Cleveland Indians in History

Events in Sport

  • 1897-03-09 Cleveland Indians fans start calling the team "Indians" (in 1915 becomes official)
  • 1903-05-17 Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • 1910-04-20 Cleveland Naps Addie Joss 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago, 1-0
  • 1910-05-12 Philadelphia Athletic's "Chief Bender" no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0

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1910-07-19 Cleveland Indians future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young registers his 500th career victory, 5-4 over the Washington Senators in 11 innings

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1912-04-20 Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleveland Indians 6-5

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1912-08-20 Washington Senators future Baseball HOF pitcher Walter Johnson wins AL-record 15th straight, beating Cleveland Naps, 4-2; in nightcap Carl Cushion no-hits Naps, 2-0 in 6 innings

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1914-05-31 Chicago White Sox Joe Benz no-hits Cleveland Indians, 6-1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1915-10-05 Detroit Tigers speedster Ty Cobb steals his 96th base of the season in 5-0 loss to Cleveland Indians; stands as MLB record until 1962 (Maury Wills, 104)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1916-06-26 Cleveland Indians experiment with numbers on their jerseys (one game)
  • 1918-05-24 Cleveland Indians Stan Coveleski sets club record for most innings pitched (19) as the Indians beat the Yankees 3-2
  • 1920-08-17 NY Yankees cancel game with Cleveland Indians in memory of Ray Chapman who died on the same day
  • 1920-10-10 Cleveland Indians outfielder Elmer Smith hits baseball's first ever World Series grand slam (Game 5, 1920)
  • 1920-10-12 Cleveland Indians beat Bkln Dodgers, 5 games to 2 in 17th World Series
  • 1923-07-07 Cleveland Indians set an AL record 27 runs including 13 in the 6th in 27-3 win v Boston Red Sox
  • 1923-07-22 Washington Senators future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson becomes 1st to reach 3,000 career strikeout milestone (en route to 3,508) with 5 K's in 3-1 win over Cleveland Indians

  • 1924-08-02 A's 1st baseman Joe Hauser sets AL record of 14 total bases in a game; 3 HRs and a double as Philadelphia beats Cleveland Indians, 12-4 at Dunn Field

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1927-06-11 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth hits 19th & 20th homers of MLB season record 60 HRs in New York's 6-4 win over Cleveland Indians at Yankees Stadium

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1927-07-12 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth half way to his MLB record of 60 home runs; smacks #30 of Joe Shaute in 9th inning in New York's 7-0 win over Cleveland Indians at Dunn Field
  • 1927-08-22 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits 40th home run during his MLB record 60 HR season in New York's 9-4 loss to Cleveland Indians at Dunn Field
  • 1927-09-13 NY Yankees clinch AL pennant after 5-3 win over Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium; Babe Ruth hits HR #52 en route to MLB record 60
  • 1928-07-29 Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
  • 1929-08-04 Cleveland Indians, trailing 6-5 in 9th with 2 outs score AL record tying 9 runs, beat NY Yankees 14-6
  • 1929-08-11 Babe Ruth becomes 1st professional baseball player to hit 500 homers (off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland Indians)
  • 1931-04-29 Cleveland Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell no-hits St Louis Browns, 9-0
  • 1931-06-06 NY Yankees turn triple-play but lose 7-5 to Cleveland Indians
  • 1932-07-31 Cleveland Indians christen their new home, Municipal Stadium before more than 76,000 fans; lose opener, 1-0 to the Philadelphia A's
  • 1933-07-19 1st time in MLB 2 brothers on opposite teams hit homers in same game - Rick Ferrell (Red Sox) and Wes Ferrell (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1935-08-31 Chicago White Sox Vern Kennedy no-hits Cleveland Indians, 5-0
  • 1937-08-06 MLB overturns NY Yankees 7-6 win over Cleveland Indians because of umpire error
  • 1938-10-02 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller strikes out record 18 Detroit Tigers; his Cleveland Indians still lose 4-1 at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1941-07-25 41-year-old Lefty Grove wins his 300th and final MLB career game as the Boston Red Sox defeat Cleveland Indians, 10-6 at Fenway Park
  • 1941-08-06 Detroit Tigers pitcher Al Benton collects 2 sacrifices in an inning, a MLB record; wins 11-2 vs Cleveland Indians
  • 1941-11-25 Lou Boudreau, 24, becomes Cleveland Indians player manager
  • 1946-04-30 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller's 2nd career MLB no-hitter; beats New York Yankees, 1-0
  • 1946-06-22 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians

  • 1946-06-28 Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians games begins
  • 1946-10-01 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller claims his MLB record 348th strikeout of season in a 4-1 win v Detroit; record stands for 19 years
  • 1947-03-01 Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck sets up spring training camp In racially tolerant Phoenix, AZ in anticipation of signing team's first black players; Larry Doby is first acquisition later in the season
  • 1947-05-01 Cleveland Indians abandon League Park (venue for weekday games) to play all MLB games at Municipal Stadium
  • 1947-07-05 Cleveland Indians rookie Larry Doby becomes 1st black player in AL when he strikes out in 6-5 loss vs Chicago WS
  • 1948-05-20 Cleveland Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4)

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1948-05-27 Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1948-06-30 Cleveland Indians' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
  • 1948-07-07 Cleveland Indians stun MLB by signing 42 year old veteran Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige
  • 1948-08-05 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6) in a 3-0 win v Washington
  • 1948-08-12 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • 1948-08-21 Cleveland Indians 47-inning scoreless streak is broken as future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon yields a home run to Aaron Robinson in a 3-2 loss to Chicago WS
  • 1948-10-04 Cleveland Indians beat Boston Red Sox, 8 - 3, in a one-game playoff to decide the AL pennant; keys are the pitching of Gene Bearden and hitting of Lou Boudreau
  • 1948-10-11 Cleveland Indians beat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2 in 45th World Series
  • 1949-12-01 MLB announces attendance for the season is 20.2 million, down from 20.9 in 1948; New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians each finish with over 2.2 million, but the St. Louis Browns fall to 270,000
  • 1950-06-18 Cleveland Indians score 14 runs in 1st inning, beat A's 21-2
  • 1950-07-02 Cleveland Indians' pitcher Bob Feller wins his 200th MLB game, 5-3 v Detroit Tigers
  • 1950-11-10 After 9 years, Cleveland Indians fire manager Lou Boudreau
  • 1951-07-01 Cleveland Indians veteran hurler Bob Feller pitches his 3rd career no-hitter beating Detroit Tigers, 2-1
  • 1951-07-12 NY Yankees Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleveland Indians, 8-0
  • 1951-08-19 Bill Veeck (St. Louis Browns) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit; he walked on four pitches.
  • 1951-08-25 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • 1952-10-02 Don Liddle beats Bob Lemon 7-4 as the New York Giants complete an unlikely Baseball World Series sweep of the powerful Cleveland Indians; Cleveland season record of 111-43 sets American League mark for regular season wins
  • 1952-12-18 Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleveland Indians president
  • 1954-09-18 Cleveland Indians clinch AL pennant, beat Tigers (3-2)
  • 1954-10-02 New York Giants beat Cleveland Indians, 7-4 in Game 4 to sweep the Baseball World Series, 4-0; Indians trail 7-0 and never recover
  • 1956-02-29 MLB's Cleveland Indians franchise is sold for nearly $4m; former player and the team’s general manager Hank Greenberg is part of the new ownership group
  • 1960-04-17 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • 1962-06-23 Larry Doby retires from Cleveland Indians to play in Japan
  • 1963-07-31 Cleveland Indians hit 4 consecutive home runs to beat Angels, 9-5; Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona and Larry Brown all go deep off Paul Foytack in 6th inning

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1963-08-13 Dave DeBusschere pitches a shutout against the Cleveland Indians

