It was a decade of excitement and drama … and unfulfilled promise.
The Cleveland Indians of the 1960s featured some of the best pitching in all of baseball … too often frittered away by a lineup that promised hitting and delivered frustration. It was the decade that started with the shocking trade of Cleveland’s beloved Rocky Colavito, and ended with a season where the Tribe fell from first to last.
Inside Indians Pride, you’ll discover …
The outfielder whose 36 doubles led the American League in 1960. (Page 30)
The pitcher who led the Indians with 15 victories in 1961 … and led the American League with 21 in 1965 (sorry, for another team). (Page 62)
The first baseman who won seven Gold Gloves … three with the Tribe. (Page 96)
The AL ERA champion in 1961 who became a 20-game winner for the Indians in 1962. (Page 135)
The infielder whose glove kept him in the major leagues for nine seasons … despite a .213 career batting average. (Page 117)
The versatile right-handed pitcher who led the Indians with 17 saves in 1965 and in games started (37) in 1966. (Page 242)
The two-time All-Star left fielder who led the Indians with 31 home runs in 1964. (Page 203)
The right-handed pitcher who won 14 games in 1967 and led the American League with six shutouts. (Page 325)
The first baseman who led the Indians in slugging, home runs and RBIs in 1968 and 1969. (Page 428)
Indians Pride recreates the Tribe’s ups and down during baseball’s real golden age, the 1960s.
Indians Pride takes you season-by-season, month-by-month, even game-by-game through a decade of triumphs and defeats. The entire decade unfolds before your eyes as you follow and root for the heroes of Cleveland summers … who won more hearts than games.
Inside Indians Pride, you’ll thrill to …
The right-hander whose 1.60 ERA in 1968 was the best in the American League since 1919. (Page 366)
The left-handed slugger who hit 48 home runs for Cleveland in 1961-62. (Page 80)
The Hall of Fame hurler whose last win as an Indian was the 300th of his career. (Page 163)
The utility infielder who batted .307 as a rookie in 1964. (Page 260)
The pitcher who won his first nine decisions in 1961 on his way to a 13-5 campaign. (Page 86)
The “Honey” who hit more home runs than any other American League catcher in the 1960s. (Page 112)
The southpaw who led the Indians in victories in 1963 and 1964. (Page 158)
The All-Star third baseman who led the Indians in home runs and RBIs in 1967. (Page 342)
The veteran relief pitcher who appeared in 128 games (with a 2.81 ERA) in 1964-65. (Page 220)
The reigning RBI champ who was traded to the Indians in 1969, but never played a full season in Cleveland. (Page 411)
It was the decade of Tito and Mudcat. Of Daddy Wags and Sudden Sam. Of the Duke and the Hawk.
Throughout the 1960s, the Cleveland Indians fielded a team with star power at the plate and on the mound. With outstanding pitchers like Jim Perry, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Dick Donovan, Luis Tiant, “Sudden Sam” McDowell and Sonny Siebert. And outstanding hitters like Tito Francona, John Romano, Willie Kirkland, Max Alvis, Leon “Daddy Wags” Wagner, Joe Azcue, Fred Whitfield, Tony Horton and Ken “Hawk” Harrelson … and the short-lived return of Rocky.
Inside Indians Pride, you’ll find …
The pitcher who led the American League in victories in 1960. (Page 45)
The first Indians shortstop to hit 20 or more home runs for three consecutive seasons. (Page 70)
The outfielder who batted .322 in 1961 … and then was traded to the Washington Senators for a future 20-game winner. (Page 87)
The hard-throwing right-hander who averaged 7.7 strikeouts per game from 1964-1966. (Page 302)
The Gold Glove center fielder who was leading the AL with a .346 batting average when he made his first (and only) All-Star appearance in 1965. (Page 178)
The rookie first baseman who drove in 73 runs in 1965. (Page 218)
The outfielder who returned to Cleveland in 1965 to lead the American League in RBIs. (Page 264)
The pitcher whose 325 strikeouts in 1965 are still the American League record for a left-hander. (Page 406)
And more. Much, much more.
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