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The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time

Updated April 24, 2020 27.6k votes 2.1k voters 48.9k 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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  • 1
    Bob Feller
    757
    143

    Bob Feller

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceVan Meter, Iowa, United States of America

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  • 2
    Tris Speaker
    450
    117

    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceHubbard, Texas

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    #17 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#5 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

  • 3
    Nap Lajoie
    453
    141

    Nap Lajoie

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island

  • 4
    Larry Doby
    404
    98

    Larry Doby

    Manager, Outfielder

    BirthplaceCamden, South Carolina

  • 5
    Francisco Lindor
    441
    98

    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

  • 6
    Rocky Colavito
    335
    73

    Rocky Colavito

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

  • 7
    Lou Boudreau
    373
    109

    Lou Boudreau

    Manager, Shortstop

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

  • 8
    Jim Thome
    611
    264

    Jim Thome

    First baseman

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

  • 9
    Manny Ramírez
    404
    150

    Manny Ramírez

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • 10
    Omar Vizquel
    513
    214

    Omar Vizquel

    Left fielder, Infielder

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

  • 11
    Shoeless Joe Jackson
    377
    105

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

  • 12
    Kenny Lofton
    489
    220

    Kenny Lofton

    Center fielder

    BirthplaceEast Chicago, Indiana, United States of America

  • 13
    Corey Kluber
    396
    122

    Corey Kluber

    Starting Pitcher

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

  • 14
    Bob Lemon
    319
    134

    Bob Lemon

    Manager, Pitcher

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California, United States of America

  • 15
    Sandy Alomar, Jr.
    341
    155

    BirthplaceSalinas, Puerto Rico

  • 16
    Roberto Alomar
    264
    117

    Roberto Alomar

    Second baseman

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

  • 17
    Satchel Paige
    338
    33

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

  • 18
    Albert Belle
    356
    176

    Albert Belle

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, USA

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  • 19
    Gaylord Perry
    226
    101

    BirthplaceWilliamston, North Carolina

  • 20
    Al Rosen
    232
    78

    Al Rosen

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSpartanburg, South Carolina

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  • 21
    Early Wynn
    224
    112

    Early Wynn

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceHartford, Alabama

  • 22
    CC Sabathia
    246
    164

    BirthplaceVallejo, California, United States of America

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  • 23
    Earl Averill
    168
    83

    Earl Averill

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceSnohomish, Washington

  • 24
    Frank Robinson
    131
    77

    Frank Robinson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceBeaumont, Texas

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    #19 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#424 of 580 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • 25
    Carlos Santana
    174
    95

    Carlos Santana

    First baseman / Catcher / Third baseman

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic