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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | July 12, 2020

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For All the Deals He’s Done, Trump Couldn’t Buy the Indians

July 7, 2020 |

The President weighed in on Monday, calling out and chastising the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins organizations on Twitter for “changing their names in order to be politically correct”. It continued a long and curious relationship between Trump and the Tribe, dating back nearly three decades. This story was published originally on March 9, 2016, by Vince Guerrieri. – BT

Donald Trump and New York City go hand in hand.

From his roots in Queens to his real estate deals in Manhattan to his pronounced accent (“yuge!”), Trump is inextricably linked to the Big Apple.

But in 1983, before his bid for president, before his television show, before his marriages and divorces had become tabloid fodder, even before “The Art of the Deal,” his bestseller that made him nationally famous, Trump looked to Cleveland to expand into professional sports — like George Steinbrenner in reverse.

In what might be the funniest thing Tony Grossi’s ever written, he said, “Trump’s sudden and inexplicable interest in purchasing the Cleveland Indians evokes the image of a man who awakes in a cold sweat with the frightening realization that a billion Chinese never heard of him.” Read More

Plans Continue for Rocky Colavito Statue in Little Italy

July 3, 2020 |

Let’s talk about statues in Little Italy.

No, not that one.

There’s a movement afoot to replace the statue of Christopher Columbus at Tony Brush Park with Hector Boiardi, the famed chef who went on to create a line of canned Italian foods. It’s part of a larger grappling with Columbus’ legacy as a genocidal imperialist. Read More

Minor League Cancellation Could Mean Abrupt End for Scrappers

July 1, 2020 |

Coronavirus may have robbed us of the final season of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced its decision not to provide Minor League Baseball teams with players this summer as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. (Major League Baseball is still planning to play an abbreviated season this summer, but I remain less than certain that will come to pass too.)

“These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we’ve had a summer without Minor League Baseball played,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner. “While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment.” Read More

Colavito Busts Slump in Major Way – With Four Home Runs

June 10, 2020 |

In a busy week in Indians history that included a significant trade, a cycle, a no-hitter, a brawl, and plenty of game action (unlike this year…), we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night take another trip down memory lane as we revisit a story published on June 8, 2016, by Vince Guerrieri. – BT

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 – one which remains his proudest moment as a major leaguer. Read More

Ten Cent Beer Night, A Promotion Gone Terribly Wrong

June 4, 2020 |

Take me out to the … brawl game? Today’s dig through the Did The Tribe Win Last Night archives takes us back to 1974, when the Cleveland Indians organization put on the wrong kind of show for baseball fans. Relive some of the highlights and lowlights in this June 4, 2012, excerpt from the book “Ohio Sports Trivia” by J. Alexander Poulton and DTTWLN’s Vince Guerrieri. – BT

Under the ownership of Bill Veeck in the 1940s, the Indians were known for some excellent promotions.

Veeck largely invented the concept of people coming out to the ballpark for events other than baseball, be they a mock funeral for the pennant, like he did in Cleveland in 1949, sending a midget up to bat, like he did when he owned the St. Louis Browns (and he feared this event would be on his tombstone) or a scoreboard that shot off fireworks, like he had at Comiskey Park when he owned the White Sox. Read More

Through No Fault of His Own, Score Never Lived Up to Potential

May 7, 2020 |

With baseball rumored to be inching closer and closer to a proposed return, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue to wait out the grueling absence of sports across the country by looking back at the past. Today’s trip down memory lane, published by Vince Guerrieri on November 18, 2015, looks back at what could have been for Indians hurler Herb Score. – BT

Almost from the day he was unearthed by Indians scout Cy Slapnicka, big things were expected from Herb Score.

A policeman in Lake Worth, Florida, alerted Slapnicka – the man who discovered Bob Feller – about the fireballing southpaw. He was signed to a contract at the age of 19 – with a $60,000 bonus. While the Indians won 111 games and the American League pennant in 1954, Score was mowing down batters at Triple-A Indianapolis on the way to being named the minor league player of the year, with a record of 22-5 and 350 strikeouts.

