1995 Cleveland Indians
American League Champion
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Owner(s)Richard Jacobs
General manager(s)John Hart
Manager(s)Mike Hargrove
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The 1995 Cleveland Indians season was the Major League Baseball season that led to the Indians returning to the World Series for the first time since 1954. In a season that started late by 18 games – giving it just 144 games – the Indians finished in first place in the American League Central Division with a record of 100 wins and 44 losses. This was the first team in the history of the American League ever to win 100 games in a season that had fewer than 154 games.[1]

The most outstanding pitcher for the Indians was their relief pitcher, José Mesa, who finished second in the voting for the American League's Cy Young Award. Mesa pitched in 62 games; he led the league by being the finishing pitcher in 57 games, and he saved a league-leading 46 games, even though he pitched just exactly 64 innings. Mesa was the winning pitcher in three games, and he lost none. Mesa's earned run average was a microscopic 1.13. Mesa only gave up eight earned runs, one unearned run, and three home runs in the entire regular season.

The most outstanding batter and everyday player for the Indians was their left fielder, Albert Belle, who finished second in the voting for the American League's Most Valuable Player Award. Belle played in 143 of the 144 games, and became the first major leaguer to hit 50 doubles and 50 home runs in a single season. Belle led the league in runs scored (121), runs batted in (126), doubles (52), home runs (50), total bases (377), and slugging percentage (.690). Belle had 173 hits and a batting average of .317.

The second most outstanding batter and everyday player for the Indians was their right fielder, Manny Ramirez. Ramirez played in 137 games, scored 85 runs, batted in 107 runs, hit 26 doubles and 31 home runs, had 149 hits, and batted .308.

On a team that was led by its outfielders in batting, the Indians center fielder Kenny Lofton, playing in just 118 games, also had 149 hits, scored 93 runs, batted .310, and led the American League with 13 triples and 54 stolen bases. This was Lofton's fourth of five consecutive years leading the American League in stolen bases. Lofton also won a Gold Glove in the outfield. Despite Lofton only hitting seven home runs he still finished the shortened season with 53 runs batted in.

The Indians won the Central Division by an overwhelming 30 games over the second-place Kansas City Royals, and they went into the playoffs going strong. In their American League Division Series, the Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox in a three game sweep. Next, in the American League Championship Series, the Indians defeated the Seattle Mariners four games to two. The Indians' starting pitcher, Orel Hershiser, was voted the American League Championship Series' Most Valuable Player.

In the World Series, the Indians faced the Atlanta Braves (champions of the National League for the third time in four years), who had finished the regular season with a 90–54 record, had defeated the Colorado Rockies three games to one in the National League Division Series, and had swept the Cincinnati Reds four games to none in the National League Championship Series. The Braves had the National League's Cy Young Award winner in Greg Maddux, who finished the season with a 19–2 won-loss record and a 1.63 earned run average as a starting pitcher. Maddux also finished in third place in the voting for Most Valuable Player.

The Indians lost the World Series to the Braves by four games to two, with the Braves winning all three games in Atlanta, and the Indians winning two out of three games in Cleveland. The World Series Most Valuable Player was the starting pitcher Tom Glavine of the Braves, who won two games in the Series.

Offseason

Regular season

The Indians led the Majors in nearly every offensive category, including runs scored (840), hits (1,461), home runs (207), runs batted in (803), batting average (.291) and slugging percentage (.479). They also struck out the fewest times (766) of all 28 MLB teams.[6][7] They also had one of the most formidable pitching staffs in the AL, allowing the second-fewest hits (1,261), finishing with the best ERA (3.83), the fewest runs allowed (607), fewest earned runs allowed (554), the most saves (50) and the fewest intentional walks (16).[7]

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 100 44 0.694 54–18 46–26
Kansas City Royals 70 74 0.486 30 35–37 35–37
Chicago White Sox 68 76 0.472 32 38–34 30–42
Milwaukee Brewers 65 79 0.451 35 33–39 32–40
Minnesota Twins 56 88 0.389 44 29–43 27–45

