How to Be a Cleveland Indians Fan

The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. If you want to become a fan of the Indians, follow these steps.


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    Review the history. Professional baseball is one of Cleveland's oldest traditions, going back nearly 140 years. Not only is The Tribe (nickname for the team) a charter American League Team, but the city has National League roots as well, so you have nearly a century and a half of rich baseball stories, facts, and records.
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    Learn the team. If you throw your Indians hat on while walking the streets, be prepared to talk Tribe: know the rosters, the standings, the stat. leaders. Don't look like an idiot and be caught off guard, baseball fans can't play it dumb.
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    Follow the team. Nothing makes being a fan easier then following the team throughout the season, you'll catch the trades, stats, and scores by simply listening. If you prefer radio, tune to WTAM 1100. If you like TV you'll want the STO network. If you don't live in the Great Lakes region get yourself an XM.
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    Get out to the ballpark. Nothing will bring your family closer together and closer to the Tribe then taking them to Progressive Field (formerly Jacob's Field), it's a family friendly venue, but with a blue collar touch.
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    Learn the lingo:
    • The Tribe - The well accepted Indians' nickname, it saves breath, saves ink, and saves the city from Native American lawsuits.
    • The Jake - Jacob's Field, "Magic at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario" is the beautiful home of the Tribe. Though the name was recently changed to Progressive Field, many fans still refer to it as Jacob's Field, and you will still be understood if you say "The Jake." For now, at least.
    • Chief Wahoo - You know that racially incorrect red-faced native with the goofy smile on your hat? His name is Chief Wahoo, and he's been in the family for over 50 years.
    • Bob Feller/Herb Score - Not only were these guys dominating pitchers for the Tribe, but they're kind of like the team and fan's adoptive grandpas. They can be seen at games, and have been loyal to the city since their playing days.
    • Slider - He's... She's... It's that pink thing that dances on the dugouts between innings.
    • Hammy - AKA Tom Hamilton, Radio voice for the Tribe, best known for, "SWING AND A DRIVE, WAAAAAAAY BACK, GONE!!!"
    • Paul Hoynes - This guy has been trying to answer Tribe fan's questions for years with the Plain Dealer, no one thinks he knows what he's talking about. Hey Hoynes! No offense, we love you anyway.
    • Terry Pluto and Bud Shaw - These Tribe beat writers are about as opposite as you can get, if these guys were movies, Pluto would be Field of Dreams, and Shaw would be Bull Durham. Pluto writes for a hopeful future, and a past of curses and magic moments. Shaw writes with about as much sunshine in his heart as a winter in Cleveland. Both get the facts straight, Both are knowledgeable, pick one from the other based on your personal taste.
    • John Adams - You know that pounding you hear during Tribe at bats, or with two strikes on the batter? It all starts in the bleachers with John and his drum. He's been pounding away in the bleacher seats at every game since 1973.
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    Purchase a starter kit. Get yourself a hat, shirt, wall pennant, and bumper sticker.
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    Learn the stories. Baseball is rich with amazing and sometimes funny stories and The Tribe has their share as well. You can learn them through talking to other fans, or by reading some great Indians literature, here's a few good titles:
    • Our Tribe by Terry Pluto ISBN 188622871X
    • Curse of Rocky Colavito by Terry Pluto ISBN 0684804158
    • Dealing by Terry Pluto ISBN 1598510223
    • Endless Summers, The Fall and Rise of the Cleveland Indians by Jack Torry ISBN 0912083980
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    Learn the rivals. The tribes biggest long-time rivals include:
    • Yankees
    • Twins
    • Tigers
    • White Sox
    • Reds.
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    Learn the flukes and and then avoid these topics when drinking with Tribe fans:
    • Willy Mays' "The Catch" 1954 World Series
    • All the bad trades including, Colavito, Maris, Eckersley, Tommy John, Nettles, Buddy Bell (who is now manager for the Royals), just to name a few.
    • Game 7 of '97 World Series
    • The 1987 Sports Illustrated Cover
    • The Strike shortened '94 season
    • The 1993 Spring Training boating accident
    • Ray Chapman's Death
    • Herb Score's eye
    • The 2005 collapse, and the Coco Crisp trade
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    Learn the glory. Every fan should know these victories:
    • 1920, 1948 World Champions
    • '20, '48, '54, '95, '97 American League Champions
    • '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, '01, '07 Central Division Champions (Division Record)
    • 455 Consecutive Sellouts (MLB Record)
    • First AL African American Player - Larry Doby
    • First MLB African American Manager - Frank Robinson
    • Greatest single game comeback in baseball history-August 5th 2001
      • American League Charter Member Est. 1901
    • 14 Hall of Famers based on time with Cleveland. 26 if you count any association, however brief.
    • Retired Numbers:
      • 455-The Fans
      • 19-Feller
      • 14-Doby
      • 3-Averill
      • 21-Lemon
      • 18-Harder
      • 5-Boudreau


  • Talk to other Tribe fans, don't be afraid to tell them your new to the family, they will most likely show you the way with a welcoming smile.
  • Pick a favorite Indian, what part of the game do you find most interesting? Is it great defense, a powerful bat, or perhaps lights-out pitching? Most likely you'll find a player who captures your heart.


  • Be prepared for the endless dumb jokes from people acting like morons. We may never hear the end about "Mistakes by the lakes", "Jose Mesa", or of course the "Major League" Trilogy. The movies were like a joke about your sister, kinda funny at first, but we've grown tired of it and would like to move on
  • The Indians have been criticized for being racist for their logo. Keep supporting their team.

Things You'll Need

  • Radio (Satellite or Regular, depending on your location.)
  • Cable T.V. (If you prefer watching the game)
  • A newspaper that carries box scores and standings. In the Cleveland area look no further then the Plain Dealer, or Akron Beacon Journal.
  • An Indians baseball cap. Every fan should own at least one.
  • Blankets, if you plan to attend a game between opening day and early June, I recommend some cold weather gear. Same goes if we make the playoffs.

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