The 2016 version of the Cleveland Indians has been hyped nationwide for their frightening starting rotation options, a strong group of right-handed pitchers who have looked good over the last several seasons and rival some of the best arms in the game. In 1902, a legendary Cleveland pitcher, who excelled for much of his nine-year career, began his journey on this date.
Back in the second season of the Cleveland franchise, a young arm just two weeks past his 22nd birthday took the mound at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis to begin what would ultimately be a tragically short Hall of Fame career as one of the more dominating pitchers to ever hurl for the club in the 116-year history of the organization.
Tragedy strikes the Cleveland Naps franchise as, just two days after his 31st birthday, pitcher Addie Joss dies from tubercular meningitis.
Joss debuted with the Cleveland franchise, then still the Bronchos, in 1902. He won 17 games and threw a …
Addie Joss is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame through selection by the Special Veterans Committee. He is joined by longtime baseball executive Larry MacPhail.
Joss is a rare exception to the other players he joined in the Hall, …
1907 – Heinie Berger allows just one hit to New York as the Naps defeat the Highlanders, 6-0, giving Cleveland back-to-back one-hitters.
Addie Joss threw his one-hitter the day before in a 3-1 victory. Berger was even better, taking a …
The 1908 season – like so many since – ended in disappointment for Cleveland baseball fans.
But it was a wild ride for the last two weeks of the season.
Going into the series with the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 17, the Blues were in second place in the American League, tied with the Tigers in the win column with 78, but with four more losses, putting them two back with 16 to play.
The Naps – still named for player-manager Napolean Lajoie – took the first game, a 1-0 shutout, but gained no ground. The following day, pitcher Bob Rhoads was in less than top form, loading the bases on a couple occasions and letting in an unearned run in the second inning. He walked Doc Gessler, who advanced to second on a sacrifice by Jack Thoney. Heinie Wagner’s grounder was fumbled by Lajoie, putting Gessler on third, and a wild pitch scored him for the Red Sox to take the lead.
1911 – Tragedy strikes the Cleveland Naps franchise as, just two days after his 31st birthday, pitcher Addie Joss dies from tubercular meningitis.
Joss debuted with the Cleveland franchise, then still the Bronchos, in 1902. He won 17 games and …
The no-hitter is easily one of the most exciting events to witness on a baseball field and for those who follow the Cleveland Indians, it has been some time now since fans were treated to such an elusive piece of history.
A certain amount of talent and a degree of luck is involved in being able to walk away as an elite member of the “No-Hit Club” and the Indians very nearly added to that group on Thursday afternoon in a 5-1 victory over the Astros in Houston.
The day’s starter, Trevor Bauer, has shown a flare of being unhittable in the past, but luck was not quite on his side as some effective wildness led to a higher-than-desired pitch count after six innings, courtesy in large part to his five walks and career-high eleven strikeouts. None of the first nine batters of the game saw less than four pitches in their first trip through and high pitch counts to many batters continued throughout the game. After manager Terry Francona handed the ball to the third reliever of the game, lefty Nick Hagadone, in the bottom of the ninth, a solo one-out blast off of the bat of Jed Lowrie left the Indians two outs short of their first no-hitter since 1981.
When Addie Joss took the mound on October 2, 1908, he became the first Cleveland pitcher to try and pitch the franchise to a pennant, but he certainly wouldn’t be the last.
The Cleveland Naps—then named for manager and star second baseman Nap Lajoie—entered the Friday afternoon game at League Park in a three-way race for the American League pennant. The Naps trailed the Detroit Tigers for the top spot, with the Chicago White Sox just one game behind Cleveland. With just a handful of games remaining in the season, every game counted. No game was bigger than the opening game of the series between Chicago and Cleveland, matching up Ed Walsh against Joss.
October 3, 1948
The Baseball Gods some times have a twisted sense of humor, but this time it looks like fate got it just right.
This afternoon Bob Feller will walk to the mound in Municipal Stadium with a chance to send the Cleveland Indians to the World Series for the first time in 28 years. One of the Indians greatest pitchers in the franchise’s history has the chance to add a special line to legacy with a win this afternoon.
“He’s as good a pitcher right now as he has ever been,” Boudreau declared. “Maybe he’s better than ever. I believe he’ll win. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t start him.”