Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#547 Cleveland Indians Team Card

Overall the franchise has a winning record…. but has had its ups and downs….In 1972 team was struggling since the formulation of the especially strong AL East….took another 20+ years to achieve winning consistency…. Best times started in 1995 to 2001 with winning records but two losing trips to the World Series….coinciding with the move to Jacob’s Field….this was also at that time when the franchise started to have a run as the best attendance in the AL….for many years the team split game between two stadiums, Cleveland Stadium and League Park… Old school records for an AL original dating back to 1901…new batting records set were Joe Carter’s 663 ABs in 1986…Al Rosen’s home run record has been passed twice by three players (Albert Belle, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez)….A new team RBI mark was set by Manny in 1996…Pitching records…Tiant’s ERA record of 1.60 (1968) still stands but the Topps criteria of record appears to start 1911 so Addie Jost is Baseball Reference’s man at 1.16 in 1908…the same case is with Tiant’s loss record of 20, shown up by a mark set in 1901 by a man named Peter Dowling.…in today’s baseball Don McMahon’s appearance mark has been beat 16+ times over.


  1. Poor Sam McDowell - he led the AL in strikeouts 5 of 6 years in the late 1960s, but that wasn't good enough to get in the Indians' record book.

  2. Yes but Bob Feller has one of the all time great strikeout seasons in 1946. When this card came out it was best mark post WW2. Imagine what would he would have done if he wasn't military service for 4 3/4 seasons. Sam was great too. Interestingly enough his league leading mark of 225 Ks in 1966 is tied with 12 others for 306th best of all time.