The Cleveland Indians are owners of the longest current World Series drought in baseball, having gone 69 seasons without winning the Fall Classic. But that doesn’t mean the Indians haven’t had a bunch of great players over the last 100-plus years.
Some of their great players played in the “Dead Ball” era, like Nap Lajoie, who was so popular the team name was changed to the Cleveland Naps, or Tris Speaker, considered one of the best hitters of all time. And many of their greatest players helped them to the last World Series title, in 1948. Led by player-manager Lou Boudreau and pitcher Bob Feller, owner of one of the fastest and most-dominating fastballs in history, the Indians beat the Boston Braves in six games.
Since 1948, the Indians have had several successful seasons that fell just short of the ultimate goal, including the 2016 seasons in which they lost the World Series in extra-innings in the seventh game against the Cubs. One of the biggest keys to that magical AL Pennant-winning season was the Indians’ bullpen, anchored by closer Cody Allen.
You can purchase the cards of each of these players on the Beckett Marketplace: Bob Feller, Sandy Alomar Jr., Jim Thome, Nap Lajoie, Al Rosen, Lou Boudreau, Dale Mitchell, Tris Speaker, Manny Ramirez, Larry Doby and Cody Allen.