Cleveland Indians




Who Are The Cleveland Indians?

The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. Since 1994, they have played at Progressive Field. The team's spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. Since its establishment as a major league franchise in 1901, the team has won 10 Central Division titles, six American League pennants, and two World Series championships (in 1920 and 1948). The team's current 71-year World Series championship drought is the longest active among all 30 current Major League teams.

The name "Indians" originated from a request by club owner Charles Somers to baseball writers to choose a new name to replace "Cleveland Naps" following the departure of Nap Lajoie after the 1914 season. It was a revival of the nickname that fans gave to the Cleveland Spiders while Louis Sockalexis, a Native American, was playing for the team. Common nicknames for the Indians include the "Tribe" and the "Wahoos," the latter referencing their former logo, Chief Wahoo. The team's mascot is named "Slider."

The franchise originated in 1894 as the Grand Rapids Rustlers, a minor league team in the Western League. The team relocated to Cleveland in 1900 and renamed the Cleveland Lake Shores. The Western League itself renamed the American League while continuing its minor league status. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the major league incarnation of the club founded in Cleveland in 1901. Originally called the Cleveland Bluebirds, the team played in League Park until moving permanently to Cleveland Stadium in 1946. At the end of the 2019 season, they had a regular-season franchise record of 9,477–9,037 (.512). From August 24 to September 14, 2017, the Indians won 22 consecutive games, the longest winning streak in American League history.