Cleveland Indians by KearnsT

Champion(s):

hoyalawya76


Runner(s)-Up:

chrisskydo
"It was harder to imagine than it was to do" - Todd Snider


Quiz Description

A baseball team? In Cleveland? You didn't know they still had a team? Well, they've got uniforms and everything. It's really great. Like the Diamondbacks quiz, this has questions for all levels, but spans a bit longer period of time (only 96 more years, though).

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Questions:

The Indians were not, contrary to legend, named after Native American Lou Sockalexis. They were, however, briefly named for a legendary player/manager in their infield. Had the Indians' first baseman had a productive World Series in 2016 World Series, perhaps there would have been motivation to return to this name. Give EITHER the name by which the Cleveland franchise was known from approximately 1903 to 1914 or the FIRST and LAST name of the legendary SECOND BASEMAN who played for the team from 1902-14. (edited at 9:43 am, October 7, 2017 (HST))

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Naps OR Nap Lajoie

Though the Indians have not thrown a no-hitter for more than 35 years, they have had two hurlers throw perfect games. Name either the Hall of Famer who threw the second perfect game in modern history in 1908 or the pitcher who led the American League in strikeouts in both 1980 and 1981 who hurled a perfect game and the last Tribe no-hitter on May 5, 1981.

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Addie Joss OR Len Barker

The 1920 Cleveland Indians are best known for two things -- winning the World Series and the demise of Ray Chapman, who was killed by a pitched ball from Carl Mays. Chapman was replaced by what future Hall of Fame shortstop whose brother Luke and cousin Rip also played in the Major Leagues?

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Joe Sewell

What Indians legend was nicknamed the Heater from Van Meter?

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Bob Feller

The Indians' second World Series title came during the ownership of this colorful WWII veteran. While he may be better known for pinch hitting a dwarf for the St. Louis Browns and his Disco Demolition Night while owning the Chicago White Sox, with the Indians, he integrated the American league by signing Larry Doby. Some of these are detailed in his autobiography [Last Name] as in Wreck. Name him.

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Bill Veeck

Although the Indians were consistently competitive in the 1950s, the trade of this bedrock outfielder for Harvey Kuenn in 1960 is said to curse the Tribe to this day. Name this six-time all-star outfielder, who ranks 10th on the Indians' all-time HR list and 23rd for the Tigers.

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Rocky Colavito

The Cleveland Indians became the third team to retire this person's number in 2017. Given that he batted .226 in only 235 at bats for the Tribe, he is most remembered as an Indian for homering in his first game as Indians manager. Name this player and manager who was also added to the Washington Nationals ring of honor in 2016.

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Frank Robinson

First his wife, then his job. The Indians trade of this pitcher is said to arise from this pitcher's wife having an affair with teammate and then-promising Tribe CF Rick Manning. Given their respective careers after the trade, it's fair to say that they made the wrong choice. Name this Indians starting pitcher, who would win the 1992 AL Cy Young Award for a different team in a different role, ultimately being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after notching 197 wins and 390 saves from 1975-98.

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Dennis Eckersley

In back to back years (1983 and 1984), the NL Cy Young winner was a pitcher the Indians had traded to the NL just months before. The total return of Wil Culmer, Jerry Reed, and Roy Smith surely was dwarfed by the 1983 performance of the first. The latter extracted a franchise cornerstone whose trade would spark a renaissance in the early 1990s. Name EITHER of these ex-Indians hurlers, who won for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs, respectively.

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John Denny OR Rick Sutcliffe

"Believe it!" are infamous words to Tribe fans. On their season preview, April 6, 1987, Sports Illustrated announced "Believe it! Cleveland is the best team in the American League." It's fair to say that they have made better predictions. Within 3, how many games did the Indians LOSE while they were apparently busy being the best team in the American League? (There were 162 games played that season.)

