Cleveland Indians

The Major League Baseball team called the Cleveland Indians' history pre-dates the founding of the American League. Starting out as the Cleveland Spiders, they became the Naps and finally, in 1915, the Indians. Progressive Field, known as Jacobs Field from 1994 to 2007, is their home stadium. This category is for questions relating to the team, the players, the coaches, the managers, the Front Office personnel, team records, team history, team merchandise, and anything about the Cleveland Indians.

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Where did the Cleveland Indians get their name?

Contrary to popular belief, the team was not named for 19th century Cleveland player Louis Sockalexis when it assumed its current name in 1915. Rather, when the Naps needed a new name after Napoleon Lajoie was sent to the Philadelphia Athletics after the end of the 1914 season, Charles Somers, the team owner, asked the local newspapers to come up with a new name for the team. They chose "Indians" as a play on the name of the 1914 Boston Braves, who were known as the "Miracle Boston Braves" after going from last place on July 4 to a sweep in the World Series. The proponents of the name acknowledged that the Cleveland Spiders of the National League had sometimes been informally called the "Indians" during Sockalexis' short career there, a fact which merely reinforced the new name. In any case, the name change was assumed to be temporary, but it stuck. And 34 years later, the Indians went on to defeat those same Braves, 4 games to 2, in the 1948 World Series -- after winning a one game playoff against Boston's other team, the Red Sox. The victory over the Braves was the franchise's second of two world titles; the Tribe had also won the 1920 World Series, defeating the Brooklyn Robins 5 games to 2. Legend has it that the team honored Louis Sockalexis when it assumed its current name in 1915. The spectacular Sockalexis, a Native American, had played in Cleveland 1897-1899. On the contrary, when the "Naps" sent longtime leader Napoleon Lajoie to the Philadelphia Athletics at the end of the 1914 season, owner Charles Somers asked the local newspapers to come up with a new name for the team. They chose "Indians" as a play on the name of the Boston Braves, then known as the "Miracle Braves" after going from last place on July 4 to a sweep in the 1914 World Series. Proponents of the name acknowledged that the Cleveland Spiders of the National League had sometimes been informally called the "Indians" during Sockalexis' short career there, a fact which merely reinforced the new name. In any case, the name stuck. And 34 years later, the Indians went on to defeat that same Braves franchise, 4 games to 2, in the 1948 World Series -- after first winning a one game playoff against Boston's other team, the Red Sox. The victory over the Braves was the franchise's second of two World Series titles; the Tribe had also won the 1920 World Series, defeating the Brooklyn Robins 5 games to 2. (Pluto, 1999) The name and logo of the Cleveland Indians, in its depiction of a smiling red-faced cartoon character, is considered by many to be racist and highly offensive. Such individuals consider the term "Indians" to be a derogatory characterization of an entire race and the logo to be a highly offensive depiction of the stereotypical "drunk" aboriginal. Similar objections are made with regard to other sports teams that allegedly depict aboriginal people in a racist manner, such as the Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Redskins and Atlanta Braves.

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Is CC Sabathia dead?

No, he is not. CC is currently pitching for the New York Yankees.

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What is the value of a 1958 Cleveland Indians autographed baseball?

A 1958 Cleveland Indians Team Signed Baseball with the key signatures: Vernon, Colavito, Maris, Wilhelm, Lemon, and Doby is worth about $200. -$300. Value is based on average prices of recently closed auctions. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the baseball. Prices may also vary based on the amount of signatures, and key signatures acquired. The more complete the baseball with key signatures the more valuable. If the signatures are not properly authenticated the baseball could sell at half the market value or less

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How do you find a set of Cleveland Indians postcards?

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Who was on the Cleveland Indians 1998 roster?

The players that were on the 1998 Cleveland Indians roster were Bartolo Colon, Dave Burba, Paul Assenmacher, Dwight "Doc" Gooden, Jason Jahome, Mike Jackson, Steve Karsay, Doug Jones, Tom Martin, Alvin Morman, Jose Mesa, Chad Ogea, Charles "Charlie" Nagy, Eric Plunk, Jim Poole, Jason Rakers, Steve Reed, Paul Shoey, Ron Villone, Jaret Wright and Tim Worrell. The Catchers were the Starting Catcher; Sandy Alomar, Jr. and his two backup Catchers; Pat Borders and Einar Diaz. The Infienders were Jeff Branson, Russ Branyan, David Bell, Jolbert Cabrera, Joey Cora, Shawon Dunston, Travis Fryman, Jeff Manto, Torey Lovullo, Richie Sexon, Enrique Wilson, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel.

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What are Victor Martinez's Minor League lefty vs righty splits for Single A Double A and Triple A?

unknown...

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What does CC in CC Sabathia stand for?

"Carsten Charles" Sabathia.

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Who gave up the last Grand Slam in a World Series?

2005 World Series - Bottom of 7th inning of Game 2 against the Houston Astros. Paul Konerko blasted a grand slam against Astros reliever Chad Quals, to put the Chicago White Sox ahead 6 to 4, at US. Cellular Field (aka. Comiskey Park), Chicago. The Sox went on to win that game with a walk off homer by Scott Podsednik off of Brad Lidge.