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–9 9–4 6–1 2–10 8–5 4–5 7–5 3–6 6–7 5–7 6–7 4–1 7–6
Boston 9–4 11–3 5–3 6–7 8–5 3–2 8–4 5–4 5–8 8–4 7–5 3–4 8–5
California 4–9 3–11 10–2 3–2 6–2 5–7 5–2 8–5 7–5 6–7 7–6 6–7 8–2
Chicago 1–6 3–5 2–10 5–8 8–4 8–5 6–7 10–3 3–2–1 7–5 4–9 5–7 6–5
Cleveland 10–2 7–6 2–3 8–5 10–3 11–1 9–4 9–4 6–6 7–0 5–4 6–3 10–3
Detroit 5–8 5–8 2–6 4–8 3–10 3–4 8–5 7–5 5–8 2–3 5–5 4–8 7–6
Kansas City 5–4 2–3 7–5 5–8 1–11 4–3 10–2 6–7 3–7 5–8 7–5 8–6 7–5
Milwaukee 5–7 4–8 2–5 7–6 4–9 5–8 2–10 9–4 5–6 7–2 3–2 5–7 7–5
Minnesota 6–3 4–5 5–8 3–10 4–9 5–7 7–6 4–9 3–4 5–7 4–8 5–8 1–4
New York 7–6 8–5 5–7 2–3–1 6–6 8–5 7–3 6–5 4–3 4–9 4–9 6–3 12–1
Oakland 7–5 4–8 7–6 5–7 0–7 3–2 8–5 2–7 7–5 9–4 7–6 5–8 3–7
Seattle 7–6 5–7 6–7 9–4 4–5 5–5 5–7 2–3 8–4 9–4 6–7 10–3 3–4
Texas 1–4 4–3 7–6 7–5 3–6 8–4 6–8 7–5 8–5 3–6 8–5 3–10 9–3
Toronto 6–7 5–8 2–8 5–6 3–10 6–7 5–7 5–7 4–1 1–12 7–3 4–3 3–9


