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The Greatest Summer Ever: Alvaro Espinoza

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 #22 Alvaro Espinoza....
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The Greatest Summer Ever: Wayne Kirby

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...
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Cavs' clincher demands satisfaction

This guy!  Thursday night's semifinal series finisher putting the Cavaliers over the bastard-tough Bulls was by no means the most exciting Clevelandsports victory I've ever witnessed. It had no moments that will be burned into the brain forever, like Kenny Lofton sprinting home from secondon a passed ball or LeBron James historically dropping 25 straight points on the Pistons....
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

1995 Game Recap: A First for the History Books—Indians 10, Royals 0

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 May 9, 1995. Sometimes when it...
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1995 Game Recap: Wait, Wait, Wait, Wait…Win!—Indians 10, Twins 9

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 May 7, 1995. The 39,431 fans at...
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Today in Tribe History: May 3, 1992

1992 – In a rare feat in Major League Baseball, Cleveland outfielder Alex Cole steals five bases in one game. His efforts are for naught, however, as the Indians fall to the California Angels by a 6-3 final at Cleveland Stadium. It marked just the 15th time in the modern era of baseball that one player stole at least five bases in a game. Cole became just the second player in MLB...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Building a Pennant Winner

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 how the 1995 Indians roster...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Ruben Amaro

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 #27: Ruben Amaro. Ruben...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Building on ‘94

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...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: April 9, 2000

2000 – The Indians improved to 4-2 on the season behind an offensive eruption on the way to a 17-4 victory over the Devil Rays in Tampa Bay, but not everyone enjoyed a good day at the plate. Leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton was 2-for-4 with four RBI, courtesy of a two-run triple and an RBI double. Omar Vizquel added two hits and five runs batted in over five at bats with a sacrifice...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Leading Off An Incredible Summer: Opening Night In 1995

As the Indians prepare to play their 114th opening night in it’s history, they will do so in the same state they opened the 1995 season: Texas. With big expectations placed upon the club from the media, it’s fitting they start the season in a state where everything is bigger. It is a miracle the 1995 season started to begin with. The season prior was cut short due to a ferocious...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: March 31, 1993

The Cleveland Indians acquire pitcher Mark Clark and minor league infielder Juan Andujar from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Mark Whiten. Clark, coming off of a 3-10 season in 20 games in his second season in the Majors with the Cards in 1992, will go 27-15 for the Indians in three seasons with the club. He will be traded to the New York Mets exactly three years...
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Today in Tribe History: March 25, 1997

With his free agency pending following the season, the Cleveland Indians send star outfielder Kenny Lofton and reliever Alan Embree to the Atlanta Braves for outfielders David Justice and Marquis Grissom. It was a move that benefitted both teams. Atlanta received a Gold Glove and All-Star center fielder in Lofton, who was arguably the best leadoff hitter in baseball, while adding...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 10 Indians Comeback Kids

While much emphasis is placed on how players rarely stay with a single team over their entire career in the present era, this is not a new issue. Over the course of the history, most of the best players on the Tribe have spent at least a little time somewhere else. The following list denotes those players who made a name for themselves with the Tribe, left, but came back before they...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

“Glory Days in Tribe Town” – A Discussion With Author Terry Pluto

Question: Among all of the beloved Cleveland Indians of the 1990s, what in particular do the following players have in common: Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez, and Sandy Alomar? Pause and consider if you like, but don’t worry. What follows is a clue, and then the answer. The clue is this: What Omar, Manny, and Sandy do share is what the following players do not- Kenny Lofton, Carlos...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Celebrating humanity in sport, and gearing up for Tribe season: While We’re Waiting…

Happy it’s-how-freaking-cold-outside-again-day, Blawg Pound. If you are fortunate enough to have a car, I hope that you are also fortunate enough to have a garage. I wrote a week ago that this winter hadn’t been that bad. I retract that sentiment, and extend a solemn, respectful middle finger to Mother Nature. I would like to spend this morning celebrating the human side of...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Olson recalls storied rivalry with Tarkanian

TUCSON, Ariz. -- For nearly three decades, Arizona coach Lute Olson and former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian were bitter rivals. But 10 years ago or so, Olson would often be a frequent guest on Tarkanian's radio show and most recently as a year ago, the two found their respective soft spots -- and respect for one another - with a great picture of Tarkanian sitting in a wheelchair with...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Colavito Was More Than Just Rock Solid

“He was everything a ballplayer should be.  Best of all, he had a nickname.  Baseball fans love nicknames, especially when they fit.”  –Terry Pluto, The Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump When you think about the most popular players in recent Cleveland Indians memory, you might think about the mighty power of Jim Thome, Travis Hafner or Albert...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Hall Calls Johnson, Edgar Left Out Again

Johnson In, But Edgar Deserving Tuesday the MLB Hall of Fame released the results of the hall vote.  At last we know who is headed to Cooperstown and who is stuck on a clogged ballot loaded with names of worthy candidates. The good news for Seattle Mariners fans was that ace starting pitcher Randy Johnson is in on his very first try.  The bad news is that Edgar Martinez is still...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Lacking Cooperstown Candidates

This week, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce this year’s class of inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. As has been the case for the last several years, the ballots will be largely devoid of any former Cleveland Indians players. This year’s ballot features just three former Indians of the 34 players eligible. Neither Brian Giles, who began...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The Case for Kenny Lofton’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

Kenny Lofton played 17 amazing seasons in Major League Baseball, electrifying us all with blinding speed and highlight reel catches. He spent ten seasons in the Forest City, endearing himself to Tribe fans forever. Lofton’s speed and defense truly set him apart and made him one of the best center fielders and lead-off hitters in baseball history. However, the writers did not see...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Top Ten Indians Outfields

In the past, we have covered the greatest players in Indians history at each position (left field, center field and right field can been seen with the appropriate links) and written more detailed profiles for hundreds of the greatest Indians ever. Now, it is time to recognize when these stars aligned and created something really special. The first edition showed the top ten batteries...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: December 8, 1997

The Indians are wheeling and dealing all over the place, signing free agent center fielder Kenny Lofton to a three-year deal and Dwight Gooden to a two-year tender. They also trade expendable center fielder Marquis Grissom, originally acquired for Lofton prior to the 1997 season, and pitcher Jeff Juden to Milwaukee for pitchers Ben McDonald, Ron Villone, and Mike Fetters. Not finished...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Book Excerpt: “Glory Days in Tribe Town” by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton

Editor’s Note: In the new book “Glory Days in Tribe Town” (softcover $15.95/ebook $9.99), Terry Pluto teams up with legendary broadcaster Tom Hamilton to tell the story of the Cleveland Indians of the 1990s. The 336-page book also includes personal recollections from dozens of Tribe fans. This excerpt looks at Albert Belle’s stunning career and his superstations on and off...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

How Cheap Are the Dolans, Really?

One of the biggest complaints about the Cleveland Indians from their own fans is the stereotype that faces almost every team owner in every sport ever, that they are cheap. It is seen and heard anywhere Tribe fans gather that Larry and now Paul Dolan will never spend the kind of money necessary to win a World Series and new ownership is needed. While the fact that the Indians are...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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