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Sign petition for Bob Feller to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

feller“If the game proved anything it proved that we must win this war so that we may be able to continue to play and to see baseball games, instead of learning how to do the goose step.”

-Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 8, 1942

Preparing to pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Bob Feller buttoned up his uniform. For the first time during his professional career, Feller donned a uniform that was not a Cleveland issued garment. As a member of the US Navy, Feller and a group of servicemen prepared to take on the American League All-Stars to help raise money for the war effort.

The United States All-Service team, coached by Mickey Cochrane, featured Feller, John Rigney (Navy-White Sox), John Grodzicki (Army-Cardinals), Mickey Harris (Army-Red Sox), Fred Hutchinson (Navy-Tigers), Frank Pytlak (Navy-Red Sox), Ken Silvestri (Army-Yankees), John Sturm and Morrie Arnovich (Army-Giants).

Opposing the service team was the American League All-Stars. Future Hall of Famers Hal Newhouser, Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams highlighted a star-studded roster.

The Plain Dealer reported that the event had a World Series type of atmosphere. Beginning with the 6:30 p.m. batting practice, the event featured the Fort Hayes band, Marine Corps drill, Fort Custer tank destroyer battalion and artillery outfit, parade of tanks, Great Lakes Naval Training Station band, V formation and a flag raising. The baseball game did not even start until 9 p.m.

The ballpark was dolled up in red, white and blue bunting and flags of the United Nations were draped from the upper deck. Photos of Douglas MacArthur were affixed to the walls at the base of the stands. A crowd of 62,094 turned out to see Feller and the Servicemen drop a 5-0 decision to the All-Stars. Feller pitched into the second inning before leaving, down 3-0. Fans understood that perhaps Feller didn’t have his best stuff due to his Navy duties taking precedent of his time. Famed Plain Dealer writer, Gordon Cobbledick wrote it this way:

“American League pitching was too sharp for batting eyes dulled by months of devotion to another task. American League bats were too potent for pitching arms grown rusty in the service of a greater cause than baseball. This was the story of the United States Service-American League All-Star game at the stadium last night before one of the greatest crowds of Cleveland sports history.”

Interestingly enough, even during an unofficial game such as this one, fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium booed the Yankees’ star Joe DiMiaggio. He was quoted saying, “I can’t understand it. I don’t know of anything I’ve done to deserve it.”

Underlying the spectacle was the benefit of the game. For every ticket sold, $1 in War Stamps was included. The event raised between $130,000 and $150,000 for the war effort.

Bob Feller used his celebrity in the best way he could during the early part of the war. This game is just one reason why we believe Bob Feller deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Please help and sign the petition.

–Team curator/historian Jeremy Feador

Tribe’s Spring Training trucks are officially en route to Arizona

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Just as Punxsutawney Phil predicted just three days ago, spring should be upon us shortly.

And for the Indians, the first sign of spring is Truck Day, the long awaited departure of our supply-filled trucks that have a final destination of Goodyear, Arizona.

That day was today.

This morning, the trucks loaded up with all the necessities, and departed Cleveland about noon. The trucks are expected to roll into Arizona by Tuesday.

Hang on, Tribe Town – there are just 12 days until pitchers and catchers report, and only 59 days until Opening Day!

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

Carlos Carrasco purchases books, delivers them to Luis Munoz Marin School in Cleveland

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In May, Carlos Carrasco visited Cleveland’s Luis Munoz Marin School to deliver an important message to the school’s students: Reading is important.

Today, he returned to back up that message and he was bearing gifts: Carrasco purchased books for the school and delivered them. Video:

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland makes mag’s list of top 50 places to travel; add the Tribe to your vacation list!

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Some great news to brighten up your Friday: Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2015 list of Best Places to Travel includes Cleveland, and we’re in rare company: We’re one of only 12 U.S. destinations, and the only one in the Midwest.

