48 Facts About Cleveland Indians


Cleveland Indians Guardians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland Indians.

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Common nicknames for the Cleveland Indians were the "Tribe" and the "Wahoos", the latter referencing their longtime logo, Chief Wahoo.

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Cleveland Indians was thus the NA's westernmost outpost in 1872, the year the club folded.

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Cleveland Indians was not among its charter members, but by 1879 the league was looking for new entries and the city gained an NL team.

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The Cleveland Indians Blues merged with the St Louis Maroons UA team in 1885.

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Cleveland Indians went without major league baseball for two seasons until gaining a team in the American Association in 1887.

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Cleveland Indians Infants competed in the Players' League, which was well-attended in some cities, but club owners lacked the confidence to continue beyond the one season.

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The Cleveland Indians Infants finished with 55 wins and 75 losses, playing their home games at Brotherhood Park.

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The Cleveland Indians franchise was among its eight charter members, and is one of four teams that remain in its original city, along with Boston, Chicago, and Detroit.

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Cleveland Indians suffered from financial problems in their first two seasons.

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The name referred to the nickname "Indians" that was applied to the Cleveland Spiders baseball club during the time when Louis Sockalexis, a Native American, played in Cleveland .

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Cleveland Indians finished two games ahead of Chicago and three games ahead of the Yankees to win its first pennant, led by Speaker's.

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Cleveland Indians were a middling team by the 1930s, finishing third or fourth most years.

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Cleveland Indians entered 1941 with a young team and a new manager; Roger Peckinpaugh had replaced the despised Vitt; but the team regressed, finishing in fourth.

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The Cleveland Indians had briefly moved from League Park to Municipal Stadium in mid-1932, but moved back to League Park due to complaints about the cavernous environment.

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From 1937 onward the Cleveland Indians began playing an increasing number of games at Municipal, until by 1940 they played most of their home slate there.

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The massive stadium did permit the Cleveland Indians to set the then-record for the largest crowd to see a Major League baseball game.

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In 1953, Al Rosen was an All Star for the second year in a row, was named The Sporting News Major League Player of the Year, and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in a unanimous vote playing for the Cleveland Indians after leading the AL in runs, home runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage, and coming in second by one point in batting average.

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However, Cleveland Indians only won a single pennant in the decade, in 1954, finishing second to the New York Yankees five times.

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The Cleveland Indians returned to the World Series to face the New York Giants.

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Cleveland Indians remained a talented team throughout the remainder of the decade, finishing in second place in 1959, George Strickland's last full year in the majors.

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From 1960 to 1993, the Cleveland Indians managed one third-place finish and six fourth-place finishes but spent the rest of the time at or near the bottom of the standings, including four seasons with over 100 losses .

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Cleveland Indians hired general manager Frank Lane, known as "Trader" Lane, away from the St Louis Cardinals in 1957.

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One of Lane's early trades in Cleveland Indians was to send Roger Maris to the Kansas City Athletics in the middle of 1958.

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The Indians received Steve Demeter in the deal, who had only five at-bats for Cleveland.

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Kuenn, on the other hand, played only one season for the Cleveland Indians before departing for San Francisco in a trade for an aging Johnny Antonelli and Willie Kirkland.

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In 1965, the Cleveland Indians traded pitcher Tommy John, who would go on to win 288 games in his career, and 1966 Rookie of the Year Tommy Agee to the White Sox to get Colavito back.

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The Cleveland Indians traded fireballer "Sudden Sam" McDowell for Perry, who became the first Indian pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.

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In 1975, Cleveland Indians broke another color barrier with the hiring of Frank Robinson as Major League Baseball's first African American manager.

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Cleveland Indians were named "Organization of the Year" by Baseball America in 1992, in response to the appearance of offensive bright spots and an improving farm system.

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The Cleveland Indians opened Jacobs Field in 1994 with the aim of improving on the prior season's sixth-place finish.

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The Cleveland Indians repeated as AL Central champions but lost to the wild card Baltimore Orioles in the Division Series.

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Cleveland Indians became the first team to lose the World Series after carrying the lead into the ninth inning of the seventh game.

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Young Cleveland Indians teams finished far out of contention in 2002 and 2003 under new manager Eric Wedge.

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However, the season came to an end as the Cleveland Indians went on to lose six of their last seven games, five of them by one run, missing the playoffs by only two games.

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The Cleveland Indians had a solid offensive season, led by career years from Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore.

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The Cleveland Indians improved significantly over the prior year and went into the All-Star break in second place.

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Cleveland Indians began their playoff run by defeating the Yankees in the ALDS three games to one.

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The Cleveland Indians sent their top two pitchers in the minors, Alex White and Drew Pomeranz along with Joe Gardner and Matt McBride.

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Cleveland Indians made his first appearance in an Indians uniform since he left Cleveland after the 2002 season.

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The Cleveland Indians finished the season in 2nd place, 15 games behind the division champion Tigers.

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On October 6, the Cleveland Indians announced that Terry Francona, who managed the Boston Red Sox to five playoff appearances and two World Series between 2004 and 2011, would take over as manager for 2013.

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Cleveland Indians entered the 2013 season following an active offseason of dramatic roster turnover.

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The 2013 Cleveland Indians increased their win total by 24 over 2012, finishing in second place, one game behind Detroit in the Central division, but securing the number one seed in the American League Wild Card Standings.

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Cleveland Indians began the 2016 postseason by sweeping the Boston Red Sox in the best-of-five American League Division Series, then defeated the Blue Jays in five games in the 2016 American League Championship Series to claim their sixth American League pennant and advance to the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

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From August 24 through September 15 during the 2017 season, the Cleveland Indians set a new American League record by winning 22 games in a row.

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In 2019, despite a two-game improvement, the Cleveland Indians missed the playoffs as they trailed three games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL Wild Card berth.

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Cleveland Indians has heard that there are some protesting against the mascots, but individual teams such as the Indians and Atlanta Braves, whose name was criticized for similar reasons, should make their own decisions.

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