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.
Birthplace: Van Meter, Iowa, United States of America
Birthplace: Hubbard, Texas
Birthplace: Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Birthplace: Camden, South Carolina
Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, United States of America
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
Birthplace: South Carolina
Birthplace: Salinas, Puerto Rico
Birthplace: San Bernardino, California, United States of America
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America
Birthplace: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Birthplace: Hartford, Alabama
Birthplace: Williamston, North Carolina
Birthplace: Baní, Dominican Republic
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America
Birthplace: Snohomish, Washington
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas