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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 Athletics pitcher Charles "Chief" Bender no-hits Cleveland Naps, 4-0

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1910-07-19 Cy Young wins the 500th game of his Baseball HOF career as the Cleveland Naps beat Washington Senators, 5 - 2, in 11 innings; only pitcher in MLB history to reach milestone

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

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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
  • 1920-08-16 Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman is hit in head by NY Yankees pitcher Carl Mays; he dies the next day in only MLB game related fatality
  • 1920-08-17 New York Yankees cancel game with Cleveland Indians in memory of Ray Chapman who dies after being hit by a pitch the previous day
  • 1920-10-09 1st World Series game in Cleveland, Indians win 2-1
  • 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
  • 1921-09-27 MLB NY Yankees beat Cleveland Indians 21-7 at Polo Grounds, NYC
  • 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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1926-08-11 Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF outfielder Tris Speaker hits his 700th double in 7-2 loss to Chicago WS at Dunn Field, Cleveland

Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker

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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 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth becomes first MLB player to hit 500 home runs (off Willis Hudlin) in 6-5 loss to Indians at League Park, Cleveland
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1932-06-23 St Louis Browns beat NY Yankees, 14-10; Lou Gehrig's 1,103rd consecutive game in a Yankees uniform, equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland Indians)

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 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
  • 1936-07-19 17 year old Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF pitcher Bob Feller makes his MLB debut in relief in 9-5 loss to Senators at Griffith Stadium, Washington
  • 1936-08-23 17 year old Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF pitcher Bob Feller's debut MLB game; strikes out 15 St Louis Browns in 4-1 win at League Park, Cleveland
  • 1936-09-13 17 year old Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF pitcher Bob Feller strikes out then record 17 Philadelphia A's in 5-2 win at League Park, Cleveland
  • 1937-08-06 MLB overturns New York 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
  • 1940-04-16 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller hurls the first and only Opening Day no-hitter in MLB history; beats Chicago WS, 1-0 at Comiskey Park
  • 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

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1946-06-21 Bill Veeck buys baseball team Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 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 White Sox
  • 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

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1948-07-07 Cleveland Indians stun MLB by signing 42 year old veteran Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Satchel Paige
Baseball Hall of Fame 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 an American League record 14 runs in 1st inning; beat Philadelphia A's, 21-2 at Cleveland Stadium
  • 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
  • 1952-04-23 Bob Cain of Browns & Bob Feller of Cleveland Indians each pitch a one-hitter
  • 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
  • 1954-10-02 Don Liddle beats Bob Lemon 7-4 as the New York Giants complete an unlikely World Series sweep of the powerful Cleveland Indians; Cleveland season record of 111-43 sets American League mark for regular season wins
  • 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
  • 1959-07-26 Chicago White Sox Larry Doby plays final MLB game; retires in 1962 after playing for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan
  • 1960-04-17 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • 1963-07-31 MLB Cleveland Indians ties record of 4 consecutive home runs to beat California 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
  • 1966-04-11 Emmett Ashford becomes first African American major league baseball umpire in Washington Senators’ game against the Cleveland Indians at D.C. Stadium
  • 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)
  • 1974-04-06 Yankees 1st home game at Shea Stadium, while Yankee Stadium is renovated; beat Cleveland Indians 6-1
  • 1974-07-19 Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0

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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

Baseball Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
Baseball Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • 1975-04-08 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st African American baseball manager (Cleveland Indians beat New York Yankees, 5-3)

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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
  • 1976-09-18 Cleveland Indians player-manager Frank Robinson plays last game as a player
  • 1977-04-10 Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
  • 1977-06-19 MLB Cleveland Indians fire manager Frank Robinson and replace him with Jeff Torborg
  • 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
  • 1984-05-02 MLB Cleveland Indians' infielder Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 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)

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestTris Speaker

1888-04-04 Tris Speaker, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; AL MVP 1912; career batting average .345 [6th all-time]; Cleveland Indians) and manager (Cleveland Indians), born in Hubbard, Texas (d. 1958)

Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker
  • 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)

Person of interestBill Veeck

1914-02-09 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 1915-04-01 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 1975)
  • 1916-10-31 Ken Keltner, American MLB baseball third baseman, 1937-50, 7x All-Star (Cleveland Indians; Boston Red Sox), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1991)
  • 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, American 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, American real estate developer, philanthropist, and sports team owner (Cleveland Indians, 1986-99), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1928-02-07 Alphonse "Al" Smith [Fuzzy Smith], American MLB outfielder and third baseman (Cleveland Indians), born in Kirkwood, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • 1932-05-26 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 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)
  • 1935-08-13 Jim "Mudcat" Grant, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963, 65; Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and 5 other teams), singer, and writer (Black Aces), born in Lacoochee, Florida (d. 2021)
  • 1937-05-15 Joe Tait, American sports broadcaster (Cleveland Cavaliers [radio], Cleveland Indians [TV & radio]), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1944-08-20 Graig Nettles, American MLB 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947-05-14 Dick "Dirt" Tidrow, American MLB pitcher, 1972-84 (Cleveland Indians; New York Yankees and 3 other teams), and executive (Asst GM, San Francisco Giants), born in San Francisco, 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, American MLB Hall of Fame 1st baseman, 8x All-star, 3x Golden Glove (Baltimore Orioles, 1977-88 & 96; L.A. Dodgers, 1989-91 & 97, and three other teams), 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 MLB baseball pitcher, 1987-2007, 2X All-Star (Cleveland Indians; Philadelphia Phillies, and 6 other teams), 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 baseball outfielder (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 2004 [MVP], 07; 9 × Silver Slugger Award; Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox), 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
  • 1982-04-15 Michael Aubrey, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1982-05-28 Jhonny Peralta, Dominican MLB baseball shortstop, 2003-17, 3X All-Star (Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Santiago, Dominican Republic

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920-08-17 Ray Chapman, American baseball shortstop (Cleveland Indians), dies after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays at 29

Person of interestTris Speaker

1958-12-08 Tris Speaker, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; AL MVP 1912; career batting average .345 [6th all-time]; Cleveland Indians) and manager (Cleveland Indians), dies at 70

Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker
  • 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

Person of interestBill Veeck

1986-01-02 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 1991-12-12 Ken Keltner, American MLB baseball third baseman, 1937-50 (Cleveland Indians; Boston Red Sox), dies of a heart attack 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
  • 2009-06-05 Richard Jacobs, American real estate developer, philanthropist, and sports team owner (Cleveland Indians, 1986-99), dies at 83
  • 2012-09-18 Jack Kralick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1964; no hitter 1962; Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians), dies from complications of strokes 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
  • 2021-03-03 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), dies at 88
  • 2021-03-10 Joe Tait, American sports broadcaster (Cleveland Cavaliers [radio], Cleveland Indians [TV & radio]), dies at 83
  • 2021-06-12 Jim "Mudcat" Grant, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963, 65; Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and 5 other teams), singer, and writer (Black Aces), dies at 85 [1]