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The Top 10 Cleveland Indians of All Time

The Top 10 Cleveland Indians of all time!
Publish Date: 07/13/2023
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
circa 1935: American baseball pitcher Bob Feller, of the Cleveland Indians, making a face as he winds up for a pitch. (Photo by Photo File/Getty Images)

Today, we will look at the top 10 Cleveland Indians of all time, and active players are not eligible.

10) Andre Thornton

Andre Thornton was always a fan favorite in Cleveland. Thornton played 10 years with the Indians, hitting 214 homers and 749 RBI in 1,225 games. He was a two-time All-Star, hitting 33 homers, 105 RBI in 1978.

Video: Spotlight: Andre Thornton

Spotlight: Andre Thornton

9) Albert Belle

Belle still had the Indians mark for homers in a season with 50 in 1995. Belle was an aggressive player, and he played with a chip on his shoulder that fans admired.

Video: MLB Albert Belle: Every Postseason Home Run

MLB Albert Belle: Every Postseason Home Run

8) Jim Thome

Thome leads the franchise all-time with 337 homers, he left after the 2002 season, and many fans still hold that against him. However, Thome did return to play his final 22 games as an Indian, and in those 22 games, the fans showed that, for the most part, the ill will was gone.

Video: Jim Thome's Top Plays as a member of the Indians

Jim Thome’s Top Plays as a member of the Indians

7) Kenny Lofton

Lofton played for the Indians from 1992 to 1996, again from 1998 to 2000, and one last time in 2007. He’s the club’s all-time steals leader and led the Indian’s resurgence into a contender in the 1990s.

Video: Kenny Lofton's Top Plays as a member of the Indians

Kenny Lofton’s Top Plays as a member of the Indians

6) Bob Lemon

Lemon was one of the greatest pitchers of his era, and he won 20 games seven times in his career, had a no-hitter, 31 shutouts, and went 207-128 with 22 saves in 460 games. In addition, he won two games in the 1948 World Series. He also hit 37 homers in his career.

Video: 1954 World Series Game 1: Indians vs Giants

1954 World Series Game 1: Indians vs Giants

5) Manny Ramirez

Manny was dominant at the plate for the Indians, hitting 236 homers and 804 RBI in 967 games. Ramirez also put up a team-record 165 RBI in 1999 when he hit .333 with career-highs of 44 homers and 131 runs.

Video: 1995 WS Gm4: Manny hits first World Series homer

1995 WS Gm4: Manny hits first World Series homer

4) Omar Vizquel

Vizquel won the Gold Glove all seven years in Cleveland and eight years in a row. Two-time All-Star (1998-99) had the best season in ’99 when he had career highs of 112 runs, 66 RBI, and .333 average. Has 26 runs in 52 post-season games. His .982 career fielding percentage is the highest in MLB history among shortstops.

Video: Omar Vizquel's Top Plays as a member of the Indians

Omar Vizquel’s Top Plays as a member of the Indians

3) Larry Doby

Doby played for the Indians from 1947 to 1955 and led the American League in home runs (32) and runs (104) in 1952 and homers (32) and RBI (126) in 1954. His homer won Game 4 of the 1948 World Series. In addition, Doby made 7 all-star games and broke the color barrier in the American League.

Video: Larry Doby: More Than Second

Larry Doby: More Than Second

2) Lou Boudreaux

Boudreaux was a seven-time All-Star, and he won the batting title in 1944, hitting .327. He followed that up in 1948 with the MVP award, hitting .355 with 18 homers and 106 RBI. He went 728-649 as player-manager (1942-50), winning the 1948 World Championship, and his number five is retired. This ranking is based on what he did as a player and manager combined.

Video: Covering All The Bases- Lou Boudreau Documentary

Covering All The Bases- Lou Boudreau Documentary

1) Bob Feller

Feller was as good as anybody that ever pitched in the Major Leagues. In 18 seasons, Feller went 266-162 for the Indians, with three no-hitters, 12 one-hitters, and 44 shutouts. Eight-time All-Star holds club records for wins (266), strikeouts (2,581), innings (3,827), and walks (1,764) despite missing over three years due to World War II.

Video: High-Kicking Pitching Legend 'Bullet Bob' Feller

High-Kicking Pitching Legend ‘Bullet Bob’ Feller

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