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Indians Win Indians Loss Game Postponed
1995 Regular Season Game Log (100-44) (Home: 54-18; Road: 46-26)
April: 2-2 (Road: 2-2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Streak
1 April 27 @ Rangers 11–6 Martinez (1–0) Gross (0–1) The Ballpark in Arlington 32,161 1–0 W1
2 April 28 @ Rangers 9–10 Whiteside (1–0) Poole (0–1) Russell (1) The Ballpark in Arlington 22,179 1–1 L1
3 April 29 @ Rangers 5–6 Burrows (1–0) Shuey (0–1) The Ballpark in Arlington 28,048 1–2 L2
4 April 30 @ Rangers 7–6 (12) Mesa (1–0) Whiteside (1–1) The Ballpark in Arlington 26,026 2–2 W1
May: 19-7 (Home: 9-3, Road: 10-4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Streak
5 May 2 @ Tigers 11–1 Martinez (2–0) Bergman (0–2) Tiger Stadium 39,398 3–2 W2
6 May 3 @ Tigers 14–7 Clark (1–0) Doherty (0–2) Tiger Stadium 29,996 4–2 W3
7 May 4 @ Tigers 3–4 Wells (1–1) Hershiser (0–1) Henneman (1) Tiger Stadium 28,846 4–3 L1
8 May 5 Twins 5–1 Nagy (1–0) Erickson (0–3) Mesa (1) Jacobs Field 41,434 5–3 W1
9 May 6 Twins 2–5 Radke (1–0) Black (0–1) Aguilera (4) Jacobs Field 37,325 5–4 L1
10 May 7 Twins 10–9 (17) Poole (1–1) Guthrie (1–1) Jacobs Field 39,431 6–4 W1
11 May 8 Royals 6–2 Clark (2–0) Appier (3–1) Grimsley (1) Jacobs Field 26,704 7–4 W2
12 May 9 Royals 10–0 Hershiser (1–1) Linton (0–1) Jacobs Field 27,225 8–4 W3
13 May 10 Royals 3–2 (10) Plunk (1–0) Meacham (1–2) Jacobs Field 27,749 9–4 W4
14 May 12 @ Orioles 3–2 Martinez (3–0) Brown (2–1) Mesa (2) Oriole Park at Camden Yards 40,516 10–4 W5
15 May 13 @ Orioles 1–6 Mussina (2–1) Clark (2–1) Oriole Park at Camden Yards 40,185 10–5 L1
16 May 14 @ Orioles 3–1 Hershiser (2–1) Rhodes (1–2) Mesa (3) Oriole Park at Camden Yards 39,167 11–5 W1
17 May 16 @ Yankees 10–5 Nagy (2–0) Key (1–2) Yankee Stadium 18,246 12–5 W2
May 17 @ Yankees Postponed (rain, makeup August 10)
18 May 18 @ Red Sox 3–4 Belinda (2–0) Poole (1–2) Fenway Park 24,285 12–6 L1
19 May 19 @ Red Sox 9–5 Tavarez (1–0) Ryan (0–1) Fenway Park 23,507 13–6 W1
20 May 20 @ Red Sox 7–5 Plunk (2–0) Pena (1–1) Mesa (4) Fenway Park 29,412 14–6 W2
21 May 21 @ Red Sox 12–10 Assenmacher (1–0) Pierce (0–2) Mesa (5) Fenway Park 32,339 15–6 W3
22 May 22 Brewers 5–7 Bones (3–1) Nagy (2–1) Fetters (2) Jacobs Field 34,464 15–7 L1
23 May 23 Brewers 5–3 Martinez (4–0) Sparks (1–1) Mesa (6) Jacobs Field 35,373 16–7 W1
24 May 24 Brewers 5–7 Rightnowar (1–0) Clark (2–2) Fetters (3) Jacobs Field 29,638 16–8 L1
25 May 26 @ Blue Jays 7–4 Hershiser (3–1) Hentgen (3–2) Mesa (7) Skydome 47,113 17–8 W1
26 May 27 @ Blue Jays 0–3 Leiter (2–2) Plunk (2–1) Hall (3) Skydome 47,143 17–9 L1
27 May 28 @ Blue Jays 5–4 Nagy (3–1) Darwin (1–4) Mesa (8) Skydome 42,365 18–9 W1
28 May 29 White Sox 7–6 Tavarez (2–0) DeLeon (2–1) Mesa (9) Jacobs Field 41,736 19–9 W2
29 May 30 White Sox 2–1 Assenmacher (2–0) Fernandez (2–4) Mesa (10) Jacobs Field 33,038 20–9 W3
30 May 31 White Sox 6–3 Hershiser (4–1) Abbott (2–2) Mesa (11) Jacobs Field 36,771 21–9 W4
June: 20-8 (Home: 12-4, Road: 8-4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Streak
31 June 1 White Sox 7–4 Black (1–1) Bere (1–4) Plunk (1) Jacobs Field 33,260 22–9 W5
32 June 2 Blue Jays 0–5 Leiter (3–2) Nagy (3–2) Timlin (2) Jacobs Field 41,545 22–10 L1
33 June 3 Blue Jays 3–0 Martinez (5–0) Darwin (1–5) Jacobs Field 41,566 23–10 W1
34 June 4 Blue Jays 9–8 Tavarez (3–0) Hall (0–1) Jacobs Field 41,688 24–10 W2
35 June 5 Tigers 8–0 Hershiser (5–1) Bergman (1–4) Jacobs Field 34,615 25–10 W3
36 June 6 Tigers 4–3 Tavarez (4–0) Boever (3–3) Mesa (12) Jacobs Field 36,115 26–10 W4
37 June 7 Tigers 3–2 (10) Plunk (3–0) Maxcy (2–1) Jacobs Field 36,363 27–10 W5
38 June 8 @ Brewers 8–7 Tavarez (5–0) Lloyd (0–5) Mesa (13) County Stadium 17,641 28–10 W6
39 June 9 @ Brewers 7–4 Ogea (1–0) Roberson (1–2) Mesa (14) County Stadium 13,136 29–10 W7
40 June 10 @ Brewers 1–6 Miranda (3–2) Hershiser (5–2) Reyes (1) County Stadium 18,869 29–11 L1
41 June 11 @ Brewers 11–5 Black (2–1) Scanlan (3–4) County Stadium 18,706 30–11 W1
42 June 12 Orioles 4–3 Nagy (4–2) Brown (5–4) Mesa (15) Jacobs Field 41,845 31–11 W2
43 June 13 Orioles 11–0 Martinez (6–0) Mussina (5–4) Jacobs Field 41,927 32–11 W3
44 June 14 Orioles 5–2 Ogea (2–0) Klingenbeck (1–1) Mesa (16) Jacobs Field 41,839 33–11 W4
45 June 16 Yankees 2–4 Wickman (2–1) Poole (1–3) Wetteland (8) Jacobs Field 41,643 33–12 L1
46 June 17 Yankees 7–4 Black (3–1) Pettitte (1–4) Mesa (17) Jacobs Field 41,662 34–12 W1
47 June 18 Yankees 5–9 McDowell (3–4) Nagy (4–3) Wetteland (9) Jacobs Field 41,667 34–13 L1
48 June 19 Red Sox 4–3 (10) Plunk (4–1) Ryan (0–3) Jacobs Field 41,645 35–13 W1
49 June 20 Red Sox 9–2 Ogea (3–0) Eshelman (3–1) Jacobs Field 40,190 36–13 W2
