The Cleveland Indians are a baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio and competing as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. Since 1994, they have played in Progressive Field (formerly known as Jacobs Field). Since their establishment as a Major League franchise in 1901, the Indians have won two World Series championships, in 1920 and 1948. The Indians have also won seven AL Central titles, the most in the division.
The name "Indians" originated from a request by club owner Charles Somers to baseball writers to choose a new name to replace "Cleveland Naps" following the departure of Nap Lajoie after the 1914 season. The name referenced the nickname "Indians" that was applied to the Cleveland Spiders baseball club during the time when Louis Sockalexis, a Native American, played in Cleveland. Common nicknames for the Indians include the "Tribe" and the "Wahoos", the latter being a reference to their logo, Chief Wahoo, a controversial Native American caricature. The team's mascot is named "Slider."
Of their two World Series’ victories, the first in 1920 came about in controversial circumstances. Their American League rivals for the Pennant, the White Sox were in the middle of a scandal with eight players being suspended for alleged match fixing. Consequently the Indians went through to meet the Brooklyn Dodgers (then known as the Brooklyn Robins) in what was a best of nine series, emerging as 5-2 winners even though the Robins had been 2-1 ahead after game three.
Twenty-eight years later in 1948 the Indians twice spoiled Boston’s party. Firstly by winning a one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox for the American League pennant thus eliminating the fascinating prospect of an all-Boston World Series. Then in the event itself, the Indians defeated the Boston Braves in six games in what was the first World Series to be televised nationwide. Thus they attained their second trophy, a feat which the Indians have been unable to repeat ever since.
Looking at some of the fans’ favorites over the years, we can include catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. After winning the AL Rookie of the Year and Gold Glove in '90, he went on to be selected to six All Star games and even won the MVP in '97 when the game was held in Cleveland.
A career .295 hitter with 789 RBI, Lou Boudreau led the offense while he managed the team. The last manager to win a World Series for the Indians, he did it while stationed in the hole at short.
Bob Feller, without a doubt, is No. 1 in the Indians' pantheon of legends. One of the hardest throwers ever to step on a mound, he won 20 games six times and struck out 2,581 batters in his career; he was a monster when he took the mound.
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