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Getting to know the Indians

Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:32 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:33 pm

Shin-Soo ChooMVP

Shin-Soo Choo has quietly become one of the best players in the game. He's also shown to be quite good under pressure. Facing the possibility of mandated military service for his native South Korea, Choo led his country to gold at the Asian games in November, hitting .571 with three homers and 11 RBI, two steals and five walks in the five-game tournament. With the gold, he and his teammates were exempted from the military service. While it can be tough to play at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park, that's nothing compared to having his career on the line for five games.

PLAYER ORACLE -- Ray Chapman to Matt LaPorta

Ray Chapman played with George Uhle for the 1920 Cleveland Indians

George Uhle played with Bob Feller for the 1936 Cleveland Indians

Bob Feller played with Minnie Minoso for the 1951 Cleveland Indians

Minnie Minoso played with Harold Baines for the 1980 Chicago White Sox

Harold Baines played with Russell Branyan for the 1999 Cleveland Indians

Russell Branyan played with Matt LaPorta for the 2010 Cleveland Indians


The Indians, of course, are the subject of one of my all-time favorite movies, Major League. However, that's just too easy for this space. I assumed a franchise as old and storied as the Indians would have something else. So I searched and found this jewel -- did you know that Abbott and Costello's famous "Who's on First" routine  was preceded by this "Bob Feller" exchange on the team's June 18, 1947, radio show.

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