50 June 21 Red Sox 1–3 Hanson (7–1) Hershiser (5–3) Belinda (3) Jacobs Field 41,948 36–14 L1
51 June 23 @ White Sox 5–12 Bere (3–6) Nagy (4–4) Comiskey Park 31,962 36–15 L2
52 June 24 @ White Sox 3–8 Fernandez (3–4) Black (3–2) Comiskey Park 35,028 36–16 L3
53 June 25 @ White Sox 2–3 DeLeon (3–3) Assenmacher (2–1) Radinsky (1) Comiskey Park 27,514 36–17 L4
54 June 26 @ Royals 2–0 Ogea (4–0) Gordon (5–3) Mesa (18) Kauffman Stadium 24,296 37–17 W1
55 June 27 @ Royals 7–1 Clark (3–2) Haney (3–2) Kauffman Stadium 19,510 38–17 W2
56 June 28 @ Royals 5–2 Nagy (5–4) Appier (11–3) Mesa (19) Kauffman Stadium 18,596 39–17 W3
57 June 29 @ Twins 10–5 Black (4–2) Erickson (3–6) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 17,116 40–17 W4
58 June 30 @ Twins 4–1 Martinez (7–0) Trombley (0–3) Mesa (20) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 27,416 41–17 W5
July: 18-9 (Home: 9-4, Road: 9-5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Streak
59 July 1 @ Twins 5–6 Radke (4–7) Ogea (4–1) Aguilera (12) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 18,820 41–18 L1
60 July 2 @ Twins 7–0 Clark (4–2) Harris (0–2) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 16,790 42–18 W1
61 July 3 Rangers 9–1 Nagy (6–4) Rogers (8–4) Jacobs Field 41,713 43–18 W2
62 July 4 Rangers 6–7 McDowell (4–0) Assenmacher (2–2) Whiteside (1) Jacobs Field 41,769 43–19 L1
63 July 5 Rangers 2–0 Martinez (8–0) Gross (3–8) Mesa (21) Jacobs Field 41,881 44–19 W1
64 July 6 Mariners 8–1 Ogea (5–1) Belcher (4–4) Jacobs Field 41,661 45–19 W2
65 July 7 Mariners 3–5 Johnson (9–1) Clark (4–3) Jacobs Field 41,741 45–20 L1
66 July 8 Mariners 7–3 Nagy (7–4) Bosio (6–3) Jacobs Field 41,893 46–20 W1
67 July 9 Mariners 3–9 Torres (3–5) Hershiser (5–4) Jacobs Field 41,897 46–21 L1
July 11 66th All-Star Game National League vs. American League (The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas)
July 13 Athletics Postponed (rain, makeup July 14)
68 July 14 (1) Athletics 1–0 Embree (1–0) Prieto (0–2) Mesa (22) Jacobs Field N/A 47–21 W1
69 July 14 (2) Athletics 7–6 Nagy (8–4) Darling (2–5) Mesa (23) Jacobs Field 41,862 48–21 W2
70 July 15 Athletics 7–2 Hershiser (6–4) Ontiveros (8–4) Plunk (2) Jacobs Field 41,726 49–21 W3
71 July 16 Athletics 5–4 (12) Embree (2–0) Eckersley (2–3) Jacobs Field 41,767 50–21 W4
72 July 17 Angels 3–8 Anderson (3–2) Ogea (5–2) Jacobs Field 41,583 50–22 L1
73 July 18 Angels 7–5 Assenmacher (3–2) Smith (0–3) Jacobs Field 41,763 51–22 W1
74 July 19 @ Rangers 14–5 Nagy (9–4) Gross (4–9) The Ballpark in Arlington 42,928 52–22 W2
75 July 20 @ Rangers 6–3 Hershiser (7–4) Brandenburg (0–1) Mesa (24) The Ballpark in Arlington 28,160 53–22 W3
76 July 21 @ Athletics 6–1 Martinez (9–0) Stottlemyre (8–3) Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 21,158 54–22 W4
77 July 22 @ Athletics 6–4 Tavarez (6–0) Eckersley (2–4) Mesa (25) Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 33,019 55–22 W5
78 July 23 @ Athletics 2–0 Clark (5–3) Prieto (1–3) Mesa (26) Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 26,763 56–22 W6
79 July 24 @ Angels 9–7 (10) Assenmacher (4–2) Smith (0–4) Mesa (27) Anaheim Stadium 30,367 57–22 W7
80 July 25 @ Angels 5–6 Finley (9–7) Hershiser (7–5) Smith (23) Anaheim Stadium 42,268 57–23 L1
81 July 26 @ Angels 3–6 Harkey (5–6) Martinez (9–1) Smith (24) Anaheim Stadium 35,650 57–24 L2
82 July 27 @ Mariners 5–11 Belcher (7–5) Ogea (5–3) Kingdome 20,121 57–25 L3
83 July 28 @ Mariners 6–5 Plunk (5–1) Frey (0–4) Mesa (28) Kingdome 17,609 58–25 W1
84 July 29 @ Mariners 3–5 Bosio (7–5) Embree (2–1) Ayala (16) Kingdome 43,874 58–26 L1
85 July 30 @ Mariners 5–2 Hershiser (8–5) Torres (3–8) Mesa (29) Kingdome 24,089 59–26 W1
August: 21-9 (Home: 14-3, Road: 7-6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Streak
86 August 1 Twins 5–6 Mahomes (1–4) Tavarez (6–1) Stevens (5) Jacobs Field 42,023 59–27 L1
87 August 2 Twins 12–6 Clark (6–3) Harris (0–5) Jacobs Field 41,947 60–27 W1
88 August 3 Twins 6–4 Hill (7–7) Radke (7–10) Mesa (30) Jacobs Field 41,907 61–27 W2
89 August 4 White Sox 13–3 Nagy (10–4) Bere (5–10) Jacobs Field 41,895 62–27 W3
90 August 5 White Sox 11–7 Hershiser (9–5) Fernandez (5–8) Jacobs Field 41,657 63–27 W4
91 August 6 White Sox 1–5 Righetti (3–0) Martinez (9–2) Jacobs Field 41,975 63–28 L1
92 August 8 @ Red Sox 1–5 Wakefield (13–1) Clark (6–4) Fenway Park 34,574 63–29 L2
93 August 9 @ Red Sox 5–9 Hanson (10–4) Plunk (5–2) Fenway Park 34,240 63–30 L3
94 August 10 (1) @ Yankees 10–9 Poole (2–3) Wetteland (1–2) Mesa (31) Yankee Stadium N/A 64–30 W1
95 August 10 (2) @ Yankees 5–2 Ogea (6–3) Hitchcock (5–7) Mesa (32) Yankee Stadium 48,115 65–30 W2