What the mag has to say about our fair city:

  • Revival is well under way in downtown Cleveland, as young professionals move in and historic buildings are repurposed. The Westin Cleveland Downtown and Marriott’s Metropolitan at the 9 (with a theater and an indoor dog park) began welcoming guests in 2014, joining the Downtown Aloft, est. 2013. Several hotels will follow as the city preps for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Keep an eye out for Ohio’s first Kimpton—in the 1901 terra-cotta Schofield Building—and the 30-story Hilton Cleveland Downtown overlooking Lake Erie. One of downtown’s most buzzed-about 2015 openings is Mabel’s BBQ from Iron Chef and native son Michael Symon, who wants to establish a Cleveland-style barbecue. (He’s finessing the sauce, likely a mix of mustard, Ohio maple syrup, and vinegar.) The innovative local food scene also counts farm-to-table Flying Fig and Mitchell’s Ice Cream, which began churning out seasonal small-batch flavors in April 2014. Both are in the hip Ohio City neighborhood, near the West Side Market, linked to downtown by new bike lanes. Over in Uptown, the Cleveland Institute of Art’s expansion nears completion. It’s a short walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art, which got a shiny new home in late 2012. And don’t forget game-changer LeBron James, who’s back in town and eager to give Cleveland more reasons to be proud. —Kate Appleton

Fantastic news, and we like to think we play a big part: We’ve built a strong core headlined by Cy Young winner Corey Kluber and MVP finalist Michael Brantley, who’ve led our team to the fourth-most wins in the AL over the past two seasons, including a playoff berth in 2013.

Plus, we have dramatic fan experience enhancements coming for 2015, more details of which can be found here.

Here’s our 2015 schedule: Make plans to come check out Tribe baseball at Progressive Field today!

 

 

MISSION SWISHER: Indians 1B to host Charity Event in Cleveland

 

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Indians first baseman/designated hitter Nick Swisher announced that he and his wife JoAnna will be hosting their first charity event in Cleveland on Monday, July 28th. The event, MISSION SWISHER, is a scavenger hunt that will take place at Progressive Field from 4:00-8:00 p.m where 15 teams will be after an ultimate prize.

“This event is going to be so much fun for people of all ages.” said Swisher. “It gives everyone a chance to experience the ballpark in a whole new way and hopefully raise a lot of money for a great cause. We’re blessed to have the opportunity and can’t wait to get our hands dirty.”

Each team will consist of eight contestants paired with a celebrity guest. Several Cleveland area athletes and entertainers are expected to be in attendance. For every clue that is found, each team will receive a certain number of points. The team that receives the most amount of points in the shortest possible time will win.

Immediately following the event will be an after party in The Collection Auto Club with food, drinks, an awards ceremony and silent auction. MISSION SWISHER is family friendly and welcome to all ages!

All proceeds will benefit The Swisher Family Foundation,501 (c)(3) non-profit organization designed to help all children in need with vital medical care, education and recreational activities. The Foundation also supports essential programs that will make a difference in a child’s life, while also helping to raise self-esteem to help create a bright future for children.

 For more information, please contact Kimberly Crossett at MVP Sports Group: kimberlyc@mvpsportsgroup.com or at 310-525-3755.

Shapiro to help introduce Cleveland chapter of PCA

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Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro will be among a number of sports executives in attendance at Progressive Field this afternoon to help launch the Cleveland chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is an organization that focuses on educating youth sports coaches, parents and athletes to emphasize character building and life lessons in addition to competition in the youth sports environment.

The PCA was formed at Stanford University in 1998 and offers a variety of workshops and online courses for people involved in different areas of youth athletics. Shapiro joined the National Board of Directors in 2012.

“I joined the National Advisory Board of PCA after I learned about the great work they were doing in helping to insure that youth sports is the positive, life forming experience it has the potential to be,” said Shapiro.  “Sports has been a big part of the fabric of my life but my exposure to youth sports through my son’s experiences made me realize how much of the eyepiece depends upon the coach and his approach.  PCA has a program and philosophy that is scalable and approaches the sports from a holistic approach guiding the coaches, parents and athletes.”

After joining the National Board of Directors, Shapiro quickly focused on bringing a chapter of the organization to Cleveland, and he spearheaded the effort to open the PCA’s 8th regional office in the city.

