Cleveland Indians Information
The Indians is a baseball franchise based in Cleveland, Ohio, that plays in the Major League. The team was originally known as the Cleveland Blues in 1901, which was changed to the Cleveland Broncos from 1902 to 1904. The team’s name was again changed to the Cleveland Naps from 1905 to 1914, in honor of Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, the team’s long-time leader. The Cleveland Indians acquired its current name after “Nap” Lajoie left the team. Speculations of how the Cleveland team acquired its present name are varied, but among the most popular theories is that the name “Indians” was given in honor of the great Louis Sockalexis, who played for the Cleveland Spiders from 1897 to 1899. The Cleveland Indians is also affectionately referred to as “the Tribe.”
The Cleveland-based franchise joined the Major League in 1901, being a part of the 8 charter members of the American League. The original owners of the Cleveland baseball franchise were Charles W. Somers and Jack Kilfoy. Ownership of the Cleveland Indians changed hands in 1916, when Somers sold the franchise to a syndicate, at the helm of which is James C. "Jack" Dunn. It was during this time that the Cleveland Indians begun to shape-up as contending team in the Major League. Dunn hired Lee Fohl as the Indians’ new manager, who subsequently brought in young and talented pitchers in the person of Stan Coveleski and Jim Bagby.
In 1919, managerial duties changed hands to Cleveland player-manager, Tris Speaker. The Cleveland Indians went out strong in the 1920 season, and Indians tickets were hot items. The Cleveland-based team enjoyed a very successful season, culminating to their first World Series title against the Brooklyn Robins, whom they defeated in a 5-2 series. By 1927, the ownership of the Indians changed hands when Dunn’s widow, Mrs. George Pross, decided to sell the franchise to Alva Bradley.
During the 1930’s, the success that the Indians enjoyed during the 1920 season remained to be elusive. Cleveland Indians fans’ hope for glory rose with the arrival of Bob Feller, an excellent fastball pitcher, who joined the Indians in 1936. By 1940, the pennant was again within the reach of the Cleveland team, led by Feller, third baseman Ken Keltner, pitcher Mel Harder, and shortstop Lou Boudreau. However, the Cleveland Indians were spurned by the Detroit Tigers, led by the unknown Floyd Geibell.
In 1947, Bill Veeck’s group bought the Indians from Bradley’s group. Veeck was a very talented promoter, and he realized that he had acquired a contending team. He chose to relocate the Indians from the aging League Park to the Cleveland Stadium, which can accommodate more spectators. In 1954, the Cleveland Indians was able to make a Major League record in attendance, seating more than 84,000 fans with Indians tickets in a single game. Bill Veeck was also among the first to break the racial barrier. In 1947 Veeck hired Larry Dobby, an African-American player who used to play for the Newark Eagles of the Negro League. Larry Dobby proved to be a very able player, was a very effective center fielder, and led in homeruns in the American League 2 times in its 1948 season. Veeck also hired legendary pitcher Satchel Paige in 1948.
The Cleveland Indians were again able to regain glory in the 1948 season. Led by veterans Boudreau, Keltner, and Joe Gordon, who’ve had impressive career offensive seasons, the Cleveland Indians were able to reach the World Series by defeating the Boston Red Sox. The Cleveland Indians then defeated the Boston Braves in the 1948 World Series, in a 4-2 series.
In 1949, ownership of the Cleveland Indians again changed hands. Veeck sold the franchise to William Daley, and the team continued to be a contender, even bagging a pennant in 1954.
The Cleveland Indians are hosted at the Jacobs Field. Jacobs Field has accommodated fans with Indians tickets since 1994. Jacobs Field has replaced the Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The very first Indians game that was played at Jacobs Field was on the 4th of April, 1994, against the Seattle Mariners. Cleveland fans with Indians tickets were treated with a 4-3 victory.
Cleveland fans are among the most avid baseball fans in the MLB. Through their warm support, The Cleveland Indians posted another record with most consecutive sold out games. Between the period of the 1995 and the 2002 season, Indians tickets were sold out, and the franchise was able to post an impressive 455 consecutive sold out games. The franchise retired jersey #455 in honor of the fans who made this feat possible.
The Cleveland Indians current 40-man roster is made up of the following players:
• 63 Rafael Betancourt
• 47 Joe Borowski
• 36 Paul Byrd
• 56 Fernando Cabrera
• 55 Fausto Carmona
• 50 Jason Davis
• 46 Aaron Fultz
• 39 Roberto Hernandez
• 58 Juan Lara
• 31 Cliff Lee
• 66 J.D. Martin
• 40 Tom Mastny
• 59 Matt Miller
• 49 Edward Mujica
• 53 Rafael Perez
• 52 C.C. Sabathia
• 54 Brian Slocum
• 45 Jeremy Sowers
• 37 Jake Westbrook
• 41 Victor Martinez
• 10 Kelly Shoppach
• 68 Michael Aubrey
• 29 Josh Barfield
• 1 Casey Blake
• 25 Ryan Garko
• 7 Joe Inglett
• 27 Hector Luna
• 30 Andy Marte
• 2 Jhonny Peralta
• 15 Mike Rouse
• 17 Shin-Soo Choo
• 20 David Dellucci
• 65 Ben Francisco
• 38 Franklin Gutierrez
• 8 Jason Michaels
• 33 Trot Nixon
• 24 Grady Sizemore
• 75 Brad Snyder
• 48 Travis Hafner
• 22 Eric Wedge (Manager)
• 35 Joel Skinner (Bench Coach)
• 6 Luis Rivera (First Base/Infield Coach)
• -- Jeff Datz (Third Base Coach)
• -- Derek Shelton (Hitting Coach)
• 4 Luis Isaac (Bullpen Coach)
• 57 Carl Willis (Pitching Coach)
• 43 Dan Williams (Bullpen Catcher)
• 96 Rubén Félix (Bullpen Catcher)
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