The Cleveland Indians were one of the original eight teams in the American League formed in 1901. Since that time, they have had great regular season success, holding an overall .512 winning percentage. That has been fueled by some of the best pitchers in baseball history.
Here's a list of the four greatest pitchers in Indians history.
4. Stan Coveleski
At 12 years old, Stan Coveleski started working in a coal mine for a nickel per hour. He threw rocks at cans in his spare time, but he eventually found his way to the big leagues. By 27, he was Cleveland's ace. He won at least 20 games in four straight seasons and had a career ERA of 2.80 with Cleveland. Although Coveleski did benefit from being allowed to use the spitball well after it was banned, he was still one of the best pitchers of his age.
3. Bob Lemon
Bob Lemon entered the major leagues as a utility outfielder, but it quickly became clear that his real talent was on the mound. Lemon was one of the best pitchers of the late 1940s and early 1950s, making seven All-Star teams and utterly dominating the AL. By 1951, he was the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, but injuries and old age led to a steep decline after 1956.
2. Addie Joss
Addie Joss' nine-year career was filled with remarkable numbers. Joss won 160 games over those years, ending with a career ERA of 1.89 and baseball's best-ever WHIP at 0.968. Joss became a star in Cleveland, adding to his fame by also becoming a sports columnist, covering the World Series for multiple newspapers. Joss tragically died of tuberculosis at age 31 in 1911, but he's still remembered as one of Cleveland's greatest players.
1. Bob Feller
Bob Feller is rightly considered to be one of the greatest players in baseball history. Over 18 years in Cleveland, Feller had a 3.25 ERA over 3,827 innings. Sporting a fastball that was likely between 98-101 MPH, Feller started his reign as the best pitcher in baseball in 1939. He was just as dominant when he returned from three years of military service. Although he declined later in his career, he easily made the Hall of Fame and is Cleveland's all-time leader in strikeouts (2,581), wins (266) and complete games (279).
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