96 August 11 @ Yankees 5–4 (11) Tavarez (7–1) Wetteland (1–3) Mesa (33) Yankee Stadium 33,739 66–30 W3
97 August 12 @ Yankees 2–3 McDowell (10–8) Martinez (9–3) Yankee Stadium 35,795 66–31 L1
98 August 13 @ Yankees 1–4 Cone (13–6) Clark (6–5) Yankee Stadium 45,866 66–32 L2
99 August 14 @ Orioles 9–6 Assenmacher (5–2) Benitez (1–4) Mesa (34) Oriole Park at Camden Yards 47,198 67–32 W1
100 August 15 @ Orioles 3–8 Erickson (8–9) Nagy (10–5) Oriole Park at Camden Yards 46,346 67–33 L1
101 August 16 @ Orioles 8–5 Hershiser (10–5) Brown (5–8) Mesa (35) Oriole Park at Camden Yards 47,140 68–33 W1
102 August 17 Brewers 3–7 McAndrew (1–2) Martinez (9–4) Fetters (19) Jacobs Field 40,505 68–34 L1
103 August 18 Brewers 7–5 Clark (7–5) Bones (7–9) Mesa (36) Jacobs Field 41,752 69–34 W1
104 August 19 Brewers 4–3 Plunk (6–2) Wegman (5–5) Jacobs Field 41,939 70–34 W2
105 August 20 Brewers 8–5 Tavarez (8–1) Sparks (7–7) Mesa (37) Jacobs Field 41,799 71–34 W3
106 August 21 @ Blue Jays 7–3 Hershiser (11–5) Hurtado (5–2) Embree (1) Skydome 39,187 72–34 W4
107 August 22 @ Blue Jays 4–5 Castillo (1–2) Tavarez (8–2) Skydome 39,293 72–35 L1
108 August 23 @ Blue Jays 6–5 Poole (3–3) Carrara (1–3) Mesa (38) Skydome 41,169 73–35 W1
109 August 25 Tigers 6–5 (11) Tavarez (9–2) Lira (8–9) Jacobs Field 41,676 74–35 W2
110 August 26 Tigers 6–2 Nagy (11–5) Moore (5–14) Jacobs Field 41,744 75–35 W3
111 August 27 Tigers 9–2 Hershiser (12–5) Lima (1–6) Jacobs Field 41,616 76–35 W4
112 August 28 Blue Jays 9–1 Ogea (7–3) Carrara (1–4) Jacobs Field 40,283 77–35 W5
113 August 29 Blue Jays 4–1 Clark (8–5) Guzman (3–10) Jacobs Field 41,257 78–35 W6
114 August 30 Blue Jays 4–3 (14) Assenmacher (6–2) Castillo (1–3) Jacobs Field 41,807 79–35 W7
115 August 31 Blue Jays 6–4 (10) Mesa (2–0) Rogers (2–3) Jacobs Field 41,746 80–35 W8
September: 19-9 (Home: 9-4, Road: 10-5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Streak
116 September 1 @ Tigers 14–4 Nagy (12–5) Lima (1–7) Tiger Stadium 16,155 81–35 W9
117 September 2 @ Tigers 2–3 Lira (9–9) Hershiser (12–6) Doherty (4) Tiger Stadium 22,426 81–36 L1
118 September 3 @ Tigers 9–8 (10) Mesa (3–0) Boever (5–7) Tiger Stadium 25,393 82–36 W1
119 September 4 @ Tigers 2–3 Sodowsky (1–0) Clark (8–6) Henry (1) Tiger Stadium 24,987 82–37 L1
120 September 5 @ Brewers 7–3 Martinez (10–4) Sparks (7–8) County Stadium 12,129 83–37 W1
121 September 6 @ Brewers 12–2 Hill (8–7) Givens (5–3) County Stadium 10,042 84–37 W2
122 September 7 Mariners 4–1 Nagy (13–5) Bosio (9–8) Mesa (39) Jacobs Field 41,450 85–37 W3
123 September 8 Orioles 3–2 Hershiser (13–6) Brown (7–9) Mesa (40) Jacobs Field 41,656 86–37 W4
124 September 9 Orioles 2–1 Ogea (8–3) Krivda (2–4) Mesa (41) Jacobs Field 41,729 87–37 W5
125 September 10 Orioles 5–3 Tavarez (10–2) Orosco (2–4) Mesa (42) Jacobs Field 41,647 88–37 W6
126 September 11 Yankees 0–4 McDowell (14–10) Martinez (10–5) Jacobs Field 41,835 88–38 L1
127 September 12 Yankees 2–9 Kamieniecki (5–5) Hill (8–8) Jacobs Field 41,276 88–39 L2
128 September 13 Yankees 5–0 Nagy (14–5) Cone (15–8) Jacobs Field 41,708 89–39 W1
129 September 14 Red Sox 5–3 Hershiser (14–6) Eshelman (5–3) Mesa (43) Jacobs Field 41,812 90–39 W2
130 September 15 Red Sox 3–6 Hanson (14–5) Embree (2–2) Jacobs Field 41,833 90–40 L1
131 September 16 Red Sox 6–5 Clark (9–6) Clemens (8–5) Mesa (44) Jacobs Field 41,765 91–40 W1
132 September 17 Red Sox 6–9 Suppan (1–2) Shuey (0–2) Aguilera (29) Jacobs Field 41,723 91–41 L1
133 September 18 @ White Sox 11–1 Hill (9–8) Alvarez (7–10) Comiskey Park 20,439 92–41 W1
134 September 19 @ White Sox 8–2 Nagy (15–5) Andujar (2–1) Comiskey Park 18,468 93–41 W2
135 September 20 @ White Sox 3–4 Bere (8–13) Roa (0–1) Hernandez (31) Comiskey Park 17,171 93–42 L1
136 September 22 @ Royals 5–3 Hershiser (15–6) Olson (3–3) Mesa (45) Kauffman Stadium 16,562 94–42 W1
137 September 23 @ Royals 7–3 Martinez (11–5) Gubicza (11–14) Kauffman Stadium 23,816 95–42 W2
138 September 24 @ Royals 2–4 Appier (15–9) Clark (9–6) Kauffman Stadium 17,277 95–43 L1
139 September 26 @ Twins 4–13 Trombley (4–8) Nagy (15–6) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 9,825 95–44 L2
140 September 27 @ Twins 9–6 Hill (10–8) Radke (11–14) Mesa (46) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 9,614 96–44 W1
141 September 28 @ Twins 12–4 Martinez (12–5) Rodriguez (5–8) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 9,442 97–44 W2
142 September 29 Royals 9–2 Hershiser (16–6) Appier (15–10) Jacobs Field 41,701 98–44 W3
143 September 30 Royals 3–2 (10) Embree (3–2) Montgomery (2–3) Jacobs Field 41,578 99–44 W4
October: 1-0 (Home: 1-0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Streak
144 October 1 Royals 17–7 Nagy (16–6) Gordon (12–12) Jacobs Field 41,819 100–44 W5

