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Andre Thornton

Today in Tribe History: December 10, 1976

December 10, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians acquire first baseman Andre Thornton from the Montreal Expos in exchange for pitcher Jackie Brown. Read More

Remembering Thunder Thornton’s Cycle

April 23, 2016 |

The Indians had dropped their sixth game in nine efforts and the first of a four-game series in Boston against the Red Sox. Cleveland first baseman Andre Thornton was beginning his second season with the club after bouncing around four different National League organizations over the previous ten-plus years in professional baseball.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed him in 1967 as an amateur free agent, but dealt him to Atlanta in 1972. The Braves moved him to Chicago in a May 1973 trade and the Cubs did similar in May of 1976, sending him to the Montreal Expos. Following that season, he was traded to Cleveland for pitcher Jackie Brown.

While he had had some good results in a couple of big league seasons, he was coming off of a .194 season when the Indians acquired him, but general manager Phil Seghi thought Thornton had 25-homer potential. The first season in town, he proved it as he hit .263 with 28 homers and 70 RBI while playing in 131 games. Already, the trade was looking like a steal, but Thornton’s name would go down in the history books for the Indians organization, thirty-eight years ago on Friday.

That day, the 28-year-old became just the sixth Indians player to hit for the cycle. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 29: Catching Up With Andre Thornton

March 6, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 29 days

Sometimes you can take a ballplayer out of Cleveland, but you can’t take the Cleveland out of the ballplayer. For former Tribe slugger Andre Thornton, it turns out that he’s still got a whole lot of Cleveland left in him and he has no intention of changing that.

“It’s a wonderful place to live and I think it’s a wonderful city,” Thornton said. “My family was raised here—in terms of our sons. We live in the area now and Northeast Ohio has a lot to offer.” Read More

The Tribe Has Options for Players to be Honored at Progressive Field

January 10, 2016 |

With the election this past week of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza to the Hall of Fame, it is an opportune time to ask the question – who should the Cleveland Indians consider honoring at Progressive Field?

Seven former Indians players have been previously honored, either in number or statue or both. Four have had their uniform number retired – Earl Averill, Lou Boudreau, Mel Harder and Bob Lemon. Jim Thome has a statue in his honor, and both Bob Feller and Larry Doby have been memorialized with both a statue and their number retired. What is significant is that of these seven stars of Cleveland Indians history, only Thome played in a single game after the 1958 season. Therefore it is time to consider some players of the more recent eras to be honored at Progressive Field. Read More

Today in Tribe History: December 10, 1977

December 10, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians acquire first baseman Andre Thornton from the Montreal Expos in exchange for pitcher Jackie Brown.

It is the second time this year that Thornton was dealt. In his fourth MLB season, he struggled to a .200 batting … Read More

Today in Tribe History: December 10, 1976

December 10, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians acquire first baseman Andre Thornton from the Montreal Expos in exchange for pitcher Jackie Brown.

It is the second time this year that Thornton is dealt. In his fourth MLB season, he struggled to a .200 batting … Read More

Catching Up With Andre Thornton

October 29, 2014 |

Sometimes you can take a ballplayer out of Cleveland, but you can’t take the Cleveland out of the ballplayer. For former Tribe slugger Andre Thornton, it turns out that he’s still got a whole lot of Cleveland left in him and he has no intention of changing that.

“It’s a wonderful place to live and I think it’s a wonderful city,” Thornton said. “My family was raised here—in terms of our sons. We live in the area now and Northeast Ohio has a lot to offer.”

Over a quarter century has passed since Thornton wore his famous #29 on the field as a member of the Indians, but the former DH and first baseman is still a strong contributor to the place that he calls home.

“You always want to be able to give back to an area that you live in,” Thornton added. Read More