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101

The first big trade made by GM John Hart to reverse the Indians' fortunes was the trade of this outfielder to the San Diego Padres for Sandy Alomar Jr., Carlos Baerga, and Chris James. He had previously been acquired from the Cubs for one of the the pitchers and featured prominently in the magazine cover in question #10, but, as Mitch Williams could tell you, he is best known for being one of only two players to end a World Series with a walk-off home run. Name him.

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Joe Carter

The 21st century Indians have largely been built on the back of trades. The most significant of these trades is likely the trade with the then-dwindling Montreal Expos. In exchange for 3 months of a certain player whose career is still going, the Expos would deal a 3-time all-star centerfielder whose career was largely ended by injury, a 4-time all-star and future AL Cy Young winner whose career was ended by injury, a 3-time all-star and 4 time gold glove winner at second base whose career is still going, and Lee Stevens, who was once traded with players who went to numerous all-star games. Name ANY ONE of these non-Lee Stevens players acquired from les Expos in 2002.

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Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips

Even for a team known for sadness, 1993 delved into profound tragedy, with three Indians players dying in the course of the year. Name BOTH the two Indians players (one of whom would never pitch for the Indians in the regular season) killed in a boating accident in Little Lake Nellie during spring training OR the Indians starting pitcher who was killed in a car accident following the 1993 season.

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Steve Olin and Tim Crews OR Cliff Young

Both the current active win leaders in MLB are rotund pitchers whose careers began with the Cleveland Indians in 1997 and 2001, respectively and whose trades would bring back franchise cornerstones. Name BOTH these starting pitchers (in either order) who have, respectively, 240 and 237 wins.

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Bartolo Colon AND CC Sabathia

A portly native of Wisconsin, this sinkerballer holds the Indians' franchise record for saves. Alas, as the Onion pointed out in the article Antonio Alfonseca Once Again Leads Major-League Relievers in Fingers, "There was once again a tie for second place behind Alfonseca, with 214 pitchers amassing 10 fingers each, followed by [INDIANS PITCHER], who finished last with 9.7."

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Bob Wickman

The next swindle came courtesy of the Texas Rangers, who traded this slugger for Ryan Drese. Although he placed 24th, 5th, and 8th in MVP voting from 2004-2006, he never played in a single All-Star Game. He is the all-time leader in home runs, RBI, and walks by a player born in North Dakota. Name this player, who led the American League in OPS+ in 2004, and OPS, OPS+, and slugging percentage in 2006, but never escaped the shadow of fellow DH David Ortiz.

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Travis Hafner

Though your smith is a Washington Nationals season ticket holder out of convenience, he is religiously devoted to the Tribe. The finest afternoon he's spent at Progressive Field came courtesy of a stunning pitching performance from a not particularly promising pitcher only in the rotation because of the failed signing of Brett Myers. That pitcher outdueled Stephen Strasburg in a 2-0 victory in June 2013, working out of multiple man on 3rd, no out situations.

It was a lot more than could be reasonably expected from a middling prospect acquired for Jake Westbrook in a three way trade with the Cardinals and Padres, who at that time had a career ERA of 4.76. Name this hopefully-soon-to-be two time Cy Young Award winner, who led the AL in wins, ERA, CG, SHO, ERA+, WHIP, H/9 IP, BB/9 IP, and K/BB ratio in 2017. (edited at 10:15 am, October 6, 2017 (HST))

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Corey Kluber

At the beginning of every home game radio broadcast, Tom Hamilton welcomes listeners to the corner of these two cross streets at which Progressive Field sits. The former street can be found through practice, practice, practice, one presumes, as it has the name of a steel magnate and educational philanthropist more commonly associated with Pittsburgh. The latter shares its name with a nearby (but not bordering) lake and a foreign jurisdiction where one individual is seeking to enjoin the broadcast of Cleveland's Chief Wahoo logo and team name. Name BOTH of these two streets.

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Carnegie and Ontario

While I must emphasize that I am NOT trying to say he can't hit a curveball, NAME THIS FAMOUS FIGURE who, according to Indians outfielder Pedro Cerrano in the 1989 movie Major League, is "no help with curveball"?

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Jesus Christ