And big things were expected of him even when he went to his first Indians spring training in 1955. He was tabbed by the Sporting News – the “Bible of Baseball” – as a Rookie of the Year candidate. And he delivered on that prediction, going 16-10 and leading the league with 245 strikeouts – the most by a rookie in 44 years, and a rookie record that stood until Dwight Gooden shattered it in 1984. Indians manager Al Lopez named Score to that year’s American League All-Star team. Read More

Ferrell Throws No-Hitter With a Little Help from his Friends (and the Official Scorer)

April 28, 2020 |

One of the forgotten gems in Indians’ history was thrown 81 years ago this week as Wes Ferrell blanked the St. Louis Browns and his brother, 9-0. Did The Tribe Win Last Night shares its account of that game through the eyes of Vince Guerrieri in a story originally published on April 27, 2016. – BT

When a crowd of around 4,000 settled into their seats at League Park on April 29, 1931, they couldn’t have expected to see a little bit of history in that day’s game between the Indians and the St. Louis Browns. But they did see it – and not without controversy either.

Cleveland News sportswriter Ed Bang knew history was at hand. Syndicated sportswriter William Braucher told a tale from the press box that Bang – also the official scorer for the Indians – told a St. Louis sportswriter that he was going to see a no-hitter that day. Read More

Joss’ Second No-Hitter Wasn’t on Opening Day, but was Earliest of its Time

April 21, 2020 |

Our Did The Tribe Win Last Night pandemic history lessons continue this week as we look back at the second career no-hitter hurled by Addie Joss during the 1910 season. This story was originally published by Vince Guerrieri on April 18, 2019. – BT

It’s one of the great trivia questions in baseball history: What’s the only game where a team had the same batting average before the game as after it?

The answer, of course, is Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter against the White Sox at Comiskey Park in 1940. But 30 years prior to that – this week in 1910 – Addie Joss also threw a no-hitter against the Pale Hose at Comiskey. It wasn’t an Opening Day no-hitter, but at the time, it was the earliest no-no in a season – and the first ever in the month of April. Read More

Robinson, Feller Shared Complicated, Connected Bond

April 17, 2020 |

The number 42 should have come out of retirement on April 15 as part of Major League Baseball’s annual recognition of the accomplishments of Jackie Robinson. With baseball instead an afterthought in the new era of social distancing, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue to dig through the archives weekly to provide some distraction amidst the chaos.

Today’s post comes courtesy of Vince Guerrieri in a story originally published on July 29, 2015.

Though they came from wildly different backgrounds – and never faced each other in a game that counted – Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson were inextricably linked by the brotherhood of baseball. Read More

Jackie Price: Baseball’s Sad Clown

March 31, 2020 |

With baseball and much of the world in a holding practice and experimenting poorly in many circumstances with social distancing, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night will dig through the archives each Tuesday and Friday to find some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011 to share with you. Have a favorite you read that you would like to see once again? Drop us a line! We are in this together! – BT

Today’s story comes courtesy of Vince Guerrieri in a post originally published on April 15, 2014.

If Indians fans remember Jackie Price at all, it’s for the stunt that got him thrown off the team in 1947. Read More

Skip Griparis, the Best Color Man in the League

March 27, 2020 |

With baseball and much of the world in some form of hiatus and practicing social distancing, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night will dig through the archives each Tuesday and Friday to find some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011 to share with you. Have a favorite you read that you would like to see once again? Drop us a line! Stay safe, avoid one another, and wash those hands! – BT

Today’s gem comes courtesy of Vince Guerrieri in a post originally shared on January 21, 2014.

In 1988, Skip Griparis auditioned for a baseball movie in his hometown of Chicago. The movie, a comedy about a terrible baseball team that suddenly got its act together, would film in Milwaukee. Read More

Bobblehead Hall to Sell Tribe Hot Dog Dolls

March 26, 2020 | | One Comment

Well, we don’t have Opening Day today. Which is a shame, because it looks lovely out. (OF COURSE a global pandemic would force the cancellation of baseball games for what could have been the nicest opener in years as well as the earliest.)

But at least we have some bobbleheads. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, in partnership with FOCO, has unveiled limited edition bobbleheads of Ketchup, Mustard and Onion. Read More