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • 1964-10-03 NY Yankees beat Cleveland Indians, 8-3 to clinch Bronx Bombers 5th consecutive AL pennant, and 29th in club's history
  • 1965-09-16 Boston Red Sox Dave Morehead no-hits Cleveland Indians, 2-0
  • 1968-07-30 Washington shortstop Ron Hansen makes 8th unassisted triple-play in MLB history and first in 41 years as Senators lose, 10-1 to Cleveland Indians
  • 1971-09-14 Cleveland Indians & Washington Senators, play 20 innings
  • 1972-03-22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleveland Indians for $9 million
  • 1973-05-28 Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 6-3, in 21 innings (game started 5/26)
  • 1974-07-19 Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • 1974-10-03 39-year old Frank Robinson becomes MLB’s first African-American manager when he signs as player-manager for Cleveland Indians; agrees to 1-year contract estimated at $180,000

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1975-04-11 Hank Aaron returns to County Stadium as a Milwaukee player after his off-season trade from the Atlanta Braves; Brewers beat Cleveland Indians, 6-2

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1977-04-10 Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
  • 1977-09-05 Cleveland Indians stage 1st "I hate the Yankee Hanky Night"
  • 1978-09-01 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart fans 7 consecutive batters in his MLB debut, en route to 9-3 win v Chicago White Sox
  • 1984-04-27 Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings
  • 1984-09-28 Cleveland Indians down 0-10 to Minnesota Twins, win 11-10
  • 1986-08-21 Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleveland Indians
  • 1987-06-01 Cleveland Indians pitcher Phil Niekro beats Detroit Tigers, 9-6 for his 314th MLB victory; combines with Joe Niekro (216) for most combined wins by brothers in baseball history (530)
  • 1988-09-20 Detroit first baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #18 in Tigers' 4-3 loss to Cleveland Indians; Evans' 400th MLB career HR

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1989-07-19 Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 1991-07-03 Gateway Board of Trustees approve a 20-year lease for the Cleveland Indians to play MLB at Jacobs Field
  • 1991-09-18 American Major League Baseball executive John Hart becomes general manager of Cleveland Indians
  • 1993-04-05 73,293 see the NY Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 9-1 in the season opener at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1993-08-31 Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland Indians 5-4 in 22 innings
  • 1993-09-04 New York Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0 at Yankee Stadium
  • 1993-10-03 Cleveland Indians play their final MLB game at Cleveland Stadium; lose 4-0 to Chicago White Sox Chicago
  • 1994-02-24 Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleveland Indians' park (Jacobs Field)
  • 1994-03-17 It is announced there is no smoking in Cleveland Indians new ballpark
  • 1994-06-25 Cleveland Indians 18 game home win streak ends to Yanks 11-6
  • 1995-05-09 Cleveland Indians tie record of scoring 8 runs before making an out, they beat Twins 10-0
  • 1995-09-08 Cleveland Indians clinch 1st AL Central Division title
  • 1995-09-11 Ohio's Governor Voinovich proclaims "Cleveland Indians Day"
  • 1995-10-01 Cleveland Indians end MLB season at 100-44 to set record 30 game margin over 2nd place Kansas City Royals in AL Central final standings
  • 1995-10-17 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2
  • 1995-10-28 Atlanta Braves beat Cleveland Indians, 1-0 in Game 6 at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium to win their 3rd Baseball World Series; Braves starter Tom Glavine MVP

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891-01-15 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and only MLB player to die from an injury received during a MLB game, born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • 1892-07-26 Sam Jones, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Woodsfield, Ohio (d. 1966)
  • 1896-02-01 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1902-05-21 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Snohomish, Washington (d. 1983)
  • 1915-04-01 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 1975)
  • 1917-05-01 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1918-11-03 Bob Feller, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Triple Crown 1940; 3 x no-hit games), born in Van Meter, Iowa (d.2010)
  • 1920-09-15 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1920-09-22 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago WS; World Series NY Yankees 1978), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 2000)
  • 1924-02-29 Al Rosen, American baseball third baseman (MLB All-Star 1952–55; World Series 1948; AL MVP 1953; Cleveland Indians) and executive (NL Executive of the Year 1989), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1924-04-02 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), born in Veracruz City, Mexico (d. 2004)
  • 1924-12-13 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB All-Star 1949–55; World Series 1948; AL HR leader 1952, 54; 1st African-American in AL; Cleveland Indians), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1925-06-16 Richard Jacobs, philanthropist/sports owner (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1928-02-07 Alphonse "Al" Smith [Fuzzy Smith], American MLB outfielder and third baseman (Cleveland Indians), born in Kirkwood, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • 1933-06-07 Herb Score, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 56; Cleveland Indians) and announcer (Cleveland Indians 1964-97), born in Rosedale, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1935-06-01 Jack Kralick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1964; no hitter 1962; Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1944-08-20 Graig Nettles, American MLB 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-07-21 John Hart, American Major League Baseball executive (Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1954-10-28 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2018)

