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Greatest Indians Season Openers

Postby TonyIBI » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:04 pm

Throwing this thread up for some ideas on a piece I am putting together for Fox Sports for Tuesday.

What are some of the most memorable Indians season openers? These are the first game of the season.

Obvious ones that come to mind is Feller's no-hitter in 1940, The Jake opening and extra inning win in 1994, the snow out and Grover's antics in 2007, and last season's MLB record for longest season opener in history.

What are some others? Looking for ideas to be sure I did not miss any! Thanks.
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Re: Greatest Indians Season Openers

Postby daingean » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:09 pm

Frank Robinson's heroics in the opener in '75. First African-American to manage an MLB game and the Tribe downs the hated Yankees.
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Re: Greatest Indians Season Openers

Postby daingean » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:30 pm

Some others that I found

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS197704070.shtml

I don't remember this one but Buddy Bell's 9th inning home run to tie in Boston.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET194204140.shtml

Nothing dramatic here but Boudreau's first game as manager

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET195104170.shtml

First game of Al Lopez in Cleveland (after Boudreau's tenor) and Lemon throws a 2 hitter

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLA/SLA192504140.shtml

3 touchdowns by Tribe downs Browns 21-14. This is an AL record for runs scored in an opener.
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_runs2.shtml
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Re: Greatest Indians Season Openers

Postby daingean » Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:46 pm

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA196804100.shtml

Last opening day shutout for the Tribe - Sonny Siebert

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CLE/opening.shtml

All openers back to 1916.....this might help some
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Re: Greatest Indians Season Openers

Postby Hermie13 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:37 pm

TonyIPI wrote:Throwing this thread up for some ideas on a piece I am putting together for Fox Sports for Tuesday.

What are some of the most memorable Indians season openers? These are the first game of the season.

Obvious ones that come to mind is Feller's no-hitter in 1940, The Jake opening and extra inning win in 1994, the snow out and Grover's antics in 2007, and last season's MLB record for longest season opener in history.

What are some others? Looking for ideas to be sure I did not miss any! Thanks.


The ones you mentioned were good. Agree with daingean on the 1975 opener with Frank Robinson as the first black manager. The HR he hit in the 1st was pretty special too.

I'd also throw in the 1995 one just because I remember who great it felt to have baseball back after the strike. Game wasn't all that special as the Tribe ran away with it (sort of set the tone for that season), but was at spring training that year with all those replacement players and remember thinking how weird the season was going to be. This one is probably a stretch though for your article but throwing it out there.
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Re: Greatest Indians Season Openers

Postby Prosecutor » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:53 am

1973 - Gaylord Perry against Mickey Lolich. Chris Chambliss hit a 2-run homer in the first inning and Perry made it stand up in a 2-1 win with both starters going the distance.

I would also include the 1971 home opener in which Gomer Hodge hit a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Red Sox. I was at that one. I still remember hearing a fan yell, "Hodge for Mayor!" as I walked out of the stadium.
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Re: Greatest Indians Season Openers

Postby Bearcatbob » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:52 pm

I remember one I attended when I believe Leon Wagner hit a 10th inning homer to win. Does anyone remember the time and details of that game?

Edit: April 21, 1965.

www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/box ... 6504210CLE
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Re: Greatest Indians Season Openers

Postby Prosecutor » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:48 pm

Bearcatbob wrote:I remember one I attended when I believe Leon Wagner hit a 10th inning homer to win. Does anyone remember the time and details of that game?

Edit: April 21, 1965.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-sco ... 6504210CLE


I remember listening to that one on the radio as a kid. It was Rocky's first home opener after coming back to Cleveland. Wags hit two HR's including the game winner and after the game said it wouldn't have been right if Rocky didn't hit one, too. The Rock went deep earlier in the game.

Hard to believe it's been nearly half a century since that day.
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Re: Greatest Indians Season Openers

Postby GhostofTedCox » Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:56 pm

In 1971 the Indians were opening against the Boston Red Sox. The Sox featured names like Yaz, Rico, and Billy C. The Tribe had The Hawk, Vada Pinson, Graig Nettles, and Ray Fosse. My man, Sudden Sam was the SP.

After 7 1/2, the Sox lead 2-0. Sam had 9 SO in 7 IP. In the bottom of the 8th a PH named Gomer Hodge leads off with a double and comes around to score our first run. In the 9th, we are still down 2-1. Pinson and Fosse get on, and advance to 2B and 3B. With 2 outs, Hodge gets up again. Hw singles to CF, score 2 - Indians win. :biggrin

Gomer Hodge (who was a real goober), was the hero. Front page of the PD.

1971 turned out to be Gomer Hodge's only year in MLB. A career of 83 total AB's.
But most Indian fans my age will remember the name.


(I also remember it was cold as hell.)
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