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1995 Game Recap: Finally! Indians Clinch First AL Central Division Title!—Indians 3, Orioles 2

September 8, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back September 8, 1995.

At long last, the Cleveland Indians are the 1995 American League Central Division Champions.

Let that sink in for a second before you pop the champagne.

The Cleveland Indians…champions.

This is the same franchise that lost 105 games four years ago. It’s the same one we watched struggle and end each of the last 41 years (a baseball record for futility) in frustration. The same one that was picked to win the World Series less than a decade ago and instead finished in the basement of the AL East. Now, they’re going to the playoffs and are ready to party like its 1948.

The Cleveland Indians are the American League Central Division Champions. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Mesa’s Streak Ends, but Sandy Saves Closer—Indians 6, Tigers 5

August 25, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back August 25, 1995.

One trend for the 1995 season ended on Friday night, but another one just kept right on going.

Even after Tribe closer Jose Mesa blew his first save of the season after starting out a Major League record 38 for 38, the Indians still were able to defeat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on some more Jacobs Field magic—this one a walk-off homerun by catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr. in the bottom of the 11th inning. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Tribe Comes Back on Record-Setting Day for Mesa—Indians 8, Brewers 5

August 20, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back August 20, 1995.

Voltaire, the French Enlightenment Philosopher, once said, “Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.”

For Tribe closer Jose Mesa, the amount of time to achieve a perfection record just happened to be 37 save opportunities.

Mesa broke the Major League record for consecutive saves to start a season by recording his 37th save in 37 tries as the Indians came from behind to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Sunday afternoon. The previous record of 36 was set by Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley during his Cy Young and MVP season of 1992, a former starting pitcher who broke the record during his fifth full season as the Athletics stopper. Mesa—another former starting pitcher—bested Eck in his first season at the back end of the bullpen. On Sunday afternoon, however, the opportunity to get a save seemed very bleak until late. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Bullpen Power

August 1, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at the awesome power of the ’95 bullpen.

It is hard not to look back at the 1995 Indians and think about their hitters. Albert Belle. Carlos Baerga. Kenny Lofton. Jim Thome. Manny Ramirez. Eddie Murray. Sandy Alomar. Omar Vizquel. It’s a Hall of Fame worthy lineup with several players that have Hall of Fame credentials. Defensively, the roster boasted 32 Gold Glove Awards as well, led by Vizquel’s 12 at shortstop.

In addition to the slugging offense, the starting pitcher quartet of Dennis Martinez, Orel Hershiser, Charles Nagy and Ken Hill also had 11 All-Star appearances between them with a Cy Young Award (Hershiser) and a perfect game (Martinez) to boot. With so much star-power, it is easy to forget about the other aspect of that roster that was equally as dominant as any other…but it wasn’t supposed to be. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Baerga Shines in All-Star Defeat—NL All-Stars 3, AL All-Stars 2

July 11, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back July 11, 1995.

After so many seasons of sending one player to the Midsummer Classic just because every team had to send somebody, the Cleveland Indians were more than just a little represented in Arlington on Tuesday night.

The Indians sent six players to the 66th All-Star Game, including three starters. Clevelanders occupied the first, second and fifth spots in the American League’s batting lineup and the Tribe did not disappoint, despite the National League’s 3-2 victory. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Twin Killing! Five DP’s pace Tribe as Nagy gets Opener Win on B-Day—Indians 5, Twins 1

May 5, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back May 5, 1995.

It seems like it has been forever, but baseball is finally back at Jacobs Field.

After waiting through an eight month player’s strike, a delayed spring training and then a 4-3 road trip to Arlington and Detroit, the Indians were welcomed back to Cleveland with a warm reception by 41,434 excited fans on Friday evening. The Tribe did not disappoint, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins by a score of 5-1. Read More

Today In Tribe History: October 26, 1995

October 26, 2014 | | One Comment

Despite a legitimate scare in the ninth, the Cleveland Indians hold on to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in Game 5 of the World Series to delay their season’s end by at least one more game. The Braves now have a … Read More