The number 42 should have come out of retirement on April 15 as part of Major League Baseball’s annual recognition of the accomplishments of Jackie Robinson. With baseball instead an afterthought in the new era of social distancing, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue to dig through the archives weekly to provide some distraction amidst the chaos.
Today’s post comes courtesy of Vince Guerrieri in a story originally published on July 29, 2015.
Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 19 days
If you ask Clevelanders which player was the best to wear the number 19 while representing the city in a sporting event, chances are you will get a lot of answers naming former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar as their pick.
No knock on Bernie, but he doesn’t hold a candle in comparison to one of the best 19s ever to play the game of baseball, Bob Feller.
After arguably one of the worst seasons of his Major League career, Cleveland superstar Bob Feller asks for and receives a pay cut following a disappointing 1949 season with the Indians. His salary decreases from $65,000 to $45,000.
Each year, Americans take pause to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11. The day, occasionally confused with the intentions of Memorial Day, recognizes and honors veterans of military service and not just those who paid the ultimate price during active duty. Known initially as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I, the holiday’s name was changed in 1954 to its current incarnation, but is no less significant in its purpose.
Major League Baseball has had its fair share of ball players with military experience, including a total of 68 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who are recognized there by medals hanging below their bronze plaques in the Plaque Gallery in Cooperstown. Some of these players fulfilled their commitments prior to their playing careers while others completed theirs afterwards. Plenty, however, sacrificed time during the prime years of their professional careers to serve the greater good and protect the nation as a whole.
There was a fair bit of controversy on this date in 1937, as the Cleveland Indians would protest a 7-6 loss to the New York Yankees as the home town club rallied for two runs in the bottom of the tenth to earn a win aided by some confusion among the umpires calling the game.