The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team. They are based in Cleveland, Ohio. The team was established in 1894. The Indians play a part in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. The Cleveland Indians got its current name in 1915 and their past names are Cleveland Naps (1903–1914), Cleveland Broncos (1902), Cleveland Bluebirds (1901), Cleveland Lake Shores (1900), and Grand Rapids Rustlers (1894–1899). The nicknames of the team are The Tribe and The Wahoos.
The present Ballpark of the franchise is Progressive Field and it is their home ground since 1994. The capacity of Progressive Field is 35,225. Their previous Ballparks were Cleveland Stadium (1932–1933, 1936–1993), nights and weekends only from 1934–1946 and League Park (1901–1932, 1934–1946). Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona is their spring training facility. The team is owned by Larry Dolan, Paul Dolan (controlling owner/Chairman/CEO), and Matt Dolan (part owner). The Manager of the franchise is Terry Francona and the General Manager is Mike Chernoff.
From its founding to the present, Cleveland baseball has been acknowledged and known vastly by their great players, title winnings, and great moments. The memories that the team have created, the great and unforgettable games that they played, the records that their players and the team itself put up, and the long and remarkable history of the Cleveland Indians have offered them a strong fan base. The mascot of the franchise is Slider. The Cleveland Indians franchise has an affluent history in baseball and the American sporting milieu.
Major league titles that the team won so far include World Series titles 2 times (1920 1948), American League Pennants 6 times (1920 1948 1954 1995 1997 2016), Central Division titles 8 times (1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2001 2007 2016) and Wild card berths 1 time (2013). At the conclusion of the 2016 season, they had a regular season franchise record of 9,191–8,837 (.510). The franchise home ground is one of the oldest existing ballpark in the World.
The Cleveland Indians once held MLB’s longest sellout streak. From 1995 to 2001, tickets to Indians home games were sold out for a successive 455 times one after the other. The record was bettered by the Boston Red Sox who went on to put an amazing record with a 794 sellout streak from 2008 to 2013. The Cleveland Indians have produced a lot of greatest players in baseball history and numerous talented players have put on the uniform of the team.
From the team's beginning, the franchise somehow have managed to create great players such as Napoleon Lajoie, Johnny Allen, Roberto Alomar, Sandy Alomar, Max Alvis, Earl Averill, Bob Avila, Joe Azcue, Gary Bell, Stan Coveleski, Joe Gordon, Jack Graney, Ken Keltner, Duane Kuiper, Nap Lajoie, Bob Lemon, Kenny Lofton, Rick Manning, Jose Mesa, Minnie Minoso, Dale Mitchell, Guy Morton, Don Mossi, Charles Nagy, Ray Narleski, Satchel Paige, Tris Speaker, Pat Tabler, Jim Thome, Andre Thornton, Luis Tiant, Hal Trosky, Terry Turner, George Uhle, Omar Vizquel, Joe Vosmik, Leon Wagner, Rick Waits, Bill Wambsganss, and Early Wynn.