Some weeks in Cleveland Indians history there are a couple of really big stories. And then some weeks, we have several short but interesting events. That’s how it is this week.
A look back at some of the interesting things that happened this week in Cleveland Indians history.
July 9, 1961 Go for immortality… or…
In a game against the Chicago White Sox, Willie Kirkland hit a home run in his first three at-bats. The Sox intentionally walked him in his fourth plate appearance.
Coming up in the bottom of the ninth, with the tying run on base, his manager (Jimmie Dykes) called for a sacrifice bunt. Because that would bring up a hotter hitter for the win? Really?Whatever the reason, Kirkland bunted, and the Indians lost, 9-8.
July 10, 1932 – If only he had gone 10 for 11 we might have won…
Indians shortstop Johnny Burnett set a major league record by going 9 for 11 in an 18 inning game against the Philadelphia Athletics. Sadly it wasn’t enough as Philadelphia – led by Jimmie Foxx (6 for 9 with 3 HR and 8 RBI) – won 18-17. Eddie Rommel picked up the win in relief, pitching 17 innings, giving up 29 hits and nine walks and 13 earned runs.
July 10, 1947 – A rare no-hitter
Don Black throws a no-hitter for the Tribe, beating the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0. Black was 34-55 for his career (12-16 in three years for the Indians). This makes him far and away the least effective Indians starting pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter.
JULY 12, 1951 – A more common no-hitter
One might wonder how the Yankees found a pitcher like Allie Reynolds. They traded Joe Gordon to Cleveland for Reynolds in 1946. Gordon did well in 1948, but was gone by 1951. Meanwhile, Reynolds had a long and prosperous career for the Yankees.