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Posts By Vince Guerrieri

Today in Tribe History: October 4, 1948

October 4, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

The 1948 Indians had a formidable pitching lineup, including future hall of famers Bob Feller and Bob Lemon.  Satchel Paige, a midseason signing and another future hall of famer, won six games down the stretch for the Indians. But 63 years ago today, on Oct. 4, 1948, player-manager Lou Boudreau went with Gene Bearden for the Indians’ 155th game of the year.

The Tribe would be playing the Boston Red Sox in a tiebreaker game at Fenway Park, in the first playoff in American League history. Bearden, a rookie knuckleballer, had won 19 games that season, but he was pitching on just a day’s rest, and as a lefthander, would have a tougher go of it at Fenway, with its short left field.

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Today In Tribe History: September 30, 1995

September 30, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

The Indians had already clinched the division. Their playoff odyssey would begin soon. But on Sept. 30, 1995 – 16 years ago today – Albert Belle set a team record and reached a mark that hadn’t ever been hit.

Today In Tribe History; September 27, 1940

September 27, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On September 27, 1940 – 71 years ago today – Floyd Giebell was supposed to be a sacrificial lamb.

The Indians were beginning a three-game series at home against Detroit – the final series of the year – and were two back of the Tigers with three games to play. One Tigers win would clinch the pennant for them.

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Today In Tribe History: September 18, 1954, Indians Clinch Pennant

September 18, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On Sept. 18, 1954, 57 years ago today, the Indians clinched the American League pennant on the way to making league history.

The Tribe was taking on the Tigers at what was then called Briggs Stadium in Detroit. The Tigers got out to a 1-0 lead after Indians starter Early Wynn gave up a sacrifice fly to Ray Boone, scoring Harvey Kuenn in the bottom of the third inning.

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What To Do With Grady Sizemore?

September 13, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

He was a throw-in in one of the most successful trades in Indians history.

Then he was the face of the franchise.

Now, Grady Sizemore’s career as an Indian may not be much longer.

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Today In Tribe History: September 8, 1995, Tribe Clinches Central Division

September 8, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On September 8, 1995 – 16 years ago today – 41 years of wandering through the desert ended for the Cleveland Indians, and their fans.

In 1954, the Indians set an American League record with 111 wins, making them the favorites in the World Series that year against the New York Giants. But the Giants swept the Indians in four games, and after that, the Tribe descended into mediocrity – or worse.

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Tigers Sweep Tribe Out of Divisional Race; Tigers 8, Indians 6

September 7, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

The Indians are still mathematically alive in the American League Central, but that might be about it.

The Tribe got to Tigers ace Justin Verlander early, but Justin Masterson and the bullpen couldn’t hold a lead as Detroit came back to win 8-6 Wednesday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep of the Indians.

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It’s Not Over!

August 30, 2011 |


By Vince Guerrieri

The highlight of my existence as an Indians fan came on Oct. 26, 1995, when I, my brother, my father and 43,000 of our closest friends were at Jacobs Field for Game 5 of the World Series.
The Tribe’s backs were up against the wall. They were down 3 games to 1, and a loss that night would send them off into the winter. They were facing Greg Maddux, the NL Cy Young Award winner that year (his fourth straight), who had beaten them already in the series opener.
Before the game, the JumboTron flashed a scene from Animal House, where John Belushi is trying to pump up his fraternity brothers.

Today In Tribe History; August 23, 1936

August 23, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

A high school phenom took the mound for the Indians against the St. Louis Browns on a Sunday afternoon at League Park 75 years ago today, Aug. 23, 1936.

He was signed off the sandlots of Iowa for a buck and an autographed baseball, and had never played an inning in the minor leagues. The Browns were regarded as the dregs of the American League – the saying was that St. Louis was “first in booze, first in shoes and last in the American League” – but it was still stiffer competition than the 17-year-old hurler had ever seen before.

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Today In Tribe History: Ray Chapman Hit By Pitch

August 16, 2011 |

Today’s piece on Ray Chapman is an excerpt from, “Ohio Sports Trivia,” by DTTWLN writer, Vince Guerrieri and J. Alexander Poulton. Books can be purchased through Lone Pine Publishing, or clicking on the link of the book cover in the story.

By Vince Guerrieri

On August 16, 1920, 71 years ago today, the Cleveland Indians’ Ray Chapman became the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to die as a result of an injury on the field.

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Today In Tribe History: August 9, 1981

August 9, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

Thirty years ago today, Major League Baseball was back – and it started in Cleveland.

The All-Star Game, originally scheduled for July 14 at Municipal Stadium, was canceled during a players’ strike, which lasted from June 12 to July 31. The players and owners reached an agreement, and that year, the season would be separated into halves, with the first half winners in each division playing the second half winners in the first Division Series.

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Tribe Blows Early Lead; Rangers 8, Indians 7

August 6, 2011 |


By Vince Guerrieri

Friday night was set up to be one of the most anticipated regular-season games in the past 10 years for Indians fans, as Ubaldo Jimenez would make his debut against the Texas Rangers.

Would he demonstrate the form that saw him win 15 games before the All-Star break in 2010, or would Tribe fans see the middling pitcher that Rockies fan have seen since? Would he be worth the price paid?

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