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Miracle on Ontario Street (1995): Tribe Comes Back on Memorial Day

December 22, 2015 |

When the 1994 major league season ended abruptly because of a players’ strike, the White Sox were atop the new American League Central Division, with the Indians just a game back and leading in the new AL wild card.

The two teams were expected to continue to contend when the 1995 season picked up, but by the time the Pale Hose made their first visit to Jacobs Field on Memorial Day, they’d fallen into the back of the pack in the division – and the Indians were atop the Central, seven games ahead of the White Sox.

The afternoon game was a bad day for Indians starting pitcher Dennis Martinez, who gave up six runs – five earned – in six innings of work, including a two-run home run to Frank Thomas and a solo shot to Robin Ventura. Read More

Memories of The Greatest Summer Ever

October 3, 2015 |

I’ll never forget the summer of 1995.

I was 13 years old, just about to enter the eighth grade and in love with the Cleveland Indians.  But I wasn’t just some fair-weather fan.  In my mind, I had dealt with the hardships of the bad years, having lived through the late 80’s and early 90’s teams that lost almost all of the time.  I couldn’t stand that it was suddenly sopopular to root for the Indians.  The words “fair weather fans” became a part of my regular vocabulary during the summer of ’95.  Where were all of you when the rest of us were all rooting for a losing team?  It wasn’t until I was in college and the glory years were almost over that I realized that I hadn’t really “dealt” with anything.

“Kids growing up (in the 90’s) and that’s all they knew…they’re in trouble,” former Indian and TV color man Rick Manning said.  “Now look at it…it’s not even close.  (The way it is now) is how Indians baseball was when I played (1975-1983) and even before me.”

People my age are spoiled.  I’m only 30-some years old and have seen the best, most exciting stretch of baseball that Cleveland has ever had.  Sure, I haven’t seen my Tribe win the ultimate prize, but heck, my father just turned 60 and has seen the exact same amount of World Series titles that I have.  We’ve seen the same amount of pennants as well, unless you count the one in 1954 when he was two (even with as big of a baseball fan as my dad is, I doubt that he was paying attention at two).

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The Greatest Summer Ever: The 10th Man

September 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 influence that the Cleveland fans had on the ’95 team.

The 1995 Indians may have come up just short of their ultimate goal of winning the World Series, but you wouldn’t have known it from the outpouring of love the team received from their city.

“Everywhere you went there was Chief Wahoo in every yard,” starting pitcher Charles Nagy said. “The way the fans would come out—they would line our parking lot after the games—it was outstanding.”

“We would always feel like we had a home field advantage here with those fans that we had,” reliever Julian Tavarez added. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Belle Slam Shows California Who’s the AL’s Boss—Indians 7, Angels 5

July 18, 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 18, 1995.

Another night at Jacobs Field, another walk-off homerun. This time, however, the feeling was so, so grand.

In a season filled with excitement and late-inning heroics, Albert Belle topped them all on Tuesday night with a walk-off grand slam off Angels closer Lee Smith to give the Indians a 7-5 victory over the California Angels. The heroic slam came two days after Manny Ramirez lit up another one of baseball’s best closers, Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley. The Tribe had trailed 5-3 entering the ninth inning on Tuesday, but got a spark from the top of their batting order and a little bit of help from Lady Luck. Read More

1995 Game Recap: 3,000! Murray’s Milestone Highlights Tribe Win—Indians 4, Twins 1

June 30, 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 June 30, 1995.

The Indians improved baseball’s best record to 41-17 on Friday night with a 4-1 victory over the lowly Minnesota Twins, but the best team in the Major Leagues took a backseat to one of their own player’s personal milestones.

If he hadn’t already done so in his 19-year career, Tribe DH Eddie Murray stamped his ticket as a first ballot Hall of Famer with his single in the sixth inning—the 3,000th of his amazing career. The man they call “Steady Eddie” lined a fastball from Twins pitcher Mike Trombley between first and second and past a diving Chuck Knoblauch that helped start a game changing rally and made him the 20th player in Major League history to accomplish one of baseball’s rarest and best feats. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Wayne Kirby

May 16, 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 player #24 Wayne Kirby.

When a player finishes fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, logic says that the player is supposed to turn into a starting caliber player.  The only problem with this logic, however, is that sometimes you have All-Stars and potential Hall of Famers blocking your way from ever being a full time starter again after your superb rookie season.

Such was the case for Wayne Kirby, who finished only behind Tim Salmon, Jason Bere and Aaron Sele in the 1993 Rookie of the Year Award standings.  Kirby had a very solid rookie season, batting .269 with 6 homeruns, 60 RBI and 17 stolen bases batting primarily in the number two slot in the batting order.  He also led American League outfielders with 19 assists.  Kirby seemed to have the makings of a solid everyday right fielder.  The Tribe could have done a whole lot worse than writing Kirby’s name in the outfield everyday with budding star Kenny Lofton and All-Star Albert Belle.  To the people whose only focus is on the Major Leagues, Wayne Kirby seemed to have earned his spot.  To those paying attention to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, however, there was a right fielder that was eight years younger and drawing comparisons to the late Roberto Clemente.

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The Greatest Summer Ever: Building on ‘94

April 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 at the idea of picking up where the 1994 team left off.

Around almost all of Major League Baseball, the 1995 season started with anger, disinterest and animosity. The 1994 baseball season had stopped abruptly on August 12 because of a player’s strike and the playoffs and World Series were cancelled on September 14. Fans across America were outraged at the greed of the players, the greed of the owners and the overall attitude that money was everything.

In Cleveland, however, the 1995 season was welcomed with open arms as the young and exciting Indians offered the city hope, excitement and an electricity that the suffering sports town had not seen since the Cleveland Browns of the mid to late 1980’s. Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 4, 1994

April 4, 2015 |

1994 – The Cleveland Indians open up their new home, Jacobs Field, in exciting fashion with a 4-3 walkoff win in extra innings over the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle’s Eric Anthony scored the first run in the Jacobs Field era with … Read More