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Posts By Vince Guerrieri

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

Former Indians Player Ted Cox Dies

March 22, 2020 |

Ted Cox occupies an interesting place in baseball history.

He’s a footnote in the record books, but to Cleveland fans, he’s probably best known for being part of one of the many deals in the 1970s that led Indians fans to smack their foreheads and go, “WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?” Read More

The Man Behind the Baseball Bug Tells His Story

March 20, 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 story by Vince Guerrieri was originally published on June 20, 2018.

Nothing ever really dies on the internet. That’s how I ended up talking to the guy who was the infamous Baseball Bug.

Ron Chernek emailed me last week, saying he’d stumbled upon the article I’d written last year about the Baseball Bug, Cleveland’s short-lived mascot in the 1980 and 1981 season (actually, his son stumbled upon it; Chernek by his own admission isn’t particularly active on the internet or social media). He offered to tell his story and I offered to listen. Read More

The Baseball Bug Goes Splat in Brief Time in Cleveland

March 17, 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 story was originally published by Vince Guerrieri on May 17, 2017.

Before there was Slider, there was the Baseball Bug.

But before there were either – or the Phillie Phanatic, or the Pirate Parrot – there was the San Diego Chicken.

Ted Giannoulas put on a chicken costume for a San Diego radio station in 1974. He took his act on the road and became most intrinsically linked with the city’s baseball team, the Padres (ironically, Giannoulas – who finally hung up the chicken suit after the 2016 season – grew up listening to Indians games from Ontario). He really became the godfather of all the mascots. Read More

Perfect Storm Leaves Seats Available for Opener

March 10, 2020 |

If you’re a Tribe fan of a certain age, you remember the games being broadcast on Channel 43. You also remember the broadcasters intoning before the game, looking out over acres of empty stands, “Plenty of good seats are available.”

I got an email today – a week after Opening Day tickets went on sale – about how seats still remain. That’s almost unheard of. There are a lot of people who believe the game will ultimately sell out, although if you’d asked me last week – before we found out that three cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Cuyahoga County – I probably would have too; now I’m not so sure. Read More

Cookie Carrasco Immortalized in Bobblehead Form

March 7, 2020 |

It was one of the most shocking moments of the 2019 Indians season as the team announced the unnamed blood disorder that prompted Carlos Carrasco to leave the team was, in fact, leukemia.

And it was one of the most touching moments when the Indians showed their support for the starting pitcher during the “Stand Up to Cancer” moment at the All-Star Game at Progressive Field. Read More

Lonnie Chisenhall Announces Retirement

February 26, 2020 |

At one point, Lonnie Chisenhall was rated the top prospect in the Indians’ organization.

He never quite lived up to his potential as a first-round draft pick, but he remained a fan favorite during his eight-year career. Chisenhall played 688 games – all in a Cleveland uniform – in his major league career but he announced his retirement in his hometown of Newport, N.C., while his jersey was being raised to the rafters at his former middle school.

“I’ve only played 29 games in the past two years,” Chisenhall said during a Q&A session with the students, according to the Carteret County News-Times. “So between that, and I have three kids at home, they are all in school, traveling around the country wasn’t practical anymore. It was a pretty easy decision.” Read More

Dolans ‘Enjoy’ Honor at Cleveland Sports Awards

January 22, 2020 |

The 20th annual Cleveland Sports Awards had a Tribe feel to them Wednesday night.

The Indians received the Sports Development Gold Medal from the Cleveland Sports Commission for the 2019 All-Star Game, and the week’s festivities were also recognized as the best moment in Cleveland sports last year. The Dolan family was recognized with the lifetime achievement award – something that meant a lot to owner Paul Dolan, who accepted on behalf of the whole family.

“Baseball is important,” Dolan said. “But family is more important. To recognize this as a family award means so much.” Read More