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Cleveland’s All-Time Opening Day Starting Lineup

April 3, 2016 |

Opening Day is like no other day of the year for baseball fans.

The stadium is sold out. Warm weather is on the way. There’s optimism. Everybody is tied for first place. A win can catapult a fan base’s spirit and a loss can crush early dreams.

No other day is full of overreactions quite like Opening Day.

So which Cleveland players have vaulted hopes on the season’s first day the best? I thought it might be interesting to find out and construct a lineup.

In order to be fair, I decided that the player must be in the top three number of games played in Openers started at their position and must have at least five games in under his belt, too. This eliminates any player who went 3-3 in their lone Opening Day contest as well as any pinch hitter who maybe went 1-1 with a home run in their lone Opener. Read More

Rosen Eligible for World Series

March 18, 2016 |

September 28, 1948

The Indians have just a one-game lead with five games to play, but if they qualify for the World Series, their roster has been approved.

Commissioner Happy Chandler approved the roster last night, with one surprise. Rookie Al Rosen was given approval to be eligible for the Fall Classic. The Rookie of the Year in the American Association was declared eligible upon the petition submitted by the Indians after pitcher Don Black was injured.

Normally, Rosen would not be eligible because he did not report to the Indians prior to August 31. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 13, 2015

March 13, 2016 |

Legendary Indians slugger Al Rosen, the team’s last Most Valuable Player award winner, passes away less than two weeks after turning 91 years old.

Rosen enjoyed a ten-year run in the Major Leagues, spending his entire playing career in an … Read More

Rosen Recalled After Successful Minor League Season

March 1, 2016 |

September 11, 1948

Al Rosen, the American Association’s batting champion and league’s most valuable rookie, joined the Indians yesterday.

Indians manager Lou Boudreau said he would not hesitate to use Rosen as a pinch-hitter in the Tribe’s stretch run, but he did not expect him or the four other farmhands recalled yesterday to see much serious playing time. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 29, 1924

February 29, 2016 |

Future star slugger and 1953 American League Most Valuable Player Al Rosen is born in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Rosen will become the first of two Indians ever to be born on “leap day” (joined later by Steve Mingori), but is … Read More

Indians’ Aging Infield Gets a Youthful Boost as Boone is Promoted, Rosen Could Follow Soon

February 20, 2016 |

September 1, 1948

Lou Boudreau, Ken Keltner and Joe Gordon have done a fantastic job holding down the infield-fort this season, as the three premier hitters are all integral cogs in Cleveland’s mighty lineup. The three veterans, however, have an average age of 32 and have shown some signs of tiring as the hot Cleveland sun and the everyday grind of the baseball season has taken its toll on the infielders. Reinforcements are more than welcome for the Indians pennant race, as backup infielder Johnny Berardino has shouldered the entire load all season long.

Enter Ray Boone – or Ike, as he is known to his teammates – the Indians’ young shortstop prospect who will be making his Major League debut just as soon as Boudreau pencils his name in the lineup. Boone was called up to The Show on Wednesday after proving his readiness at AA Oklahoma City this season. Read More

Today in Tribe History: November 27, 1953

November 27, 2015 |

Cleveland’s Al Rosen is selected as the unanimous winner of the American League Most Valuable Player award.

Rosen finished his 1953 season with a .336 batting average, 43 home runs, and 145 RBI, the latter two leading the AL. He … Read More

1995 Game Recap: Three More for Albert; Tribe Slugger Sets Records in Win—Indians 8, White Sox 2

September 19, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back September 19, 1995.

Move over Al Rosen, Rocky Colavito and pretty much everyone else that has ever hit a homerun in Indians history…Albert Belle is officially on fire at a historical level.

He probably just hit another homerun while you were reading that.

Belle hit three more homeruns on Tuesday night at Comisky Park in Chicago as the Indians defeated the White Sox 8-2. The three bombs came just one day after Belle rocked the Pale Hose for two bombs in an 11-1 victory, tying the Major League record with five homeruns in two consecutive games. Read More

Today in Tribe History: July 13, 1954

July 13, 2015 |

1954 – The Cleveland Indians host the 21st Midsummer Classic at Cleveland Stadium with the American League squad winning by an 11-9 score over the National League in front of 68,751 spectators.

The Indians were well represented on the team, … Read More

Legendary Tribe Slugger Rosen Dead at 91

March 18, 2015 |

He was the last MVP winner for the Cleveland Indians. He was the last All-Star to spend his entire career with the Tribe. And he was one of the best ever to don an Indians uniform.

Al Rosen, who died Saturday at the age of 91, was the slugging third baseman for the Indians during one of the best eras in team history. He made a brief appearance for the 1948 Indians, including an at-bat during the World Series, but didn’t break into the lineup for good until the following year.

Throughout the 1940s, Ken Keltner was the Indians’ everyday third baseman, where he impressed fans and the press with his defensive prowess (Keltner, as much as anyone, helped end Joe DiMaggio’s historic 56-game hitting streak in Cleveland in 1941). Keltner was injured in 1949, and Rosen took his place in the lineup. Rosen played in 23 games for the Indians that year, but he showed enough that the Tribe released Keltner at the end of the season.

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Today in Tribe History: November 27, 1953

November 27, 2014 |

Cleveland’s Al Rosen is selected as the unanimous winner of the American League Most Valuable Player award.

Rosen finished his 1953 season with a .336 batting average, 43 home runs, and 145 RBI, the latter two leading the AL. He … Read More

Cleveland Indians’ Top All-Star Performances

July 13, 2014 | | One Comment

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball will conduct its 85th All-Star Game, this one taking place for the first time at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Cleveland Indians have been well represented over the years in the exhibition, first started in 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The Indians had three players on that first American League roster – pitchers Wes Ferrell and Oral Hildebrand and outfielder Earl Averill. Neither pitcher made it into the game for AL manager Connie Mack, but Averill entered the game as a pinch-hitter for pitcher General Crowder in the bottom of the sixth and delivered an RBI-single to score shortstop Joe Cronin with the final run of a 4-2 AL victory.

Averill would make six straight All-Star teams, but his Indians record for most All-Star appearances in a Cleveland jersey would be short-lived. Bob Feller would string together a total of eight trips to the Midsummer Classic, passing Averill with his appearance during the 1948 season before adding one more in 1950.

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