“Cleveland is my home, my community and where I am raising my family.  I want the Cleveland market to benefit from the great work that PCA does.  The natural way to insure this happens and happens soon was to partner with PCA and other like-minded local leaders to help being a chapter to Cleveland,” said Shapiro.

The Indians President said his goals for the Cleveland chapter of PCA are to impact the youth sports experience of as many local coaches, athletes and families as possible, and that youth sports provide valuable building blocks of successes both on and off the field.

For more information on the Positive Coaching Alliance, visit: PositiveCoach.org.

— TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom

Francona Treats Cleveland Media to Lunch

The relationship between a team’s manager and the local beat reporters in a given city is a living, breathing entity that takes on many forms throughout the course of a baseball season and becomes a very important part of the process that delivers the news and information that you get through newspapers, television, talk radio, blogs, Twitter, etc.

Beginning with Spring Training, the manager maintains scheduled pre- and post-game media obligations on a daily basis in addition to all the incidental contact that may take place in person or over the phone with journalists who spend a significant portion of their working lives chronicling the club’s daily story lines. In short, it’s extremely beneficial for all parties involved for these relationships to be built upon some combination of trust, honesty, fairness, respect and professionalism. With that in mind, Terry Francona hosted the Cleveland contingency of beat reporters during a 90-minute informal lunch earlier today in the home clubhouse at Progressive Field, giving the local scribes an opportunity to get-to-know the new Indians skipper outside of a traditional press conference setting; equally, the meet-and-greet gave Tito the chance to familiarize himself with some of the people he’ll be interacting with on an almost daily basis at the ballpark and express his appreciation for the jobs that they do. The group covered a wide range of insightful topics, which MLB.com’s Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian hits in more detail HERE.

Urban Meyer Visits Progressive Field

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Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer and his sons, Jack and Nate, spent the day at Progressive Field on Monday. The Meyers toured the Indians Clubhouse, battled Indians pitcher Joe Smith in ping pong, and took batting practice in the indoor batting cages.

TribeVibe: How has your experience at Progressive Field been thus far?
Urban Meyer: It’s a little bit of a time warp because I grew up about 40 miles east of here. We used to come and watch the Cleveland Indians all the time in the old stadium. I was always a big Indians fan when Rick Manning and Duane Kuiper and all those guys were playing, so it’s just great to be back here.

TV: What’s your best memory of coming down to watch an Indians game as a kid?
UM: One of my dreams was that I got drafted by the Atlanta Braves, but when I came here when I was young, when I was 17 years old—a senior in high school—they invited me up here to eat. They took me on the field and said, ‘You’re going to be the next shortstop for the Cleveland Indians.’ It didn’t work out, but obviously that’s how excited I was.

TV: Do you have a favorite player on the Indians?
UM: I just have a following going. I’m a big Lowe fan. I’ve just watched him for so many years.

TV: Did you know Lowe would be starting tonight when you planned this visit?
UM: I just found out, and I’m all excited. 

TV: Your son is throwing out tonight’s first pitch. Is he a Cleveland Indians fan?
UM: He’s actually a Tampa Bay Rays fan. He’s a tough one. All he knows is Florida, but he loves the Indians. He’s still learning about them.

TV: How would you describe Cleveland fans?
UM: I know Cleveland fans very well because I was here for all those years with the Browns and Indians. The Indians weren’t very good when I was growing up. The Browns were pretty good. [The fans] are passionate; they’re the craziest fans I’ve ever seen. I’m glad to see the Indians doing so good this year. It’d be great for Ohio if the Indians had a good run.

TV: What are you looking forward to most at Ohio State this coming fall?
UM: I’ll be coaching at a place I’ve followed since I was a little kid — Ohio State. I’m anxious to get back. I took a year off, so I’m anxious to get back into it, just anxious to get back on the sideline.

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

Indians Game Information June 16

CLEVELAND INDIANS (33-30, 2nd, -0.5) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (32-31)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.91) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (6-2, 3.61)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

TOSSIN’ ZEROS: JUSTIN MASTERSON worked 7.0 frames in last night’s shutout of the Buccos and has thrown a team season-high 11.0 consecutive scoreless innings, the 2nd-longest such streak of his career (15.0 IP, July 1-14, 2011) and longest by an Indians pitcher since VINNIE PESTANO had a 14.1-inning streak from Aug. 4-Sept. 7, 2011.

