2003 – Probably one of the more improbable players to do so, the Indians’ Travis Hafner hits for a cycle in Minneapolis as Cleveland defeats Minnesota, 8-3.
Hafner, playing designated hitter and batting sixth in the Indians lineup, started his day with a solo homer off of the Twins’ Brad Radke in the second inning. Batting again with two outs in the fourth, he doubled to center off of a check swing against Radke. In the seventh, he reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error from the Twins’ starter, who would last just three more batters. In what would be his final at bat and needing a triple, Hafner got exactly that against reliever James Baldwin. With a runner on first and one out, he sent a liner to center that went to the wall, allowing Ben Broussard to score the team’s seventh run. Hafner would score the final run one batter later and would bat again in the ninth, but would line out to end the inning.
It was the Indians’ first cycle since Andre Thornton did so on April 22nd, 1978. The eighth inning triple was just the second of Hafner’s career and one of the 13 he had in his 12-year career. It was the elusive triple that Pronk was short in his first flirtation with the cycle one year and three days earlier – against the Indians while a member of the Texas Rangers.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1930 – Wes Ferrell wins his 20th game of the season as the Indians rout the Philadelphia Athletics, 15-0.
1940 – Al Smith lobs a one-hit shutout as the Indians defeat the Chicago White Sox, 4-0. He allowed just a single in the third inning to Skeeter Webb and a walk to Taffy Wright in the fifth. The first place Indians improve to 67-44.
1945 – Shortstop/manager Lou Boudreau breaks his right ankle in a collision at second base with Boston’s Dolph Camilli. Cleveland’s Jim Bagby throws a three-hitter and the Indians win the game, 3-0.
1950 – Al Rosen ties the game with a two-out homer in the ninth inning and the Indians walk off with the win in the tenth on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by Dale Mitchell as the Tribe tames the Tigers, 3-2, in front of 60,120 on a Monday in Cleveland. Both starters (Cleveland’s Early Wynn; Detroit’s Hal Newhouser) go the distance.
1958 – Vic Power steals home twice in a 10-9 Cleveland win over Detroit. He had just one stolen base all season. His steal of home with Rocky Colavito at the plate in the tenth inning ended the ball game.
1977 – Cleveland tags Milwaukee’s Bill Travers for 14 runs on 18 hits in a 14-5 win. A pitcher will not allow 14 runs or more in a game for 21 years.