The Cleveland Indians have been a staple of the American League for more than a century, tracing its roots back to the 1901 season. After an up and down first two decades, the Indians struck gold in 1920. The Indians won a franchise-record 98 games and rode that momentum all the way to the World Series and a victory over the Brooklyn Robins for the club’s first title. 1947 marked the 27th straight season without a postseason appearance for Cleveland, but it didn’t stop the team from making history. That was the year that outfielder Larry Doby made his Major League debut, becoming the first African American player in the American League. In Doby’s first full season in Cleveland, 1948, the Indians reached their second ever World Series. Doby hit .301 while Bob Lemon and Bob Feller dominated opponents on the mound as the Indians knocked off the Boston Braves in six games to win their second World Series title. Six years later the Indians returned to the World Series, but were swept by the New York Giants. After that World Series loss the Indians didn’t return to the playoffs until 1995, when they had a run of six appearances in seven years, including two World Series appearances—both ending in losses. Cleveland has retired six numbers through the team’s long history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Cleveland Indians baseball tickets.
2016 Indians Season Preview
The Cleveland Indians finished 3rd in a difficult AL Central division for a 2nd straight year last season, and come into 2016 hungry for a playoff run. To help the Indians compete with some of the other power hitting teams in the division, Cleveland brought in veteran first baseman Mike Napoli, who knows what it takes to win a World Series, and should be able to mentor young Indians stars like Francisco Lindor, and Tyler Naquin. While the offensive assault for the Indians should be plenty potent in 2016, the starting pitching staff is missing the big names at the top necessary to win a title. Corey Kluber enters the season as the Indians ace, with the hope that youngsters like Cody Anderson, and Danny Salazar can develop into the top of the rotation stars that the Cleveland Indians desperately need.
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Cleveland Indians Baseball at Progressive Field Address: 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115
The Indians play their home games at Progressive Field, located in Cleveland, Ohio. When filled to capacity, Progressive Field holds more than 43,000 screaming fans. When at the game make sure to travel beyond the center field wall to Heritage Park. Opened in 2007, Heritage Park is the new Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame and includes plaques for all of the past Indian greats. The Cleveland Indians dugout is on the Progressive Field third base line in front of sections 160-165. Progressive Field parking information is covered in our Indians event guide.
Indians vs. White Sox
The Indians and White Sox have been playing for decades, but the rivalry didn’t really gain traction until both joined the AL Central in 1994. Together these two teams combined for the first 7 AL Central pennants and often were the two best teams in the division during that period. Over the last few years, this rivalry has regained the intensity from the early AL Central. With both teams on the rise, this rivalry promises to be one of the best in the AL over the next few years.
Indians vs. Tigers
The Indians and Tigers rivalry is one of the few matchups that has survived realignment. Both clubs were founding members of the AL East, and both moved from the east to the AL Central. Since then the Tigers and Indians have combined to win over half of the AL Central pennants. In the last few years both clubs have pulled away to become the class of the division. Both squads are loaded with talent, and this continues to be the best matchup in the AL Central.
Indians vs. Royals
This matchup didn’t become a rivalry until both squads joined the AL Central in 1994. Since then the Indians have won an unprecedented number of divisional titles. The Royals won a world series in 1985, and have been trying to regain that level of success over the last few decades. Often some of the biggest games of the year in the AL Central, this rivalry has the intensity needed to make a great matchup, it just needs both teams to be good at the same time.
Cleveland Indians in the World Series, American League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
The Cleveland Indians had the most success during the mid-1990s when they won five division titles. During this span they also won two AL pennants. Overall, the franchise that has been around since 1915 has won multiple World Series titles, the first coming in 1920. Cleveland has also won more than four AL pennants and 6+ division titles and will only add to that number in the upcoming seasons.
Cleveland Indians Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to an Indians game?
Gate times differ depending on what gate you are entering and what night of the week it is. Typically general admission to Progressive Field is an hour before game time Monday through Thursday and 90 minutes before weekend games.
Where are good places to eat before an Indians game?
There are dozens of great sports bars close to Progressive Field. We recommend trying the Winking Lizard Tavern, Leader Bar and Grill, and Thirsty & Ten. Pizza lovers should not miss trying Vincenza's Pizza & Pasta, or Alesci’s Downtown. If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, try Lola, a great wine bar with a sophisticated menu and great service. Pura Vida, Lolita, and Crop Bistro are two trendier options in the area that are perfect for foodies. If you are looking for Mexican food, try Orale! Kitchen, or Momocho. Other great places in the area are Greenhouse Tavern, Great Lakes Brewing Company, and Fahrenheit.
Where is the best place to park at Progressive Field?
Progressive Field is surrounded by many great parking options. The most convenient parking locations are located on the north side of the stadium, in-between the stadium and Huron Road. Another good area to look is on the east side of the stadium. There are quite a few smaller parking lots scattered between 9th and 14th from Prospect to Carnegie. To the northwest of the stadium at the corner of Huron and Ontaria is a large parking lot with a walkway to the gateway.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Cleveland Indians game?
Children who have not reached their third birthday will be allowed to enter Progressive Field without a ticket but must sit on a guardians lap for the duration of the game. It is best practice to have proof of your child’s age with you to ensure they are allowed to enter the stadium.