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The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time

Updated April 24, 2020 27.8k votes 2.1k voters 49.5k views177 items

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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
    763
    144

    Bob Feller

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceVan Meter, Iowa, United States of America

  • Tris Speaker2
    456
    117

    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceHubbard, Texas

  • Nap Lajoie3
    461
    141

    Nap Lajoie

    Second baseman

    BirthplaceWoonsocket, Rhode Island

  • Larry Doby4
    410
    98

    Larry Doby

    Manager, Outfielder

    BirthplaceCamden, South Carolina

  • Francisco Lindor5
    445
    101

    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

  • Rocky Colavito6
    342
    74

    Rocky Colavito

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

  • Lou Boudreau7
    379
    111

    Lou Boudreau

    Manager, Shortstop

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

  • Jim Thome8
    621
    264

    Jim Thome

    First baseman

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

  • Manny Ramírez9
    405
    153

    Manny Ramírez

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    #81 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#437 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Omar Vizquel10
    516
    217

    Omar Vizquel

    Left fielder, Infielder

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

  • Shoeless Joe Jackson11
    378
    105

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

  • Kenny Lofton12
    494
    222

    Kenny Lofton

    Center fielder

    BirthplaceEast Chicago, Indiana, United States of America

  • Corey Kluber13
    398
    124

    Corey Kluber

    Starting Pitcher

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

  • Bob Lemon14
    325
    134

    Bob Lemon

    Manager, Pitcher

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California, United States of America

  • Sandy Alomar, Jr.15
    344
    158

    BirthplaceSalinas, Puerto Rico

  • Roberto Alomar16
    264
    118

    Roberto Alomar

    Second baseman

    BirthplacePonce, Puerto Rico

  • Satchel Paige17
    341
    34

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

  • Albert Belle18
    358
    179

    Albert Belle

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, USA

  • Al Rosen19
    240
    78

    Al Rosen

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceSpartanburg, South Carolina

  • Gaylord Perry20
    227
    101

    BirthplaceWilliamston, North Carolina

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    #21 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#43 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

  • Early Wynn21
    231
    113

    Early Wynn

    Pitcher

    BirthplaceHartford, Alabama

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    #82 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans#257 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

  • CC Sabathia22
    247
    166

    BirthplaceVallejo, California, United States of America

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    #23 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#143 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players

  • Earl Averill23
    171
    84

    Earl Averill

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    BirthplaceSnohomish, Washington

  • Frank Robinson24
    133
    77

    Frank Robinson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceBeaumont, Texas

  • Carlos Santana25
    175
    97

    Carlos Santana

    First baseman / Catcher / Third baseman

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic