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Cleveland Indians
2019 Cleveland Indians season
Established 1894
Indians Logo - 2014 Season.svg
Team logo
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
Retired numbers
  • 3
  • 5
  • 14
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 42
  • 455
Colors
  • Red, navy blue, white

                 

Name
  • Cleveland Indians (1915–present)
    • Cleveland Naps (1903–1914)
  • Cleveland Broncos (1902)
  • Cleveland Bluebirds (1901)
  • Cleveland Lake Shores (1900)
  • Grand Rapids Rustlers (1894–1899)
Other nicknames
  • The Tribe, The Wahoos
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (2)
  • 1920
  • 1948
AL Pennants (6)
  • 1920
  • 1948
  • 1954
  • 1995
  • 1997
  • 2016
Central Division titles (8)
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2001
  • 2007
  • 2016
Wild card berths (1) 2013
Front office
Owner(s) Larry Dolan
Paul Dolan (controlling owner/Chairman/CEO)
Matt Dolan (part owner)
Manager Terry Francona
General Manager Mike Chernoff
President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti

The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. Since 1994, they have played at Progressive Field and are the defending American League champions. The team's spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.

Since their establishment as a major league franchise in 1901, the Indians have won two World Series championships: in 1920 and 1948, along with eight Central Division titles and six American League pennants.

The Indians' current World Series championship drought is the longest active drought, and through 2016 is the fifth-longest in baseball history.

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. Also, the team's mascot is named "Slider."

Uniforms

The Indians' home uniform is white with midnight blue piping around each sleeve. Across the front of the jersey in script font is the word "Indians" in red with a midnight blue outline. The jersey has the Chief Wahoo logo on the left sleeve. The home cap is midnight blue with a red bill and features the Chief Wahoo logo on the front. Beginning with the 2016 season, the Indians returned to their 1994–2002 practice of wearing red shirts, belts, and socks with their home uniforms, having worn navy with the home uniform from 2003–2015.

The road uniform is gray, with "Cleveland" in navy blue block letters trimmed in red is across the front of the jersey, midnight blue piping around the sleeves, and the Chief Wahoo logo located on the left sleeve. The road cap is midnight blue with a red block "C" on the front. The Indians wear midnight blue shirts, belts, and socks with their away uniforms.

The alternate third jersey is midnight blue with white piping around each sleeve. Script "Indians" is located across the front of the jersey in the same fashion as the home uniform (red lettering with a white outline); the Chief Wahoo logo is on the left sleeve. When the blue jerseys are worn on the road, the team complements them with an alternate road cap that is also midnight blue with the Chief Wahoo logo on the front. New for the 2017 season, when the blue jerseys are worn at home, either the regular home cap with the Chief Wahoo logo or a red cap with a midnight blue block "C" may be used.

For all games, the team uses a midnight blue batting helmet with a red block "C" on the front.

Fan support and traditions

The Drummer

John Adams drummer
John Adams – who (along with his drum) has been an iconic fixture at Indians home games for over 40 years.

John Adams, known by baseball fans as "The Drummer", has played a bass drum at nearly every home game since 1973. He is the only fan for whom the team has dedicated a bobble head day. Adams originally paid for his tickets (one for himself, and one for his drum), but recently the Indians have paid for his seats in honor of the contributions he has made to the ballpark atmosphere. He has been featured and interviewed on national TV shows and newspaper articles.

Sellout streak

Between June 12, 1995 and April 4, 2001, the Indians sold out 455 consecutive home games, drawing a total of 19,324,248 fans to Jacobs Field. The demand for tickets was so great that all 81 home games were sold out before Opening Day on at least three separate occasions. The sellout streak set a Major League Baseball record.

Signature songs

The Indians play "Hang On Sloopy" by The McCoys during the middle of the 8th inning, bringing with it the Ohio State Buckeyes' tradition of the fans chanting "O-H-I-O" during the chorus. They also play "Cleveland Rocks" at the end of the game for Indians wins.

Nickname and logo controversy

The club nickname and its cartoon logo have been criticized for perpetuating Native American stereotypes. In 1997 and 1998, protesters were arrested after effigies were burned. Charges were dismissed in the 1997 case, and were not filed in the 1998 case. Protesters arrested in the 1998 incident subsequently fought and lost a lawsuit alleging that their First Amendment rights had been violated.

Bud Selig (then-Commissioner of Baseball) said in 2014 that he had never received a complaint about the logo. He has heard that there are some protesting mascots, but individual teams such as the Indians and Braves should make their own decisions. Native Americans protested Chief Wahoo on Opening Day 2015, as they have for many years, making note that this is the 100th anniversary of the team becoming the Indians. Owner Paul Dolan, while stating he is respectful of critics, says he mainly hears from fans who want to keep Chief Wahoo, and has no plans to change.

Cleveland Indians in popular culture

The Indians over the years have been featured in numerous movies and television shows. Examples include:

  • The Kid From Cleveland – a 1949 film featuring then owner Bill Veeck and numerous players from the team (coming off winning the 1948 World Series).
  • Major League – a 1989 film centered around a fictionalized version of the team
  • Major League II – a 1994 sequel to the original from five years earlier
  • In an episode from the 1968 animated series Go Go Gophers titled "The Cleveland Indians", Indian characters Ruffled Feathers and Running Board not only accused the team of not being real Indians and not wearing any feathers, but also called them fakes.
  • In the children's book "Danny Dunn, Time Traveler", when they are sitting around with Benjamin Franklin and explaining their presence in 1763, Danny's role model, a professor, is unable to name any Indian tribe as the one they claimed had captured them. The professor named the only Indian "tribe" he could think of: the Cleveland Indians.

Statues

Indians players who have had statues made in their honor in front of Progressive Field include:

  • Bob Feller (Indians all-time leader in wins and strikeouts by a pitcher, 1948 World Series Champion, eight-time All-Star) – since 1994
  • Jim Thome (Indians all-time leader in home runs and walks by a hitter, three-time All-Star with the Indians) – since 2014
  • Larry Doby (First black player in the American League, 1948 World Series Champion, seven-time All-Star) – since 2015
  • Frank Robinson (Became first black manager in MLB history when he served as player/manager for the Indians from 1975-1977) – since 2017
  • Lou Boudreau (1948 AL MVP, 1948 World Series Champion as player/manager, eight-time All-Star) – since 2017

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