20 Years Ago & News and Notes

On Thursday April 5th,the Indians will open their 2012 campaign in front of the 20th straight Opening Day sellout crowd, including the 19th straight Opening Day sellout since Progressive Field opened prior to the 1994 season. Thursday afternoon will be 20 years to the day the Indians started their Opening Day sellout streak. On April 5th, 1993 the Cleveland Indians hosted the final home opener of Cleveland Stadium in front of 73,290 fans. With this in mind I thought it would be kind of fun to look back and see how much things have changed over the past 20 years and what was going on in the world.

  • Gas Prices: 1993 – $1.16   2012 – $3.92
  • Movie Ticket 1993 – $4.14 2012 – $7.93
  • In 1993, Bill Clinton was the president of the United States.
  • Ty Warner USA launches the first beanie babies.
  • The Pentium Microprocessor was introduced by Intel
  • The first American scientists cloned a human embryo
  • Jurassic Park, The Fugitive, Sleepless in Seattle, Mrs. Doubtfire and Cliffhanger were released in 1993.
  • The #1 movie the week of April 5th in 1993 was : Cop and a Half starring Burt Reynolds and directed by the Fonz aka Henry Winkler.
  • The #1 song in music the week of April 5th in 1993 was: Are you Going to go my Way by Lenny Kravitz

News and Notes

Stability at Shortstop: With Asdrubal Cabrera’s two year contract extension the Indians continue to build on their continuity at shortstop. Since 1994, there have only been three Indians start Opening Day at shortstop. Those three are Omar Vizquel (1994-2004), Jhonny Peralta (2005-09) and Asdrubal Cabrera (2010-pres).

Pronk Playing Again: Travis Hafner is scheduled to make his 10th consecutiveOpening Day start for the Cleveland Indians this afternoon, his 9th straight as the squad’s designated hitter…Hafner has reached historic company in terms of overall and consecutive starts on Opening Day…with today’s game, he will become the 12th player in franchise history to reach 10 Opening Day starts and just the 9th player in franchise history to do so in consecutive seasons…infielder Terry Turner holds the record, starting 14 of 15 Opening Day contests from 1904-18 with an unexplained absence from the 1913 lineup.

MOST OVERALL OPENING DAY STARTS FOR CLEVELAND

No. Player Seasons

14 Terry Turner 1904-12, 1914-18

12 Nap Lajoie 1903-14

11 Tris Speaker 1916-26

11 Earl Averill 1929-39

11 Ken Keltner 1938-44, 1946-49

11 Jim Hegan 1947-57

11 Lou Boudreau 1940-50

11 Omar Vizquel 1994-2004

10 Bill Bradley 1901-10

10 Joe Sewell 1921-30

10 Sandy Alomar 1990-94, 1996-2000

9 Travis Hafner 2003-11

(4 others with 9 total O.D. starts)

MOST CONSECUTIVE OPENING DAY STARTS FOR CLEVELAND

No. Player Seasons

12 Nap Lajoie 1903-14

11 Tris Speaker 1916-26

11 Earl Averill 1929-39

11 Jim Hegan 1947-57

11 Lou Boudreau 1940-50

11 Omar Vizquel 1994-2004

10 Bill Bradley 1901-10

10 Joe Sewell 1921-30

9 Travis Hafner 2003-11

(2 others with 9 consec. O.D. starts)

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