|The Cleveland Indians are back for another season of great American Baseball at the acclaimed Progressive Field. This team has had some of the greats like Lou Boudreau and was even the focus of a popular film, Major League. Don’t miss your chance to see this franchise in action at their home. Buy your Cleveland Indians tickets now!
The Cleveland Indians are a professional American baseball team hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. The franchise began in 1901 when it was established as a Major League team. Their current name was requested by club owner Charles Somers to replace their previous name the “Cleveland Naps” that came from player and manager Nap Lajoje. They were also previously known as the Cleveland Lake Shores, Bluebirds and Bronchos before officially becoming the Cleveland Indians in 1914. Common nicknames among fans include the “Tribe” and the &ldquoWahoos.” Their logo, named “Chief Wahoo,” features a Native American caricature, though their mascot is named &ldquot;Slider.”
Over the span of a century, the team has won the World Series twice, once in 1920 and again in 1948. Since their latest big win, they have been stuck in a championship title drought for over 60 years. This was referred to as “The Curse of Rocky Colavito,” with superstitions attributed to a 1960 swap of team member Rocky Colavito for a Detroit Tigers player. Though the team has struggled at points during the drought, their fan base never wavered. Between June 12, 1995 and April 4, 2001, the Indians broke records by selling out 455 consecutive games played at home with nearly 20 million fans watching during that timeframe. The demand was so high that tickets to 81 home games were sold out before Opening Day on at least three separate occasions. This sellout streak set a Major League Baseball record, which was later broken by the Boston Red Sox on September 8, 2008, though Boston’s Fenway Park holds a smaller amount of people than Progressive Field. The Indians team was so gracious for the fans’ support they retired the number 455 and gave it the name “The Fans.”
The team plays in Progressive Field, located in downtown Cleveland. It was formerly known as Jacobs Field, named after team owners Richard and David Jacobs, from its inaugural season in 1994 to 2008. The name was changed to Progressive Field after it was purchased by Progressive Insurance Company. It was nicknamed “The Jake” after its original name and some fans still refer to it as such. In 2008, the ballpark was ranked No. 1 on Sports Illustrated best ballpark. The poll was taken by fans and ranked based on the following criteria: affordability, food, team quality, tradition, atmosphere, fan IQ, hospitality, promotions, traffic and neighborhood. The ballpark showcases a beautiful view of Cleveland’s downtown skyline. It was designed with a goal to blend seamlessly in with the city.
The Cleveland Indians have been home to a number of Pro Baseball Hall of Famers including Lou Boudreau and Nap Lajoie, as well as many other baseball MVPs. The team has also had several statues made in honor of its players, including Bob Feller, Jim Thome and Larry Doby. Like any good team, the Indians have their respective rivalries, like with the other Ohio team, the Cincinnati Reds. When the two teams meet, it generates quite the buzz, and fans everywhere tune in.
One thing is for sure, there is nothing like a Cleveland Indians game. The excitement and history behind Progressive Field makes the Cleveland Indians’ games a staple in American baseball. Make sure you’re decked out in the classic navy blue, red and white colors and are ready to cheer on your favorite players and team. Buy your Cleveland Indians tickets today!