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All-Time Indians: Fred Blanding

Name: Frederick James Blanding Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1910-1914 Nick Name: Fritz     DOB: 02/08/1888 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1912) 18 14 .563 2.92 39 31 23 1 262 259 85 4 79 75 1.29 .248 Career 46 […]

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All-Time Indians: Walter Johnson

Name: Walter Perry Johnson Position: Manager Tribe Time: 1933-1935 Nick Name: Big Train Accolades: Hall of Fame (1936) DOB: 11/06/1887 As Manager W L W% Finish   Best Season (1934) 85 69 0.552 3 Career 179 168 0.516 3.3 Walter Johnson is largely considered the greatest pitcher in baseball history, using an incredible fastball to […]

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The Five Most Trecherous Villains in Indians History

Earlier this Winter, BurningRiverBaseball.com highlighted the ten worst tragedies in Indians history and while some of these were accidental (like Don Black) and some were self inflicted (like Tim Crews), there have been plenty of terrible things in Tribe history that have come by the direct fault of someone involved in the game of baseball. […]

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All-Time Indians: Heinie Berger

Name: Charles Carl Berger Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1907-1910 DOB: 01/07/1882 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1908) 13 8 .619 2.12 29 24 16 0 199.1 152 47 1 66 101 1.09 .203 Career 32 29 .525 2.60 90 68 […]

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All-Time Indians: Roy Weatherly

Name: Cyril Roy Weatherly Position: Center Field Nick Name: Stormy Number: 22 Tribe Time: 1936-1942 DOB: 2/25/19915 Accolades: Top 11 MVP 1940 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1940) 135 578 90 175 35 11 15 59 27 26 9 5 […]

8 Jul 1997:  Sandy Alomar walks with a tropy after the MLB All-Star Game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger  /Allsport

The Hall of Fame Case for Sandy Alomar Jr.

With the latest crop of Major League Hall of Famers set to be announced later in the day, this will be the last in a series of four making the cases for some Indians greats to be included. All of these players have already missed out on the voting process, but could be considered in […]

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All Time Indians: Paul Sorrento

Name: Paul Anthony Sorrento Position: First Base     Number: 11 Tribe Time: 1992-1995 DOB: 11/17/1965 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1995) 104 323 50 76 14 0 25 79 51 71 1 1 .336 .511 .235 .847 Career 487 1566 […]

The Case for Mel Harder’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

The latest installment in this series takes us away from the glory days of the 1990’s to the Tribe’s ace during the mid-1930’s and architect of the Tribe’s pitching success during the 40’s and 50’s. Mel Harder pitched with the Indians from 1928-1947, breaking into the big leagues when he was just 18 years old. […]

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All-Time Indians: Steve Hargan

Name: Steven Lowell Hargan Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1965-1972 Number: 34 Accolades: 1967 All-Star DOB: 09/08/1942 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1967) 14 13 .519 2.62 30 29 15 6 223.0 180 65 9 72 141 1.13 .212 Career 56 […]

5 Oct 1996:  Centerfielder Kenny Lofton of the Cleveland Indians focuses on the baseball as he makes a running catch off a Todd Zeile hit in the first inning of game four of the Indians match up against the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Divisio

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 […]

The Case for Albert Belle’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on January 6th and will inevitably be the topic of heated debate for weeks after. This will be the first in a series of posts making the argument for a number of former Indians’ hall of fame candidacy. Albert Belle is no longer eligible to be […]

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All-Time Indians: Pete Hotaling

Name: Peter James Hotaling Position: Outfield Nick Name: Monkey     Tribe Time: 1880, 1883-84, 1887-88 DOB: 12/16/1856 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1887) 126 505 108 151 28 13 3 94 53 46 43 .373 .424 .299 .797 Career 504 2058 […]

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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 […]

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All-Time Indians: Oral Hildebrand

Name: Oral Clyde Hildebrand Position: Pitcher Tribe Time: 1931-1936 Number: 19 Accolades: 1933 All-Star DOB: 04/07/1907 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1933) 16 11 .593 3.76 36 31 15 6 220.1 205 92 8 88 90 1.33 .237 Career 56 46 […]

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All-Time Indians: Elmer Smith

Name: Elmer John Smith Position: Hitter Tribe Time: 1914-1916,1917-1921 DOB: 09/21/1892 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1920) 129 456 82 144 37 10 12 103 53 35 5 .391 .520 .316 .911 Career 672 2185 328 615 135 41 46 379 219 […]

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