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The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time

Updated April 24, 2020 27.4k votes 2.1k voters 50.0k 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 Feller1
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    Bob Feller

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceVan Meter, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Tris Speaker2
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    116

    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceHubbard, Texas

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    #415 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#13 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

  • Nap Lajoie3
    455
    139

    Nap Lajoie

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island

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    #328 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#3 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

  • Larry Doby4
    405
    97

    Larry Doby

    Manager, Outfielder

    BirthplaceCamden, South Carolina

  • Francisco Lindor5
    440
    105

    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

  • Lou Boudreau6
    377
    111

    Lou Boudreau

    Manager, Shortstop

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

  • Jim Thome7
    618
    256

    Jim Thome

    First baseman

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

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    #99 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time#35 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

  • Rocky Colavito8
    339
    74

    Rocky Colavito

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

  • Omar Vizquel9
    513
    210

    Omar Vizquel

    Left fielder, Infielder

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

  • Manny Ramírez10
    400
    149

    Manny Ramírez

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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  • Shoeless Joe Jackson11
    372
    104

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

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  • Kenny Lofton12
    486
    217

    Kenny Lofton

    Center fielder

    BirthplaceEast Chicago, Indiana, United States of America

  • Corey Kluber13
    390
    121

    Corey Kluber

    Starting Pitcher

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

  • Bob Lemon14
    320
    131

    Bob Lemon

    Manager, Pitcher

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California, United States of America

  • Sandy Alomar, Jr.15
    342
    153

    BirthplaceSalinas, Puerto Rico

  • Roberto Alomar16
    263
    115

    Roberto Alomar

    Second baseman

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

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  • Satchel Paige17
    343
    33

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

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    #24 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time#4 of 73 The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time

  • Albert Belle18
    352
    177

    Albert Belle

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, USA

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    #87 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#97 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

  • Gaylord Perry19
    224
    99

    BirthplaceWilliamston, North Carolina

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  • Al Rosen20
    234
    78

    Al Rosen

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSpartanburg, South Carolina

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    #4 of 64 The Greatest Jewish Players In MLB History#24 of 71 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time

  • Early Wynn21
    228
    114

    Early Wynn

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceHartford, Alabama

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  • Earl Averill22
    167
    84

    Earl Averill

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceSnohomish, Washington

  • CC Sabathia23
    242
    164

    BirthplaceVallejo, California, United States of America

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  • Carlos Santana24
    173
    97

    Carlos Santana

    First baseman / Catcher / Third baseman

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • Frank Robinson25
    136
    76

    Frank Robinson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceBeaumont, Texas

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