Indians

Reds Manager Bryan Price is Tribe Manager Lou Boudreau? Roger Recalls

So, I received a text from my brother Roger a few weeks back, after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics to move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Bryan Price? It was strange to see his name come up. I live in Cincinnati, and my impression was there was nothing very remarkable about the

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Indians

On the Tribe’s Wayne Garland, and efforts that backfire

Come with me, to the land of unintended consequences. We’re going to begin with some yard work. You got a long sleeve shirt? Good. Here’s a cigar and some gloves. No, I am not going to put on my aerator spike shoes. At this point, I am wondering when I am going to live that

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Indians

On Tribe Talk, Dennis Eckersley, and Mother’s Day

A local FM rock radio station once featured a call-in segment on Friday afternoons. One by one, callers would share the punchlines of jokes. It didn’t matter how raunchy the jokes were if the punchlines were clean. And they weren’t all dirty — some were silly, while others were just fun cultural references, like gags from

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Browns

The Ballad of Mad Dog, Chip and The Coach

A new era dawned in Eighty Five Eight and eight and the playoffs once Art’s “son” arrived A tough end to Eighty Six, 98 yards and a high kick to the side Though the real loss came months prior when Don Rogers died Still the gleam was revealed to the team, by the coach They

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Indians

The Tribe’s Ray Fosse — Roger Remembers

“You call the next one.” In disc yard golf, the winner of the previous ‘hole’ chooses and describes the next ‘hole.’ Roger twirled the heavy Frisbee around his index finger. “Over the driveway, around the garage to the left, and hit the corner of the wooden fence in the side yard. The driveway, my truck,

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Indians

Reminiscing With Roger: The Tribe’s Keith Hernandez

My confidence was growing to new heights. By now, I’d become Eckersley-level cocky. My weird, throw-it-with-all-my-might pitch was still fairly unpredictable, but I’d suddenly stumbled into learning to keep it somewhere in the strike zone. I could always throw sweeping curves and sliders, but they broke slowly and consistently. Roger had long shown the ability

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Multimedia

Listen to Indians player-manager Frank Robinson’s 1975 debut

On April 8, 1975, Frank Robinson broke the color barrier for managers in MLB by becoming a player-manager for the Indians. During the game, he crushed a home run that can be heard as the youthful Herb Score and Joe Tait make the call just after the 13 minute mark during this historic game. Thanks

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Indians

What Do Tom Candiotti and Tommy John Have in Common? Reliving Yesteryear

Tribe fans: Tom Candiotti and Tommy John share some things in common. How many can you think of? For added fun, we’re including an old-school, game show ‘ding’ for each time something in common is mentioned. Here: Try it out! Let’s begin with a warmup: Most sports fans would agree that the parents of Candiotti

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Featured, General

Pete Rose, and HOF eligibility: A Tribe Fan’s Perspective

Oh, no doubt. It was entirely predictable. It was just a matter of time until momentum began to build, in earnest. Public sentiment for Major League Baseball to restore Hall of Fame eligibility to Pete Rose was bound to reach the tipping point at which we find ourselves today. After all, we are a forgiving

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Indians

Tribe Fans Need to Know Lefty Weisman: Reliving Yesteryear

Tris Speaker loved him. The Boston Red Sox center fielder had become one of the biggest stars in baseball in the years immediately preceding the Babe Ruth era, along with Detroit’s Ty Cobb. “Spoke” frequented the newsboy’s corner, a coveted (and fought-over) spot at Fenway Park — Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue — and was entertained by

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Indians

“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

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Indians

1957: The end of an era, for catcher Jim Hegan and the Tribe

No, honest: Spring is approaching. I know because I just followed the progress of the Tribe’s equipment trucks’ sojourn to Goodyear, much like a small child refreshing noradsanta.org to track the location of the jolly man’s sleigh. Their pitchers and catchers are already beginning supervised workouts in the warm sun of Arizona. It’s a time

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Indians

Rookie Tribe Manager Frank Robinson Grants a Tryout to T.J. O’Hays

Oh, so you’ve never heard of T.J. O’Hays? Well, until 1975, neither had new Cleveland Indians manager Frank Robinson. Over the previous six winters, the major league veteran Robinson had managed Cangrejeros de Santurce (the Santurce Crabbers) of the Puerto Rican winter league. The league consisted of six teams, and the Santurce club was its

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Cavaliers

The Expansion Cleveland Cavaliers of 1970: Bill Fitch Establishes a Culture

Shaping the culture of any group can be an elusive endeavor. Just as with corporate entities, athletic teams are partly defined by written and unwritten rules of how their members work with each other and outsiders. Do you recall… NBA commissioner David Stern’s announcement, from New York’s Madison Square Garden:  “With the first pick in

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Cavaliers

World B. Free, George Karl, Harry Weltman, and the 1984 Cleveland Cavaliers: Reliving Yesteryear

Question: What do the following Cleveland professional team owners have in common: The Indians’ Hank Greenberg and Vernon Stouffer, the Browns’ Art Modell, and the Cavaliers’ Ted Stepien? Answer: As Cleveland fans know, they each at least had a plan in place to move one of our beloved franchises out of town. The fact that

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Cavaliers

The Life and Times of the Cavs’ Luke Witte and Jim Brewer

By Season 4, the nascent Cleveland Cavaliers were beginning to enjoy the fruits of the player development they’d begun in 1970. Third year star shooting guard Austin Carr would lead the team in scoring at 22 points per game. Strong forward Bingo Smith and power forward Dwight Davis would average in the teens, while Davis

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Cavaliers

Nate the Great Returns Home; a Cavalier ‘Miracle’ Ensues – Reliving Yesteryear

(Thinking to myself, on the couch near the fireplace, sealed away from a sub-zero wind chill): Z’s jersey banner sure looks great up there at the Q. So: now there’s Z, Brad, Mark, and Nance; Bingo, AC – and Joe Tait. There’s one more- it’s on the tip of my tongue… I must close my

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Cavaliers

We Love Z: Reliving Yesteryear

The sports radio host was laughing. That much seemed obvious enough, although for the moment the broadcast hung in dead silence. Eventually, he could be heard banging his hand on the table before he noisily inhaled and the guffaws began in earnest. That’s why they call them the Cleveland Cadavers! After all, by the mid

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Browns

Do it, Pruitt: Reliving Yesteryear

I don’t wear the jerseys of my favorite sports figures. Hey, to each his own—if that’s something you are into, have at it. Maybe it’s just that since I am old enough to be the father of all college and most pro athletes, it would feel strange. If I were to own player jerseys, however,

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Browns

Browns QB George Ratterman’s unbelievable journey: Reliving Yesteryear

It was comical, the way some of the public testimony contrasted with the erudite proceedings. Interrogator: “The Cincinnati newspapers run advertisements as to the gambling places open for business (just across the river) in Newport (Kentucky).” Subject: “I never read them.” Okay. Interrogator: “(So: you are) the only man in that entire vicinity who didn’t

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