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The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time

Updated April 24, 2020 27.3k votes 2.1k voters 50.5k views177 items

List RulesPlease rank the players based only on their time with the Cleveland Indians.

This is a list of the greatest Cleveland Indians in team history, whether top Indians pitchers or top hitters. One of the American League's charter franchises, the Cleveland Indians have one of the most star-crossed history in the big leagues. From the team's beginnings, it somehow hasn't managed to win as many championships as its talent level would dictate. Whenever they had terrific pitching, somehow the hitting was slacking and vice versa. The Indians have won two World Series titles with the last one coming in 1948. After a World Series defeat to the New York Giants in 1954, the Indians didn't sniff the playoffs until the early '90s. The years in between were marked by futility and poor play.

Hall of Famer Bob Feller is considered one of the greatest Cleveland Indians ever, but Major League Baseball history as well. Feller won the American League pitching triple crown in 1940 after leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He played a key role in the 1948 championship team and remains the Indians leader in wins and strikeouts. More recently, the Indians have homegrown some of the greatest current players like C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee both getting their start in the big leagues with the Indians.

The 1990s saw a renaissance in Indians baseball. Led by some of the top Indians players ever like Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Jim Thome, the Indians went to two World Series and went to the playoffs almost every year from 1995-2001 (2000 was the exception). These players are considered some of the best sluggers in Indians history. 

This is the list of the greatest players in Cleveland Indians history. If a player is missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank this list according to how you see fit.

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    Bob Feller

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceVan Meter, Iowa, United States of America

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    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceHubbard, Texas

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    #14 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#2 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time

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    Nap Lajoie

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island

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    Larry Doby

    Manager, Outfielder

    BirthplaceCamden, South Carolina

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    Rocky Colavito

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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    Lou Boudreau

    Manager, Shortstop

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

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    Jim Thome

    First baseman

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

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    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

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    Omar Vizquel

    Left fielder, Infielder

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

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    Manny Ramírez

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

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    Kenny Lofton

    Center fielder

    BirthplaceEast Chicago, Indiana, United States of America

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    Corey Kluber

    Starting Pitcher

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

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    Bob Lemon

    Manager, Pitcher

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California, United States of America

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    BirthplaceSalinas, Puerto Rico

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    Roberto Alomar

    Second baseman

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

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    Albert Belle

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

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    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

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    Al Rosen

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSpartanburg, South Carolina

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    BirthplaceWilliamston, North Carolina

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    Early Wynn

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceHartford, Alabama

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    Earl Averill

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceSnohomish, Washington

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    BirthplaceVallejo, California, United States of America

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    Frank Robinson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceBeaumont, Texas

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    Carlos Santana

    First baseman / Catcher / Third baseman

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic