Tribe last appeared in the 1997 Fall Classic.
Leading up to their last championship season in 1948, the Cleveland Indians played a instrumental role in racially progressing the league by then Manager Bill Veek signing Larry Dobe a player of of the Negro League’s Newark Eagles. The following year, Veek would sign Satchel Paige at the age of 42, the oldest rookie to every play in the Majors. Those and other moves set up their championship run in 1948, 28 years after their first World Series Title.
Fast forward 48 years later and the 2016 edition of the Cleveland Indians led by Manager Terry Francona are back in the World Series for the first time since the 1997 season when they fell to the Florida Marlin in the 11th inning of game seven.
“The baseball gods are really happy right now,” the Indians’ Mike Napoli said. “I wanted the Cubs to win, just because I knew how cool it would be to be a part of it. I think it’s going to be a special World Series. There’s two droughts, and there’s going to be a winner.”
“There’s a reason we’re here playing,” Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “There’s a reason we’ve only lost one game this postseason. We’re playing pretty darn good baseball right now.
“We’re underdogs because we don’t match up in terms of numbers or stature or contracts. But when it comes to in between those white lines and playing the game of baseball, I like the way we match up with anybody.”
The wait is finally over. Tickets for the entire series are still available so grab a friend and grab your tickets and get out and support your Cleveland Indians as they attempt to win the World Series!