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Tony Peña 91 263 69 .262 5 28
1B Paul Sorrento 104 323 76 .235 25 79
2B Carlos Baerga 135 557 175 .314 15 90
3B Jim Thome 137 452 142 .314 25 73
SS Omar Vizquel 136 542 144 .266 6 56
LF Albert Belle 143 546 173 .317 50 126
CF Kenny Lofton 118 481 149 .310 7 53
RF Manny Ramirez 137 484 149 .308 31 107
DH Eddie Murray 113 436 141 .323 21 82

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Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Sandy Alomar Jr. 66 203 61 .300 10 35
Wayne Kirby 101 188 39 .207 1 14
Herb Perry 52 162 51 .315 3 23
Álvaro Espinoza 66 143 36 .252 2 17
Dave Winfield 46 115 22 .191 2 4
Rubén Amaro Jr. 28 60 12 .200 1 7
Eddie Tucker 17 20 0 .000 0 0
Jesse Levis 12 18 6 .333 0 3
Billy Ripken 8 17 7 .412 2 3
Brian Giles 6 9 5 .556 1 3
Jeromy Burnitz 9 7 4 .571 0 0
David Bell 2 2 0 .000 0 0

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Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dennis Martinez 28 187.0 12 5 3.08 99
Charles Nagy 29 178.0 16 6 4.55 139
Orel Hershiser 26 167.1 16 6 3.87 111
Mark Clark 22 124.2 9 7 5.27 68
Ken Hill 12 74.2 4 1 3.98 48
Bud Black 11 47.1 4 2 6.85 34
Joe Roa 1 6.0 0 1 6.00 0

