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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 28, 2021

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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

Heroes of 1920 on Hand to See Tribe Take Game Three

March 29, 2016 |

October 9, 1948

It was the first World Series game that triple play man Bill Wambsganss had seen since his Cleveland Indians defeated the Brooklyn Robins in Game Seven in 1920. The grand slam man, Elmer Smith, had seen a few since, however.

“This is the first series I’ve seen since our 1920 victory,” Wamby shared. “Elmer, of course, played in two other series’ with the New York Yankees.” Read More

Unassisted Triple Plays Almost Commonplace for Tribe

May 13, 2015 |

The unassisted triple play requires a confluence of circumstances and a well-hit ball, typically in the vicinity of a middle infielder.

It’s been called the rarest play in baseball – but for the Indians, it’s practically a signature play. The team’s been involved in six of the 15 unassisted triple plays in modern major league history – executing three of them, and being the victims of three others.

The most recent unassisted triple play by the Indians was Asdrubal Cabrera on May 12, 2008. Cabrera, playing in his first full season with the Indians since capturing fans’ imagination as a callup for the team that won the American League Central the year before, was playing shortstop in the second game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays. Read More

After the 1920 Championship Season

February 27, 2015 |

The 1920 World Championship was the high mark for the Indians, who had reached baseball’s pinnacle after finishing second in the previous two years. It wouldn’t last.

The Yankees’ purchase of Babe Ruth was a game changer. The speed that people thought was lacking on the team as the season dawned turned out to be unnecessary, as it was more than replaced by power. Ruth ended the season with 54 home runs, and would hit 50 or more in a season four more times, including setting the record of 60 in 1927. With six pennants and three World Series wins in the next decade, the Yankees would become the power of the American League for the better part of the next half-century.

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Game 5 Turns into Instant Classic

February 17, 2015 |

There are certain World Series games that are instant classics, like Game 6 in 1975, when Carlton Fisk willed a home run fair to keep the Red Sox alive in the series. And Game 6 in 1986, when the Red Sox snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, giving the Mets new life.

And there are some that represent history. Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series was the first and to date only of its kind, and Game 6 in 1977 saw Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in three successive at-bats, each on the first pitch he saw from a different pitcher.

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Cleveland Goes Wild as City Hosts its First World Series Game

February 10, 2015 |

It was a party nearly 20 years in the making on Oct. 9, 1920. The Fifth City would host its first World Series game as the Indians hosted the Dodgers at League Park.

“Two Ohioans are running for the presidency,” the Plain Dealer wrote, referring to James Cox of Dayton, the Democratic nominee, and Warren Harding, a Republican from Marion. “No one in Cleveland cared.”

Game time was 2 p.m., but the gates opened at 10 a.m., with 9,000 general admission seats available. They sold quickly, and the bleachers filled up by 10:30 a.m. A packed house of 25,734 would watch Stan Coveleski match up against the Dodgers’ Leon Cadore. Among the crowd were about 50 people who were present at a dinner when Jim Dunn bought the Indians. Most of them were employees of the Carlin Rivet Works; owner Anthony Carlin had sponsored the banquet. At it, Dunn promised he would bring a World Series to Cleveland, and everyone in the room would be his guest at the first game. It took four years, but he made good on the promise.

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Indians Return Home in First, Memorialize Chapman

January 6, 2015 |

On Sept. 3, the Indians returned to Cleveland following a 15-game road swing. The eight-team American League was informally divided into a western group of cities – Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis – and an eastern group consisting of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

The Indians had just gone through the eastern cities, starting with the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. Ray Chapman was fatally beaned in the first game of the road trip, and the rescheduling had played havoc with the team, which had lost eight of the first 12 games of the trip, dropping them into third place, trailing the Yankees and White Sox.

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Homestand Begins Amid Tribe Tragedy

December 9, 2014 |

On May 28, the Indians stopped in Pittsburgh for an exhibition game against the Pirates at Forbes Field. In-season exhibitions were surprisingly common during the year, and it wouldn’t be the last one the Tribe would play in the 1920 … Read More

Tribe Pitcher Withstood Lightning Bolt to Finish Game

August 26, 2014 |

Indians manager Tris Speaker took a big chance signing Ray Caldwell. He was a gifted pitcher, but his taste for nightlife and bizarre antics kept him from being one of the best.

So when Caldwell made his debut for the Indians on Aug. 24, 1919, at League Park, he wasn’t going to let anything keep him from finishing the start – not even an act of God.

Caldwell took the hill with a 2-1 lead against the Athletics in the top of the ninth and a chance to finish out the game. Both Indians runs were scored in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit, as Ray Chapman and Speaker were both walked, and came around to score on a sacrifice, an infield out and an error. Caldwell hit George Burns in the top of the fifth, and Burns ultimately scored as well.

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Speaker Falls Flat with Indoor League Attempt

May 6, 2014 |

The Houston Astrodome was billed as the eighth wonder of the world because of its size and novelty – home for the first Major League Baseball team to play indoors.

But indoor baseball wasn’t a new concept when it opened in 1965. In fact, an entire indoor league was formed in 1938 – and died within a month.

In the 19th century, as American society became urbanized, people looked for sporting activities indoor. In 1891, James Naismith invented a game to keep football players conditioned during the winter, and it had been referred to as indoor football before getting its current name: Basketball.

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Heroes of 1920 On Hand to see Tribe take Game Three

March 15, 2014 |

October 9, 1948

It was the first World Series game that triple play man Bill Wambsganss had seen since his Cleveland Indians defeated the Brooklyn Robins in Game Seven in 1920.  The grand slam man, Elmer Smith, had seen a few since, however.

“This is the first series I’ve seen since our 1920 victory,” Wamby said in an article originally from The Plain Dealer.  “Elmer, of course, played in two other series’ with the New York Yankees.”

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