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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

Coveleski Joins Good Company with Third Series Win

February 24, 2015 |

Oct. 12, 1920 – Columbus Day – was a beautiful day in Cleveland. It was sunny and approaching 70 degrees as everyone prepared for the final World Series game at League Park.

The Indians had won three straight games at home to take a four games to two lead in the World Series. A win that day would end the series. A loss would send it back to Brooklyn. Tris Speaker danced with the one that brung him, and opted to start Stan Coveleski again. It would be his third start in the series, and he’d won his previous two. Robins manager and namesake Wilbert Robinson opted for Burleigh Grimes, who had won game two at Ebbets Field, but lost game five in Cleveland. Robinson had mentioned possibly starting Rube Marquard, but the Cleveland native was in Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets’ doghouse after getting arrested for scalping tickets.

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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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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

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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