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Chad Ogea 20 106.1 8 3 3.05 57
Jason Grimsley 15 34.0 0 0 6.09 25
Albie Lopez 6 23.0 0 0 3.13 22

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
José Mesa 62 3 0 46 1.13 58
Julián Tavárez 57 10 2 0 2.44 68
Eric Plunk 56 6 2 2 2.67 71
Paul Assenmacher 47 6 2 0 2.82 40
Jim Poole 42 3 3 0 3.75 41
Alan Embree 23 3 2 1 5.11 23
Dennis Cook 11 0 0 0 6.39 13
Paul Shuey 7 0 2 0 4.26 5
Gregg Olson 3 0 0 0 13.50 0
John Farrell 1 0 0 0 3.86 4

Post season

1995 American League Divisional Playoffs

Main article: 1995 American League Division Series

Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox

Cleveland wins the series, 3-0

Game Score Date
1 Boston 4, Cleveland 5 October 3, 1995
2 Boston 0, Cleveland 4 October 4, 1995
3 Cleveland 8, Boston 2 October 6, 1995

Game 1, October 3

Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Boston 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 11 2
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 10 2
WP: Ken Hill (1-0)   LP: Zane Smith (0-1)
Home runs:
BOS: John Valentin (1), Luis Alicea (1), Tim Naehring
CLE: Albert Belle (1), Tony Peña (1)

Game 2, October 4

Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 4 4 2
WP: Orel Hershiser (1-0)   LP: Erik Hanson (0-1)
Home runs:
BOS: None
CLE: Eddie Murray (1)

Game 3, October 6

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 2 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 8 11 2
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 1
WP: Charles Nagy (1-0)   LP: Tim Wakefield (0-1)
Home runs:
CLE: Jim Thome (1)
BOS: None

1995 American League Championship Series

Main article: 1995 American League Championship Series

Matchups

Game Score Date
1 Cleveland 2, Seattle 3 October 10, 1995
2 Cleveland 5, Seattle 2 October 11, 1995
3 Seattle 5, Cleveland 2 October 13, 1995
4 Seattle 0, Cleveland 7 October 14, 1995
5 Seattle 2, Cleveland 3 October 15, 1995
6 Cleveland 4, Seattle 0 October 17, 1995

Game 1

October 10: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 10 1
Seattle 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 3 7 0
WP: Bob Wolcott (1-0)   LP: Dennis Martínez (0-1)   Sv: Norm Charlton (1)
Home runs:
CLE: Albert Belle (1)
SEA: Mike Blowers (1)

Game 2

October 11: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 5 12 0
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 6 1
WP: Orel Hershiser (1-0)   LP: Tim Belcher (0-1)
Home runs:
CLE: Manny Ramírez (2)
SEA: Ken Griffey Jr. (1), Jay Buhner (1)

Game 3

October 13: Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Seattle 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 9 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 2
WP: Norm Charlton (1-0)   LP: Julián Tavárez (0-1)
Home runs:
SEA: Jay Buhner (2)
CLE: None

