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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 30: Catching Up With Rick Waits

March 5, 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 greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 30 days

Former pitcher Rick Waits, who began his Indians career in 1975 wearing #30 before switching to his normal #36, will always be remembered in Cleveland as a solid left-hander who won 74 games for the Indians over a nine-year stretch. Baseball history, however, will always remember him for one game that led to one of baseball’s most historic moments. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 32: Catching Up With Dennis Martinez

March 3, 2016 | | One Comment

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 greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 32 days

In the early 1990’s, the young and talented Cleveland Indians ball club was on the brink of something special. All that they needed after their 1993 season was a couple of veteran leaders to bring all of the pieces of the puzzle together.

“We had said all along that we were going to try to develop our core players and when we felt like we had a chance to contend, we would try to trade for or sign a couple big time free agents that would help us to get over the top and contend,” Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. “We did that when we signed Dennis Martinez and Eddie Murray.” Read More

Bearden Uses Arm and Bat to Demolish Detroit; Indians 10, Tigers 1

February 29, 2016 |

September 10, 1948

Gene Bearden (14-7, 2.72) is proving that he can do it all, as he led the Cleveland Indians past the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon by a score of 10-1.

Bearden, the Indians rookie southpaw sensation, drove in more runs with his bat than he allowed with his arm and gave the Indians a sweep of the lowly Tigers and their fourth consecutive win. The victory becomes even more important when Boston’s loss to the New York Yankees is considered, as Joe DiMaggio hit a tenth inning grand slam to sink the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. The Indians now trail Boston by only three and a half games and New York by only one game. Read More

Ken Keltner Day was Well-Deserved for Longtime Indian

February 29, 2016 |

September 10, 1948

Just like he had hoped, Ken Keltner has been with the Cleveland Indians for a long time now.

When Keltner joined the ball club in 1937, the only other current Indian was an 18-year-old Bob Feller. The baseball world was talking about the collapse of the Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig-built Yankee dynasty and the rest of the world was talking about the Marihuana Tax Act that had just become a law the day before Keltner first donned a Tribe uniform.

It was just two months before Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered, three days before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his famous “Quarantine Speech” in Chicago and just weeks after President Abraham Lincoln’s head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore. It certainly has been a long, long time. Read More

Tribe Walks-Off in Extras Again; Indians 3, Tigers 2

February 28, 2016 |

September 9, 1948

Sam Zoldak (9-9, 3.64) could probably get used to this, as the Indians left-hander vultured his second extra inning win in as many days when the Indians used 13 frames to beat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 3-2.

The game promised to be a good pitcher’s duel and turned out to be just that, as Bob Feller and Hal Newhouser locked horns in a battle of All-Stars. Indians reliever Satchel Paige was unable to hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning, but Zoldak shut the Tigers offense down out of the bullpen for the second straight game until Eddie Robinson got the game-winning single in the 13th. The Robinson knock scored third baseman Ken Keltner, who was honored this evening at the Stadium for spending ten years with the Indians organization. Read More

Tribe Hangs On in Extras, Still Hanging in Race; Indians 8, Tigers 7

February 27, 2016 |

September 8, 1948

One streak was extended and another one snapped, but most importantly the Indians were able to keep pace in the American League pennant chase as they defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-7 in eleven innings. The game was not without dramatics at the end.

With one out, the bases loaded and the score tied 7-7 in the eleventh inning, first baseman Wally Judnich sent a grounder toward Tiger second baseman Neil Berry, who fired home to try and cut down runner Larry Doby. The throw was low and pulled catcher Hal Wagner off the dish, allowing Doby to score the winning run. Wagner and Detroit skipper Steve O’Neill argued that the catcher gathered himself and touched home before Doby, but the argument fell on deaf ears as home plate umpire Eddie Hurley stood by his decision. Read More

Lemon Goes for 20, Doby Goes for 19

February 27, 2016 |

September 8, 1948

Tonight, the Cleveland Indians return home after a 14-day, 16-game road trip in which they went a disappointing 8-8 and dropped to third place, four and a half games out of first. It was a trip that started out so promising, as the Tribe took seven of the first eleven contests, and then ended with a thud when the team dropped three of the final four to the woeful St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. The Indians will now play 21 of their final 24 contests at Cleveland Stadium and, needless to say…it’s good to be home.

The Tribe will kick off their long homestand by squaring off against the Detroit Tigers, the fifth place team in the American League. The Tigers currently sit 18 games out and will face baseball’s hottest pitcher and one of its hottest hitters on Wednesday. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38: Catching Up With Eric Plunk

February 26, 2016 | | One Comment

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 – 38 days

There have been 38 Cleveland Indian players to wear #38 as their jersey numbers, so if the Tribe’s front office wanted to just be ironic, they could choose to never pass out the number again and retire it up in the mezzanine level at Progressive Field.

If they were going to retire #38—not that they should—the man who deserves it the most is probably former reliever Eric Plunk. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 40: Catching Up With Billy Traber

February 24, 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 greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 40 days

When the Indians traded All-Star and future Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar to the New York Mets following the 2001 season, they received back what was thought to be quite a haul.

The Tribe acquired starting outfielder Matt Lawton and relief pitcher Jerrod Riggan, as well as infield prospect Earl Snyder and two super-prospects in outfielder Alex Escobar and pitcher Billy Traber. At the time, Escobar was seen to be the shining star of the deal, but Traber was the prospect who made the biggest impact on the Major League club. Read More

Indians Finished with the East, Now Head West

February 21, 2016 |

September 2, 1948

Like they have all summer, crowds will flood into Cleveland Stadium this Friday, but the fanatics will be cheering for a different team than the Indians for the first time.

Otto Graham, Marion Motley and the rest of the defending League Champion Cleveland Browns will open their season against the Los Angeles Dons at the Stadium on Friday, as the Indians continue their brutally long road trip. The Indians have played their last eleven games on the road, making stops in Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Read More

Feller Dazzles, Cleveland Sweeps A’s; Indians 8, Athletics 1

February 20, 2016 |

September 1, 1948

That’s more like the Bob Feller that Cleveland has grown used to seeing over the past decade.

Rapid Robert struck out a season high nine batters as the Indians beat the Philadelphia Athletics 8-1. The victory was Feller’s 14th of the season and the Indians third straight. With the win, the Indians kept pace with the victorious Red Sox and Yankees, swept the A’s, and pushed Philadelphia five and a half games out of first place. The Indians remain one and a half games behind. Read More

Indians’ Aging Infield Gets a Youthful Boost as Boone is Promoted, Rosen Could Follow Soon

February 20, 2016 |

September 1, 1948

Lou Boudreau, Ken Keltner and Joe Gordon have done a fantastic job holding down the infield-fort this season, as the three premier hitters are all integral cogs in Cleveland’s mighty lineup. The three veterans, however, have an average age of 32 and have shown some signs of tiring as the hot Cleveland sun and the everyday grind of the baseball season has taken its toll on the infielders. Reinforcements are more than welcome for the Indians pennant race, as backup infielder Johnny Berardino has shouldered the entire load all season long.

Enter Ray Boone – or Ike, as he is known to his teammates – the Indians’ young shortstop prospect who will be making his Major League debut just as soon as Boudreau pencils his name in the lineup. Boone was called up to The Show on Wednesday after proving his readiness at AA Oklahoma City this season. Read More