What Cleveland Indians greats would make up a Field of Dreams lineup?
Imagine you’re standing on a baseball field in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa and old-time baseball players begin emerging from the corn, all wearing old Cleveland Indians uniforms. What nine players are walking towards you?
With Major League Baseball taking a game to the grounds of Kevin Costner’s “Field of Dreams” we started asking ourselves a few questions. First, how did a farmer who’s corn was talking to him end up as the Cleveland Browns general manager? More importantly, what Cleveland baseball greats would emerge from that field?
For the purpose of this, sticking to the movie, the players would have to be ghosts, so they have to have passed. They also have to be some of the best players throughout the history of the organization, so here’s what we’ve got for the Cleveland Indians Field of Dreams lineup.
P – Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians (1936-1956)
There’s no better place to start when talking about Cleveland greats than Bob Feller. The best player to ever put on a Cleveland uniform, Feller was an eight-time All-Star and posted just ridiculous stats for the majority of his career.
He led the majors in wins during both the 1940, 1941 and 1946 seasons and just the American League an additional three times. In fact, his 1940 campaign is arguably the best single season by a pitcher ever.
In 1940, Feller tossed 31 complete games while posting an American League-best 2.61 ERA over 320.1 innings, which wasn’t even the most of his career in a single season. He also led baseball in strikeouts with 261 and posted an American League-best 1.133 WHIP.
Beyond the insane stats that would take forever to list, Feller also spent what could have been the prime of his career serving in the military during the 1942-1944 seasons. One can only wonder what greatness could have occurred, coming off back-to-back seasons when he led the MLB in wins.