a row, establishing an Indians record, and Cleveland hits six in the game to defeat Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 11-8. Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 17, 1960

April 17, 2018 |

Cleveland and Detroit pull off a surprising swap just before the start of the season, as the Indians acquire reigning American League batting champ Harvey Kuenn for last season’s leader in home runs in the AL, Rocky Colavito. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 21

March 8, 2018 |

It is hard to believe, but we are just three short weeks away from the first pitches of the 2018 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 21 days

In 1998, Cleveland retired the number 21 in honor of longtime Tribe member Bob Lemon, whose transition from a position player to a quality starting pitcher led to seven trips to the Midsummer Classic, a leading role on the 1948 and 1954 American League champion Indians teams, and ultimately, a spot in Cooperstown in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

But while Lemon last wore the number on the field as a player with the Indians in 1958, several big names would honor the work that he had done in the jersey with quality careers in a Cleveland uniform in the years to come. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 10, 1959

June 10, 2017 |

Rocky Colavito slams four home runs in a row, establishing an Indians record, as Cleveland hits six in the game to defeat Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 11-8. Read More