Game 4

October 14: Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Cleveland 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 X 7 9 0
WP: Ken Hill (1-0)   LP: Andy Benes (0-1)
Home runs:
SEA: None
CLE: Eddie Murray (1), Jim Thome (1)

Game 5

October 15: Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
Cleveland 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 3 10 4
WP: Orel Hershiser (2-0)   LP: Chris Bosio (0-1)   Sv: José Mesa (1)
Home runs:
SEA: None
CLE: Jim Thome (1)

Game 6

October 17: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 8 0
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
WP: Dennis Martínez (1-1)   LP: Randy Johnson (0-1)
Home runs:
CLE: Carlos Baerga (1)
Home: None

1995 World Series

Main article: 1995 World Series

Game 1

October 21, 1995, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 3 3 2
WP: Greg Maddux (1-0)   LP: Orel Hershiser (0-1)
Home runs:
Away: None
ATL: Fred McGriff (1)

Game 2

October 22, 1995, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 2
Atlanta 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 X 4 8 2
WP: Tom Glavine (1-0)   LP: Dennis Martínez (0-1)   Sv: Mark Wohlers (1)
Home runs:
CLE: Eddie Murray (1)
ATL: Javy López (1)

Game 3

October 24, 1995, at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 6 12 1
Cleveland 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 7 12 2
WP: José Mesa (1-0)   LP: Alejandro Peña (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Fred McGriff (2), Ryan Klesko (1)
Home: None

Game 4

October 25, 1995, at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 5 11 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 6 0
WP: Steve Avery (1-0)   LP: Ken Hill (0-1)   Sv: Pedro Borbón Jr. (1)
Home runs:
ATL: Ryan Klesko (2)
CLE: Albert Belle (1), Manny Ramírez (1)

Game 5

October 26, 1995, at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 7 0
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 X 5 8 1
WP: Orel Hershiser (1-1)   LP: Greg Maddux (1-1)   Sv: José Mesa (1)
Home runs:
ATL: Luis Polonia (1), Ryan Klesko (3)
CLE: Albert Belle (2), Jim Thome (1)

Game 6

October 28, 1995, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 6 0
WP: Tom Glavine (2-0)   LP: Jim Poole (0-1)   Sv: Mark Wohlers (2)
Home runs:
Away: None
ATL: David Justice (1)

Game log

1995 Postseason Game Log
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Recap
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Recap
World Series vs. Atlanta Braves – Braves win series 4–2
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Attendance Record Recap
1 October 21 @ Braves 2–3 Maddux (1–0) Hershiser (0–1) Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 51,876 0–1 L1
2 October 22 @ Braves 3–4 Glavine (1–0) Martínez (0–1) Wohlers (1) Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 51,877 0–2 L2
3 October 24 Braves 7–6 (11) Mesa (1–0) Peña (0–1) Jacobs Field 43,584 1–2 W1
4 October 25 Braves 2–5 Avery (1–0) Hill (0–1) Borbón Jr. (1) Jacobs Field 43,578 1–3 L1
5 October 26 Braves 5–4 Hershiser (1–1) Maddux (1–1) Mesa (1) Jacobs Field 43,595 2–3 W1
6 October 28 @ Braves 0–1 Glavine (2–0) Poole (0–1) Wohlers (2) Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 51,875 2–4 L1
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Indians team member

Award winners

Hershiser became the Most Valuable Player of the 1995 American League Championship Series against the Seattle Mariners, and he is the only player to win the League Championship series Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues.

All-Star Game

Minor league affiliates

Classification level Team League Season article
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League 1995 Buffalo Bisons season
AA Canton–Akron Indians Eastern League 1995 Canton–Akron Indians season
Advanced A Kinston Indians Carolina League
A Columbus RedStixx South Atlantic League
Short Season A Watertown Indians New York–Penn League
Rookie Burlington Indians Appalachian League

References

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.371, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Derek Lilliquist at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Paul Byrd at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Torey Lovullo at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Billy Ripken at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ "1995 Major League Baseball Season Summary".
  7. ^ a b 1995 Major League Baseball Season Summary Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Dave Winfield at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ Paul Assenmacher at Baseball-Reference
  10. ^ a b Bud Black at Baseball-Reference
  11. ^ Casey Candaele at Baseball-Reference
  12. ^ Matt Williams at Baseball-Reference
  13. ^ Todd Frohwirth at Baseball-Reference
  14. ^ Ken Hill at Baseball-Reference
  15. ^ a b 1995 Cleveland Indians Statistics and Roster Baseball-Reference.com

Further reading