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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 9, 2021

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Bill Veeck

Today in Tribe History: February 9, 1914

February 9, 2017 |

Bill Veeck, who would make instrumental and monumental contributions to the game of baseball, is born in Chicago, Illinois. Read More

Life Caught Up to Indians Owner Veeck 31 Years Ago this Week

January 4, 2017 | | 2 Comments

This week in 1986, Bill Veeck made the front page one last time in Cleveland.

Veeck hadn’t owned the Indians in more than 35 years at that point. In fact, he hadn’t owned a baseball team in six years. But his death of cardiac arrest at the age of 71 gave baseball fans in three cities one last opportunity to claim him as one of their own. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 2, 1986

January 2, 2017 |

Legendary baseball owner Bill Veeck passes away at the age of 71 after a bout of cancer. Read More

Today in Tribe History: November 21, 1949

November 21, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians are sold by owner Bill Veeck for $2.2 million. The new ownership group is headed by Ellis Ryan. Read More

1945 World Series Featured One Former Indian – and Almost a Future One Too

November 2, 2016 |

The 1945 World Series was, until this year, the last appearance in the Fall Classic for the Chicago Cubs.

It also pitted managers against each other that represented the Indians’ past – and possibly its future.

The Tigers manager was Steve O’Neill, who was originally signed by the Athletics but played the bulk of his career for the Indians. He was a part of the 1920 championship team, and ended his career with stints in Boston, the Bronx, and St. Louis. Read More

Dispute Between Burke, Veeck Opened Door for Unlikely Suitor for Indians

July 20, 2016 | | One Comment

In the late 1950s and 1960s, the Indians perpetually seemed to be candidates for a move, with cities like Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Seattle and Oakland mentioned as possible landing spots.

But a dispute over Cleveland Stadium opened the door for a suitor to potentially make the Indians the FOURTH team in New York City. Read More

Indians Warmed Early to Night Baseball

June 29, 2016 |

Today, night baseball is almost taken for granted.

Unless you’re on the North Side of Chicago, day games are a novelty – for the opener, the occasional holiday and a getaway day game on Wednesday or Thursday.

But in the 1930s, night baseball was a novelty – and it took World War II for it to take hold widely. Read More

Veeck’s Ownership Led to an Indians Championship Parade in ‘48

June 22, 2016 |

Seventy years ago Wednesday, baseball innovator and mogul Bill Veeck and a small handful of other investors officially purchased the Cleveland Indians organization, setting the stage less than two years later for one of the most exciting pennant chases the game of baseball had ever seen and one of a handful of sports moments forever celebrated in the city of Cleveland.

Veeck, then 32 years old, had spent his life involved in the game of baseball. Read More

After the Cleveland Indians’ 1948 Season (Part 1)

April 3, 2016 |

The 1948 World Championship was the crowning moment in Bill Veeck’s career as an owner – and one of the loneliest in his life. Veeck would own another pennant winner, but no other world champion. On September 23, 1949, he led a funeral procession out to the outfield to bury the pennant, with the Indians mathematically eliminated from the race. That fall, Veeck’s wife Eleanore filed for divorce, and Veeck was forced to sell the team to pay for it.

In 1951, Veeck, newly married, bought the St. Louis Browns. His idea was to run off the Cardinals, and with a mix of his own wacky promotions and Cardinals owner Fred Saigh’s income tax problems, it appeared he might do so. But Saigh sold the team to Gussie Busch, heir to the brewing fortune and a St. Louis institution. Veeck sought to move the team to Baltimore, but was blocked by baseball owners and was forced to sell the team – which then moved to Baltimore. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 5: Lou Boudreau

March 30, 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 players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 5 days

Number five on our countdown is one of the handful of players honored in Indians history with a retired number. The man held two very distinct titles during his tenure in Cleveland and several more nicknames for good measure.

Whether you called him “Old Shufflefoot”, “Handsome Lou”, “Boy Wonder”, “The Good Kid”, or skipper, Lou Boudreau was one thing in the end – a Hall of Famer. Read More

Indians Close in on New Attendance Heights

February 9, 2016 |

August 21, 1948

After another massive crowd Friday night the Cleveland Indians are closing in on some notable attendance thresholds.

Last night the Indians drew 78,382 fans to Municipal Stadium for Satchel Paige’s third start overall and second at home. Paige tossed a three hit shutout in a 1-0 victory, pushing the Tribe’s scoreless innings streak to 39 innings. The Indians have not given up a run in nearly a week. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 9, 1914

February 9, 2016 |

Bill Veeck, who would make instrumental and monumental contributions to the game of baseball, is born in Chicago, Illinois.

Veeck, the son of the former president of the Chicago Cubs, worked his way up through the baseball ranks doing odds … Read More