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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 31, 2020

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Dennis Eckersley

Today in Tribe History: May 30, 1977

May 30, 2020 |

Dennis Eckersley throws the 13th no-hitter in Indians history as he shuts down the California Angels, 1-0, at Cleveland Stadium. Read More

Lucky Eckersley Fired No-No Before Curiously Quick Exit from Cleveland

May 27, 2020 |

Dennis Eckersley’s stay in Cleveland was curiously short, but in his three seasons with the Indians, he gave the club glimpses of what ultimately became a Hall of Fame career.

Eckersley entered the pro game in 1972 when the Indians drafted the Washington Union High School (Fremont, California) in the third round of the June amateur draft. The 17-year-old stayed fairly close to home early on, reporting to the team’s Reno, Nevada, affiliate in the California League. He made 12 appearances there in 1972 and 31 more in 1973, including a 15-strikeout performance in eight innings in a particularly dominant outing. Between seasons, he married his high school sweetheart, Denise, whom he had met during their freshmen year of high school at Washington High.

At the age of 19, Eckersley moved on to San Antonio, pitching in the Double-A Texas League while showing steady improvement in his numbers. He was the top vote getter for the Texas League All-Star Game after a 13-3 start and was named the league’s pitcher of the year. It was enough to catch the eye of the Indians’ front office, which brought him to spring camp in 1975 with a chance to win a job. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 30, 1978

March 30, 2020 |

Fresh off of his first career All-Star season and a no-hitter on May 30, 1977 (the 200th in MLB history), the Cleveland Indians trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall to the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, catcher Bo Diaz, and utility player Ted Cox. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 37

February 18, 2020 |

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 – 37 days

Cody Allen, the Indians’ all-time saves leader, left Cleveland following the 2018 season after spending eight seasons in the organization. No one wore his vacated number 37 in his absence in 2019. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 30, 1977

May 30, 2019 |

Dennis Eckersley throws the 13th no-hitter in Indians history as he shuts down the California Angels, 1-0, at Cleveland Stadium. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 30, 1978

March 30, 2019 |

Fresh off of his first career All-Star season and a no-hitter on May 30, 1977 (the 200th in MLB history), the Cleveland Indians trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall to the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, catcher Bo Diaz, and utility player Ted Cox. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37

February 19, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 37 days

Like so many others around baseball, Cody Allen has reported to Arizona. This time, however, his home for the spring will not be in Goodyear, but will instead be an hour east in Tempe, home of Tempe Diablo Stadium and the training site of the Los Angeles Angels.

Allen left the Indians this offseason after hitting free agency for the first time. He signed across the country with the Angels in January, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay the seven-year big leaguer an $8.5 million base contract with another $2.5 million possible in incentives. It was likely not the deal that Allen hoped to find this winter, but it came directly after the worst season of his career, one that cost him many millions of dollars. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 30, 1977

May 30, 2018 |

Dennis Eckersley throws the 13th no-hitter in Indians history as he shuts down the California Angels, 1-0, at Cleveland Stadium. Read More

Tribe’s No-Hitter Drought Reaches 37 Years

May 15, 2018 |

Len Barker, getting the sign from Ron Hassey. Ernie Whitt stands in. Wind up, here it comes. Fly ball, center field. Manning coming on, he’s there…he catches it! Len Barker has pitched a no-hitter! A perfect game for Len Barker! The stands erupt, the players go out, Len Barker being surrounded on the field. He has made baseball history here tonight. Len Barker has pitched a perfect ball game. Faces 27 men, retires them all, eleven strikeouts. Len Barker being mobbed on the field, the Cleveland Indians win it, 3-0. – Herb Score’s call of Barker’s perfect game

It has now been 37 years since Len Barker lifted his leg high and tight on a 1-2 pitch to Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ernie Whitt, inducing a fly ball to center field. Rick Manning raced in, arms extended straight out as though he were flying. He raised both arms above his head and he secured the catch before beginning his ascent to the mound with several high hops in celebration of the 27th and final out of Barker’s perfect game. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 30, 1978

March 30, 2018 |

Fresh off of his first career All-Star season and a no-hitter on May 30, 1977 (the 200th in MLB history), the Cleveland Indians trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall to the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, catcher Bo Diaz, and utility player Ted Cox. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37

February 20, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 37 days

Another day is marked off of the calendar as we inch closer and closer to the start of the Cactus and Grapefruit League schedules. Today, we look at the number 37 and its role in Cleveland – most notably on the backs (and sometimes fronts) of Indians players throughout the club’s storied history. The number has been in heavy rotation for the last three and a half decades, appearing in every year since the Indians moved into their beautiful new home in the Gateway District and for nearly a decade before that. Just one time – during the final season that Cleveland Municipal Stadium served as the home of the Tribe – did the number fail to appear.

For the last six years, Cody Allen has championed the number. That will be no different this season, as the now veteran right-hander will once again serve as the closer in manager Terry Francona’s bullpen. But it could be the last season that Allen wears the number, at least for Cleveland – he is set to hit free agency at the end of the year. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 30, 1977

May 30, 2017 |

Dennis Eckersley throws the 13th no-hitter in Indians history as he shuts down the California Angels, 1-0, at Cleveland Stadium. Read More