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The Indians 2013 home opener is here!

The Indians 2013 home opener is here!
April 8, 2013
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Today the Indians open up their 2013 home schedule with the Yankees in town. The festivities that come with opening day will bring a lot of excitement and media attention today, and here is a quick rundown of the TV coverage and some home opener odds and ends:

TV coverage on Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio:

1:00 PM: All Bets Are Off (Live from Rally Alley)
3:00 PM: Indians Live Pregame Show
4:00 PM: Yankees vs. Indians
7:00 PM: Live postgame show
7:30 PM: Chuck’s Last Call (live)

Yankees home opener history

Prior to this week’s matchup with the Yankees, the Indians have hosted the Yankees in their home opening series five previous times and gone 2-3 against them in home openers.

The first Cleveland home opener between the Indians and Yankees took place on April 8, 1975 with the Indians claiming a 5-3 victory, riding a 9.0-inning complete game from Gaylord Perry.  The Indians squared off with the Yankees again on April 13, 1985 and lost 6-3, a game in which Bert Blyleven started but gave up 13 hits and five runs in six innings of work. The Indians other home opener win against the Bronx Bombers came on April 19, 1990, a game in which Greg Swindell pitched into the 7th inning, allowing only three hits while striking out five. The Indians played their last home opener in Cleveland Municipal Stadium against the Yankees on April 5, 1993 losing by a score of 9-3.  The two teams have met only once to start the season at Progressive Field, and it resulted in a 7-1 Indians loss on April 2, 1996. In that game rookie shortstop Derek Jeter connected for his first Major League home run.

Home Opener Facts:

Indians record in home openers: 58-54
Earliest home opener: March 31, 2008 vs. the Chicago White Sox
Latest home opener: May 6, 1902 vs. the Chicago White Sox
Longest home opener winning streak: 5 games - 1920 thru 1924
Longest home opener losing streak: 6 games - 1906 thru 1911
One-run home opener games: 34 (19-15 record)
Indians shutouts: 9 - most recently April 19, 1990
Opponent shutouts: 8 - most recently April 15, 1958
Most wins by a pitcher: Bob Feller (4)
Last Indians homer on opening day: Jack Hannahan (2012)
Last Indians grand slam in the home opener: Casey Blake on April 7, 2006

Did you know?

When the Indians played their home games at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium they attracted more than 70,000 fans on opening day four times, more than 60,000 fans eight times, and more than 50,000 fans 13 times. With Progressive Field’s capacity at 43,429, these figures are no longer achievable.

The Indians also have the top three all-time largest crowds in American League history for home openers:

1. 74,420 vs. the Detroit Tigers on April 7, 1973
2. 73,290 vs. the New York Yankees on April 5, 1993 (final home opener at stadium)
3. 73,163 vs. the St. Louis Browns on April 20, 1948 

Through the years

Here is a breakdown of the Indians’ record in home openers by decade:

1901-1909 - 4-5
1910-1919 - 4-6
1920-1929 - 9-1
1930-1939 - 6-4
1940-1949 - 5-5
1950-1959 - 6-4
1960-1969 - 3-7
1970-1979 - 5-5
1980-1989 - 5-5
1990-1999 - 6-4
2000-2009 – 5-5
2010-2012 – 0-3

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User Comments

April 8, 2013 - 12:04 PM EDT
Funny u mention that. That car is out here, parked in an old studio barn, every once in a while the boys at Lucas take it out and run it around San Rafael. There is archival footage for all the ghost parks you mentioned I'm sure. The thing that struck me most watching last night is how the same everything was- frozen in time like a living fossil. Young players, great running catches in the outfield, smooth around the horn double plays in the infield, hitters turning on middle in fastballs and sending them soaring, umpires making "judgment" calls, the managers and players going nuts, the fans reacting wildly in unison. The young flesh is now old or dead, and the old cathedrals may have been torn down, but but it's Opening Day again in Cleveland and the ashes and dust are movin' and groovin'!
April 8, 2013 - 11:18 AM EDT
Man, I would have loved to see that Shy! I am a sucker for old footage from old ballparks of the past. If I ever got my hands on Marty's DeLorean, I'd go back in time and hit up Ebbets, Polo Grounds, Comisky, League Park, Forbes, Crosley, and so on....
April 8, 2013 - 11:08 AM EDT
Fun information guys, really brings a connection w the past thru the game. PBS ran a special out here last night on the 55 Dodgers/Yankees w some great video clips in old Ebbets field and Yankee Stadium. Spooky good. Thanks, and go Tribe!

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