Today marks 23 years since Sandy Alomar Jr. wowed the host Cleveland crowd with a heroic and improbable moment in the 68th rendition of the Major League All-Star Game. This story was originally published on July 8, 2017, by Bob Toth. – BT
Cleveland’s new jewel on the lake hosted baseball’s best and brightest in one gathering in 1997 when the 68th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game came back to town for the first time since 1981.
Jacobs Field was the site of the Midsummer Classic, hosting the game for the first time since Cleveland set a new All-Star record for the crowd in attendance at Municipal Stadium in 1981. This time, the venue changed and was much smaller (eliminating any sort of record setting numbers through the turnstiles), but the sellout crowd that came out in support of the game was treated to a historic effort from one of its hometown boys.
With the release of the 2020 Major League Baseball schedule on Monday, July 6, we at Did the Tribe Win Last Night can finally resume our postponed Opening Day countdown. With the revised starting date of July 24, we pick up 16 days away from MLB action returning to the diamond. – BT
This spring, Indians third base coach Mike Sarbaugh began his eighth season working as part of manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff while representing the number 16 for the club. It kicked off his 31st season of work as a member of the organization, where he has served as a player, a coach, or a manager.
With the release of the 2020 Major League Baseball schedule on Monday, July 6, we at Did the Tribe Win Last Night can finally resume our postponed Opening Day countdown. With the revised starting date of July 24, we pick up 17 days away from MLB action returning to the diamond. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 17 days
A pair of utility men donned the number 17 for the Indians during the 2019 season. Both were new faces to the ball club last year looking for a chance to stick, but both whiffed and are no longer with the organization.
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.”
In a statement via his social media page on Instagram and shared with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, former Cleveland Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer announced that he is walking away from Major League Baseball.
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.
For whatever reason, be it a couple of months of practicing and playing under the belt, better weather, or reasons unknown, July 2 has been a good day for cycles in the history of the Cleveland Indians organization.
Two of the nine cycles hit by members of the Cleveland franchise over its 119 completed seasons of Major League play have landed on the second day of July, with the first of them coming 50 years ago today.
Tony Horton’s time in Cleveland and in Major League Baseball came to a very unexpected halt during the 1970 season, but before his playing career ended, he accomplished one of the rare feats possible for a baseball player.
The 1948 season for the Cleveland Indians had a little bit of everything. It had struggles. It had turmoil and tragedy. It had a photo-finish pennant race and Major League Baseball’s first play-in game to decide a league champion. It also had breakout seasons, monster home runs, a triple play, and even a no-hitter.
Just a few years earlier (and to be fair, even just a year prior), pitching a no-hitter would have been the least likely of things that Bob Lemon would have thought about doing while wearing a big league uniform. Yet on June 30, 1948, he did just that as his professional trajectory continued a turn that ultimately took Lemon to the Hall of Fame and a long career affiliated with the Major League game.
Children of Major Leaguers often get a unique experience and view of the game of baseball from an early age while also being blessed with some choice genes and skill sets that make them all the more prepared to pursue the national pastime as their career of choice.
While plenty of kids of former big leaguers have failed to reach The Show despite giving it their best down on the farm, others have put together lengthy and successful careers as second generation players.
Six father-son tandems (Jim Bagby and Jim Bagby; Earl Averill and Earl Averill Jr.; Tito Francona and Terry Francona; Buddy Bell and David Bell; Dave Duncan and Shelley Duncan; and Cam Carreon and Mark Carreon) have had the privilege of representing the Cleveland Indians organization on the field during their respective careers.
Baseball has often been been characterized as a father-and-son sport, which may be a bit unfair to all of the baseball moms out there watching, cheering, coaching, and keeping score at little league games across the nation each year.
But given that no woman has played Major League Baseball to date, there is a clear connection for some ball players drawing a direct path from their childhoods to baseball diamonds across the country while pursuing the lucrative careers of the professional baseball player.
Baseball and Father’s Day have often gone hand in hand, but this year, the former is nowhere to be found as fathers across the country celebrate the day without the presence of the national pastime.
A total of 240 fathers with Major League Baseball experience have welcomed their own sons into the Show, including 16 fathers who had a pair of sons expand the baseball family tree. Quite a few of those names have spent time in the city of Cleveland during their playing careers.
In honor of the holiday, we take a look at the six proud father-son duos to both wear an Indians’ jersey during their times on a Major League diamond (also, this serves as a good piece of Cleveland Indians trivia to boot).
In remembrance of the anniversary of the passing of Larry Doby, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look back on one of the better overall games that the Hall of Famer played while wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform. Doby died June 18, 2003, at the age of 79.
Larry Doby accomplished far more on the baseball diamond than he gets credit for. He does not receive enough recognition for being the first player to break the color barrier in the American League, doing so just months after Jackie Robinson became the first in Major League Baseball when he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Doby’s numbers on the field were not appreciated by Hall voters initially, as his path to Cooperstown required additional consideration well after his playing days were over. Even Doby’s managerial stint was short-lived and overshadowed as Cleveland’s Frank Robinson beat him to the title of first African-American manager in MLB history by three and a half years.