Person of interestEddie Murray

1956-02-24 Eddie Murray, 1st baseman (Orioles, Dodgers, Cleveland Indians), born in Los Angeles, California

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1957-06-04 Tony Peña, Dominican baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Person of interestOrel Hershiser

1958-09-16 Orel Hershiser, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians), born in Buffalo, New York

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser
Baseball Pitcher
Orel Hershiser
  • 1960-12-10 Paul Assenmacher, American MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964-01-22 Wayne Kirby, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1965-01-02 Greg Swindell, American baseball pitcher (World Series 2001; MLB All Star 1989; Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1965-02-12 Rubén Amaro Jr., American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1965-06-04 Beau Allred, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1966-02-20 Derek Lilliquist, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians, Atl Braves)
  • 1966-04-28 Jim Poole, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1966-05-22 José Mesa, Dominican MBL pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Pueblo Viejo, Dominican Republic
  • 1966-06-18 Sandy Alomar, Puerto Rican catcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1966-08-25 Albert Belle, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians; 5-time MLB All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1967-04-17 Marquis Grissom, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1993, 94; World Series 1995; Gold Glove Award 1993–96; Montreal Expos, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-05-05 Charles Nagy, American baseball pitcher (Olympic gold 1988; MLB All-Star 1992, 96, 99; Cleveland Indians), born in Fairfield, Connecticut
  • 1967-05-31 Kenny Lofton, E Chicago Indiana, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1968-11-04 Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rico, infielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1969-04-15 Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1999; Milwaukee Brewers), born in Westminster, California
  • 1970-01-23 Alan Embree, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in The Dalles, Oregon
  • 1970-08-27 Jim Thome, infielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1970-09-16 Paul Shuey, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Lima, Ohio
  • 1970-11-09 Chad Ogea, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1972-05-30 Manny Ramirez, Dominican-American outfielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1973-05-22 Julian Tavarez, Santiago Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1975-12-09 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), dies from a heart attack at 60

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920-08-17 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 29 after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays
  • 1966-07-06 Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • 1981-03-19 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), dies at 85
  • 1983-08-16 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 81
  • 1986-01-02 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner & promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 1991-12-12 Ken Keltner, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 75
  • 1993-03-22 Steve Olin, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), drowns at 27
  • 1993-03-22 Tim Crews, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), drowns at 31
  • 1993-11-04 Cliff Young, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), dies in car accident at 29
  • 1996-05-19 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), dies from pancreatic cancer at 79
  • 2000-01-11 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago WS; World Series NY Yankees 1978), dies at 79
  • 2002-01-03 Al Smith, American baseball outfielder and third baseman (3-time MLB All Star; Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • 2003-06-18 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB All-Star 1949–55; World Series 1948; AL HR leader 1952, 54; 1st African-American in AL; Cleveland Indians), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2004-10-26 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), dies of diabetes and lung ailment at 80
  • 2008-11-11 Herb Score, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 56; Cleveland Indians) and announcer (Cleveland Indians 1964-97), dies at 75
  • 2012-09-18 Jack Kralick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1964; no hitter 1962; Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians), dies at 77
  • 2015-03-13 Al Rosen, American baseball third baseman (MLB All-Star 1952–55; World Series 1948; AL MVP 1953; Cleveland Indians) and executive (NL Executive of the Year 1989), dies at 91
  • 2018-03-02 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), dies of hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at 63
  • 2018-05-22 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), dies at 97