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What is a Brian dopirak autographed baseball worth?

You should wait. Brian Dopirak is goin to be good. It will be woth alot.

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When did Grady Sizemore steal home?

Grady Sizemore stole home on August, 26, 2005 in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays that was being held in the Rogers Centre while he was a member of the Cleveland Indians. Grady Sizemore stole home in the top of the first inning while Travis Hafner had a 2-strike count and while the Toronto Blue Jays had Dustin McGowan as their Starting Pitcher on the pitching mound. Sizemore's stolen base was the first time that an Indians player had stolen home since Omar Vizquel last did it on May 27, 2003 in Detroit.

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Where is the Cleveland Indians corporate office?

Oceanport

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What is a 1950 Cleveland Indians baseball program worth?

A 1950 Cleveland Indians program/Scorecard is worth about $25.-$35. in excellent - near/mint condition. As with all collectibles, condition is the most important factor of all providing that the item is authentic. With programs/scorecards the slightest flaws will bring the price down significantly. An exceptional mint condition scorecard could sell for more.

Common flaws would be staining, foxing (yellowing), fading, creases, rips, loose pages, cracked binding, and writing on the cover. Un-scored programs will generally sell at a higher price than a scored program but sometimes it doesn't effect value. The over all condition, and how well the cover displays will.

The value on a "scored" program as opposed to a un-scored program can vary depending on the game, and collectors preference. In general I would say an un-scored program will sell at a higher price. Some collectors do not mind scored programs

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Does CC Sabathia bat left-handed?

Yes he does.

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How many times have the Cleveland Indians won the World Series?

The Cleveland Indians have won two world Series in their career as a Major League Baseball franchise, the first World Series victory was in 1920 and they won five games out of the seven games that were played against the Brooklyn Robins and the second World Series victory was in 1948 in which they defeated the Boston Braves by winning four games out of the seven games that were played.

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How did the Cleveland Indians get started?

Click on the 'History of the Cleveland Indians' link on this page to read about their history.

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What was Cleveland's baseball team first called?

THEY WERE ALWAYS CALLED THE INDIANS Cleveland's current baseball franchise was originally called the Blues. Cleveland's fist Major League franchise was the National Association's Cleveland Forest Citys The current Cleveland franchise that was a charter member of the American League: Blues - 1901-1904

Naps - 1905-1914

Indians - 1915-present The first MLB franchise in Cleveland was the Forest Citys who were a charter member of the National Association. The Forest Citys were involved in the first MLB game in America on May 4, 1871 against the Fort Wayne Kekiongas. Cleveland lost 2-0.

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Who was the player traded to Milwaukee in 1970 after playing 8 seasons with the Indians?

Third baseman Max Alvis who played with Cleveland between 1962-1969 and Milwaukee in 1970. Alvis retired after the 1970 season.

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Does Grady Sizemore have a girlfriend?

As far as anyone knows Grady is single. He is not one to discuss his personal life therefore, we will probably never know until he actually discloses information himself.

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What is the value of a baseball autographed by Bob Feller?

A Bob Feller single signed baseball is worth between $50.-$70.

Value is based on average prices of recently closed auctions. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the baseball. Signatures that have not been properly authenticated could sell at half the market value or less. Add for inscriptions.

Collectors will pay more for inscriptions like "HOF 62", and pay less for personal inscriptions like "Good Luck Chuck"

In a recent auction a Bob Feller single signed baseball sold for $68.

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What is Grady Sizemore ethnicity?

He's actually multiracial. White and some sort of latin. He's mixed,he's black and white.

Grady's mother Donna is white, while his father Grady Sizemore the 2 is of African-American descent.

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Are Ted and Grady Sizemore related?

According to baseball-reference.com, they are not related.

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What is Grady Sizemore's middle name?

Grady Sizemore's proper name is Grady Sizemore. He has no middle name.

His name is Grady Sizemore III. His father's name is Grady Sizemore II.

his middle name is john

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How far is it from home plate to the left field fence at Progressive Field?

325 feet

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How many times did Cleveland go to the World Series?

As of the start of the 2007 playoffs, Cleveland has played in 5 World Series:

1920, 1948, 1954, 1995, and 1997

They won the World Series in 1920 and 1948.

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What is the value of a 57th edition of WHO'S WHO IN BASEBALL worth with 48 different baseball signatures?

The 57th edition of Who's Who in Baseball was issued in 1972, and is worth about $5.00. The cover features Joe Torre, and Vida Blue. On the back of the book is a picture of the 1971 champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

Condition is important. Common flaws would be staining, foxing (yellowing), fading, stains, creases, rips, loose pages, cracked binding, and writing on the cover. Any and all flaws could bring down the value significantly.

Once a collectible item is signed the bulk of the value will rely on the value of the signatures. If the cover is signed the signatures would be valued as an 8 x 10 photo. If the signatures appear on separate pages inside the book, each signature would have to be graded and priced on it's own merit, and be priced as a cut signature.

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