In the ninth inning, a fan attempted to steal Texas outfielder Jeff Burroughs’ cap. Confronting the fan, Burroughs tripped, and Texas manager Billy Martin (thinking that Burroughs had been attacked) charged onto the field, his players right behind, some wielding bats. A large number of intoxicated fans – some armed with knives, chains, and portions of stadium seats that they had torn apart – surged onto the field, and others hurled bottles from the stands. Ken Aspromonte, the Indians’ manager, ordered his players to grab bats and help the Rangers.
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The bases were pulled up and stolen and many rioters threw a vast array of objects including cups, rocks, bottles, batteries from radios, hot dogs, popcorn containers, and folding chairs. As a result, umpire crew chief Nestor Chylak, realizing that order would not be restored in a timely fashion, forfeited the game to Texas. He later called the fans “uncontrollable beasts” and stated that he’d never seen anything like what had happened, “except in a zoo”.
A riot squad from the Cleveland Police Department finally arrived to restore order. The 25,134 fans in attendance (the past season’s average attendance had been 8,000) chugged down an estimated 60,000 cups of beer.
The Indians played at League Park (also known as “Dunn Field”) from 1900 until 1947, although they played at Lakefront Stadium (then Cleveland Municipal Stadium) on weekends from 1934 until 1946. In 1932, they premiered the Cleveland Municipal Stadium, huge stadium which reached capacity of up to 78,000 fans for baseball and was home for six decades, although full time since 1947. Since 1993, they are in the Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field).
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This team has spent its entire history in Cleveland, Ohio, and this began in 1901. In his first two years were the Bluebirds, but in 1903 they changed their name to Cleveland Naps by their second baseman Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, who then came to the Hall of Fame and is one of the best hitters in the history. He played with the Indians from 1902 to 1914. Since 1915 they are the Cleveland Indians.
Divisions and Playoffs
All the years of Cleveland were in the American League. To create divisions, they were in the East Division in 1969 and became Central in 1994. They have two titles of world series (1920, 1948), 5 Championships of the American League (1920, 1948, 1954, 1995, 1997), 7 pennants of the Eastern Division (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007) and a wildcard (2013).
In the first seasons, the Indians were a competitive team, but not reached them to be champions of the American League. NAP Lajoie was manager-jugador from 1905 to 1909. As a player, in his 13 years with Cleveland, averaged. 339, with 39 HR and batted 919. Shoeless Joe Jackson was with the Indians from 1910 until 1915 part, between these campaigns, his batting average was of. 375. Elmer Flick spent 9 seasons with Cleveland, the legendary Cy Young had a short stay in this franchise.
Another figure of the era was the pitcher Addie Joss, in 9 years recorded 1.89 ERA, had 160-97, with 234 full games brand. TRIS Speaker arrived in Cleveland in 1916 and there was 11 seasons, he holds the record of all-time with 792 Doublets (486 with Cleveland) and averaged.345 (.354 with the Indians).
Speaker became the manager of the team in 1919. In 1920, the Indians made their way to a historic season. In addition to Speaker, had: Elmer Smith (.316 BA, 103 RBI), Larry Gardner (. 310, 118) and Steve O’Neill (. 321). The player manager Speaker batted for. 388. They had a very good rotation highlighting Jim Bagby (31-12, 2.89) and Stan Coveleski (24-14, 2.49). Cleveland finished with a record of 98-56 to lead the American League and play his first world series.
The fall classic, they competed against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The series began in Brooklyn, Cleveland won the first 3-1 triumph Coveleski. The Dodgers won 3-0 and 2-1 the following two sets to take advantage. Leaving them actions at Dunn Field, home of the Indians, things changed. Coveleski won again 5-1 and tied the series. Jim Bagby allowed a single run in the next and won Cleveland 8-1. The last two matches ended 1-0 and 3-0 in favor of the Indians with bleached of Duster Mails and Stan Coveleski, who credited three victories. So the Indians got their first world series title five games over two in Brooklyn. In the fifth race, Elmer Smith hit the first Grand Slam in World Series, Jim Bagby the quadrangular first connected by a pitcher and second baseman for the Dodgers, Bill Wambsganss, the first triple play.
After this, it took many years for the same lived in Cleveland. The Speaker was finished in 1926. The next couple of decades, this team used to be between third and fourth place, always below the Yankees. The next great figure of “The tribe” was Bob Feller, pitcher for the Indians for 18 seasons. Feller started in 1936 and retired in 1956, broke off a part of his career for military service. His early years were the best time, but in 1948 was part of a new winning tribe.
In 1948, the Indians were led by Lou Boudreau as player manager. Boudreau played as SS and was the MVP this season averaging. 355, with 18 homers and batted 106. Besides Feller, Bob Lemon (20-14, 2.82), Gene Bearden (20-7, 2.43), Steve Gromek were in the rotation. Cleveland finished with 97-58 mark to win the American League and facing the Boston Braves in the world series. The Braves went ahead winning the first game 1-0, but the Indians-replenishment. The series is tied to be Cleveland 4-1 second. The pitching continued to operate, those of Boudreau won 2-0 and 2-1 the following two. Bob Feller was punished in the fifth, so it continued the series. Cleveland won the 4-3 triumph in game 6 to be champion.
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In 1954, Cleveland finished with 111-43 mark. Part of this equipment was the Mexican Beto Avila, who was champion of batting average of.341. Larry Doby was kept on the team and to the Rosen had a great season (.300 / 24 HR / 102 RBI). They reached the world series, they faced the New York Giants. The Giants won by swept with slate of 5-2, 3-1, 6-2 and 7-4.
The following decades in Cleveland were failure after failure, bad negotiations and lousy results.
Until 1995, the Indians did not win anything. They were led by Mike Hargrove, had players such as Omar Vizquel, Jim Thome, Albert Belle, Manny Ramírez, Carlos Baerga, Eddie Murray, Dennis Martínez and Orel Hershiser. They finished with 100-44 mark. They swept Boston in the Divisional and earned him the Championship series to Seattle in six games. The MVP was Orel Hershiser (2W, 14 IP, 2 ER). So they came to their first world series in 41 years. Atlanta won at home the first two by the minimum, 3-2 and 4-3. Cleveland [banner_abajo]