• Cleveland Blues Team Formation

    In 1900 the American League was still considered a minor league. In 1901 team was renamed the Cleveland Bluebirds when the American League broke with the National Agreement and declared itself a competing Major League. The Cleveland franchise was among its eight charter members.

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This was a strange time for the Cleveland Blues.  They went through 4 name changes until finally settling with the current name of the team, the Indians in 1915.  They also became charter members of the modern day American League in 1901.  The original name of the team in 1900 was the “Bluebirds” which the team members hated.  They shortened it to “Blues”.  From 1903 – 1904, they called themselves the Bronchos, and after the acquisition of superstar Napolean “Nap” Lajoie  changed their name yet again to the “Naps”.  After trading Nap prior to the 1915 season, they settled on the current name of the “Indians.”

Established
1901

City
Cleveland

League History
2000 – Present / Major League Baseball
1901 – 1999 / American League

Team History
1915 – Present / Cleveland Indians
1903 – 1914 / Cleveland Naps
1901 – 1902 / Cleveland Blues

Nickname
Blues – In 1901 team was renamed the Cleveland Bluebirds when the American League broke with the National Agreement and declared itself a competing Major League. The Cleveland franchise was among its eight charter members. Writers frequently shortened it to Cleveland Blues due to the players’ all-blue uniforms, but the players didn’t like this unofficial name either.

Championship
World Series  0
1948, 1920

Stadium
2008 – Present / Progressive Field
1994 – 2007 / Jacobs Field
1934 – 1993 / Cleveland Stadium
1900 – 1946 / League Park
1912 – 1934 / Dunn Field

Owner
1999 – Present / Larry Dolan
1986 – 1999 / Richard Jacobs
1978 – 1983 / Steve O’Neill
1972 – 1978 / Ted Bonda
1972 – 1975 / Nick Mileti
1966 – 1972 / Vernon Stouffer
1962 – 1966 / Gabe Paul
1956 – 1962 / William R. Daley
1952 – 1956 / Myron H. Wilson
1949 – 1952 / Ellis Ryan
1946 – 1949 / Bill Veeck
1927 – 1946 / Alva Bradley
1916 – 1922 / Jim Dunn

1901 – 1916 / Charles Somers

Who is the greatest Cleveland Blues?

Retired Number
3 Earl Averill
5 Lou Boudreau
14 Larry Doby
18 Mel Harder
19 Bob Feller
20 Frank Robinson
21 Bob Lemon
42 Jackie Robinson
455 Indians Fans

Mascot
1990 – Present / Slider

*Blue is this team’s history

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