Top 5 greatest moments in Cleveland Indians history
The era of the Cleveland Indians will come to a close with the final game of the season against the Texas Rangers. The end of this era will welcome the dawn of the Cleveland Guardians, but the history of the previous moniker won’t be lost. Cleveland baseball will still be a storied and historical member of Major League Baseball, it’ll just be under a new name.
The entrance of the next chapter in the club’s history also brings the opportunity to reflect on the past. It’s no secret that Cleveland has been witness to moment after moment etched in baseball’s history. While it’s hard to narrow down an exact top five moments, there are few special clips from time that stick out among the countless achievements the club has made.
These five moments are up for debate, but it’s hard to argue that the five selected here aren’t at least in the conversation. Each fan creates emotional connections to certain eras, players and moments that define their fandom, but from an organizational standpoint, these five moments have to be up there for the greatest in club history.
5. Larry Doby debuts for the Cleveland Indians
In terms of greatest moments in club history it’s hard to best something that changed the landscape of the sport. After Jackie Robinson debuted on April 15, 1947 in the National League it wasn’t long before Larry Doby accomplished the same in the American League, making his first MLB appearance on July 5 of the same year.
Doby’s debut has stood as a monumental moment in baseball history and the career that followed can be classified in the same fashion. Over 17 seasons, Doby would go on to win two World Series, one being with Cleveland in 1948. He was also selected to nine All-Star Games en route to a Hall of Fame career that ended with his number being retired by the Cleveland Indians.