The 1997 World Series is underway from Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida, where the National League champion Florida Marlins host the Cleveland Indians and defeat them by a 7-4 final.
Florida’s Livan Hernandez gets the better of veteran Orel …
During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.
PART FOURTEEN: ALCS GAME 5—BALTIMORE’S SPECIAL K’S
Game Five of the 1997 American League Championship Series was played on the evening of October 13 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. Baltimore’s starter for the evening, Scott Kamieniecki, had become a solid number four starter for the Orioles over the course of the regular season, but was left out of the starting rotation for their postseason run and had not made a start since a September 24th victory in Toronto. Due to the large number of quality, veteran starters in Baltimore, Kamieniecki was put in the bullpen and his only appearance had been his three shutout innings in relief of Jimmy Key against the Indians in Game Two.
After Key struggled through his first couple starts of the playoffs, Baltimore Manager Davey Johnson decided to go with Kamieniecki rather than Key to start Game Five, a game that Baltimore needed to win. The decision turned out to be a brilliant one for the Orioles, who were down three games to one and facing elimination for the first time all postseason.
This weekend, the Class of 2014 will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. For the third consecutive season, no former Cleveland Indians representative is to be enshrined.
The last time former Indians were added to the list of 306 members of the Hall of Fame was in 2011, when former second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven were selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and joined executive Pat Gillick, who was selected by the Veterans Committee.
This year, all six men entering the Hall saw memorable moments in their careers against the Indians.
The 2014 season will mark 20 years of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the majors). Did the Tribe Win Last Night has compiled a list of the 20 most memorable moments in the field’s history. We’ll count them down for 20 consecutive Saturdays.
13. “Wow!” July 16, 1995
Dennis Eckersley’s major league career started as a starting pitcher for the Indians, and in 1977, he threw a no-hitter for the Tribe against the Angels. But he ended up getting dealt to the Red Sox because of, uh, let’s say clubhouse issues.