22 FOOTSTEPS: MICHAEL BRANTLEY has hit safely in a career-high 22 straight games, which is (1) the longest hit streak in the majors at any point this season, (2) the longest hit streak in the majors since Dan Uggla hit safely in 33 straight games, July 5-Aug. 13, 2011 and (3) the longest hit streak by an Indians batter since Casey Blake hit safely in 26 straight games, May 20-June 17, 2007.

SWASHBUCKLIN’: With last night’s victory, Cleveland holds a slim 16-15 advantage all-time against Pittsburgh since the inception of Interleague Play, but has won 10 of the 13 games played here at Progressive Field… the Indians have beaten the Pirates in 5 straight games here in Cleveland, allowing 2 runs-or-less in each of those 5 contests.

AROUND THE BLOCK: CARLOS SANTANA has caught 7 of the last 17 and 12 of 34 (35%) would-be base-stealers overall in 2012, as the Indians backstop owns the best qualifying CS% in the A.L. this season and trails only Arizona’s Miguel Montero (40.6%, 13-of-32) for the major league lead…JOHNNY DAMON has 999 career walks, as he is set to become the 114th player in baseball history to reach 1,000 free passes for a career… CONSECUTIVE SB ATTEMPT STREAKS: Kipnis (13 straight), Choo (9 straight)…former Indians manager MIKE HARGROVE will join JIM ROSENHAUS in the radio booth for today’s game in the absence of TOM HAMILTON, who is with his family in Omaha, Nebraska to watch his son Nick and the rest of the Kent State University baseball team compete in the NCAA College World Series…with the signings of OF TYLER BOOTH (13th rd., Central Ariz. College) and RHP JAMES STOKES (22nd rd., Elon Univ.), Cleveland now has 14 of the club’s 40 picks under contract from the 2012 June draft, including 5 of the top 10.

Marine Week in Cleveland

Note to the Reader: Below is an interview with Corporal Lockhart, from Titusville, FL, who was stationed on a ship that traveled to 9 different countries and LCPL Bajusz from Middleburg Heights, OH, who was stationed in Afghanistan.

Are you a baseball fan?
LCPL Bajusz: I played it since I was little. I always loved it, always loved going to the games.

What are your impressions of Cleveland?
LCPL Bajusz: It’s home. I love it. Great people.
Corporal Lockhart: It’s nice. The weather is really nice compared to Florida. It’s been raining in Florida like it’s going out of style. The people are really nice.

What has been your favorite part of spending time in Cleveland this week?
LCPL Bajusz: Seeing all the people come out and thank us for what we do and check out all the stuff we have. Seeing the little kids seeing stuff that they don’t get to see or do was nice.

Are there similarities between Marines and baseball players?
LCPL Bajusz: In a way, yes. We are both looked up to, but the crowds may be different. Baseball players are looked up to by the young ones, who want to be like them. We are looked up to as the guys that protect our freedom.
Corporal Lockhart: Yes, we are both the best at what we do. We all have to work hard to get where we’re at, plus constant training and stuff like that.

What qualities make a good marine?
Corporal Lockhart: Honor, courage, commitment. Be able to think quickly and also follow orders from senior enlisted Marines or officers. Another important quality is being able to do the right thing when no one’s looking.

Do you follow baseball during war time?
LCPL Bajusz: One of my best friends is from Texas, and while we were out in Afghanistan last year, [The Rangers] played in the World Series. He was throwing things at the TV. It was a great time. That was his home team, and it brought him memories from home.
Corporal Lockhart: It was actually basketball season when I was deployed. It was the Magic versus the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. I remember watching it on the ship when LeBron James hit that 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Magic ended up beating them and going to the Finals.

In your opinion, what is the best way for people to honor Marines?
LCPL Bajusz: Just the simple thank yous. That’s what we do it for, that’s what shows their appreciation for us, and that’s what keeps us going.

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