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Celebrating 20 Years

  • Construction begins 1992 Aug. 24, 1992: Construction workers erect the first structural steel beams for the ballpark.
  • Seat installation begins 1993 June 1993: Workers raise the last piece of steel on the ballpark, and seat installation begins.
  • Clinton on hand to open Jacobs Field 1994 Watch Video April 4, 1994: President Bill Clinton throws the ceremonial first pitch before the first game at Jacobs Field. Dennis Martinez throws the first pitch, and Sandy Alomar records the first base hit for the Indians. Wayne Kirby won it with an 11th-inning single.
  • Murray gives new stadium its first round-tripper 1994 Watch Video April 7, 1994: Eddie Murray hits the first home run in ballpark history, a solo shot in the seventh inning off John Cummings.
  • New home quickly becomes a friendly one 1994 May 13-June 19, 1994: The Indians win a franchise-record 18 straight home games.
  • Indians honor Larry Doby 1994 Watch Video July 3, 1994: The Indians retire the No. 14 of Larry Doby, who on July 5, 1947, broke the color barrier in the American League. Doby later was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1998.
  • In second season, a first grand slam 1995 May 9, 1995: Indians first baseman Paul Sorrento hits the first grand slam in stadium history off Kansas City's Doug Linton. Eddie Murray, Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez all scored.
  • Eight-run comeback lifts Indians past Blue Jays 1995 June 4, 1995: Down, 8-0, in the third inning, the Indians rally to defeat Toronto, 9-8, on a two-out, two-run homer by Paul Sorrento in the ninth inning.
  • Seats available, but not for long 1995 June 7, 1995: A crowd of 36,363 watches the Tribe, marking the final non-sellout crowd before the team's streak of 455 consecutive sellouts begins.
  • Record sellout streak begins 1995 June 12, 1995: The Indians' once-Major League record of 455 consecutive sellouts begins with a crowd of 41,845 vs. Baltimore.
  • Ramirez wows Eckersley 1995 Watch Video July 16, 1995: Manny Ramirez hits a game-winning homer off Oakland's Dennis Eckersley on June 16, 1995, prompting Eckersley to famously mouth the word "WOW!"
  • Belle's slam caps comeback vs. Angels 1995 Watch Video July 18, 1995: Albert Belle hits a game-winning grand slam to erase the Angels' two-run lead in the ninth.
  • Indians take division for first time in 41 years 1995 Watch Video Sept. 8, 1995: The Indians clinch their first division title since 1954 with a victory against the Baltimore Orioles. Jose Mesa closes the door to seal the AL Central.
  • Mesa sets team save mark 1995 Sept. 27, 1995: Jose Mesa earns his 46th save to set a new single-season team record that still stands today.
  • Belle becomes first member of 50-50 club 1995 Watch Video Sept. 30, 1995: Albert Belle becomes the first player in Major League history to hit 50 doubles and 50 homers in the same season. He hit his 50th double 13 days earlier and finished the season with 52.
  • Indians run away with Central in record fashion 1995 Oct. 1, 1995: Led by Mike Hargrove, the Indians finish with an MLB record 30-game division lead; the previous record was 27 1/2 games, held by the 1902 Pirates. Charles Nagy wins his 16th game of the season, tying Dennis Martinez for the team lead; Cleveland was one of just four teams in AL history to win 100 or more games without a 20-game winner.
  • Pena helps end postseason win drought 1995 Watch Video Oct. 3, 1995: Tony Pena hits a game-winning homer in the 13th inning in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against Boston, giving the Tribe their first postseason win since Oct. 11, 1948.
  • Hershiser starts ALCS dominance 1995 Oct. 11, 1995: Orel Hershiser allows one run in eight innings for the first of two wins in the American League Championship Series. Hershiser went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA to win ALCS MVP honors.
  • Indians take Game 3 of World Series 1995 Watch Video Oct. 24, 1995: With a 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves, the Indians win their first World Series game since 1948. Eddie Murray singled in Alvaro Espinoza in the bottom of the 11th inning.
  • Lofton sets team steals record 1996 Watch Video April 7, 1996: Kenny Lofton becomes the franchise's all-time leader in stolen bases in a game against Toronto.
  • Belle lifts Indians past Orioles in ALDS 1996 Watch Video Oct. 4, 1996: Albert Belle hits a grand slam off Armando Benitez to break a tie and defeat the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
  • Alomar plays hometown hero in All-Star Game 1997 Watch Video July 8, 1997: Tribe catcher Sandy Alomar hits a home run to help the American League beat the National League, 3-1, in the 68th MLB All-Star Game. Alomar is named the game's MVP.
  • Indians set record for sellouts 1997 Sept. 9, 1997: The Indians set a then-Major League record for consecutive sellouts by selling out the 204th consecutive game at Jacobs Field in a battle with the Orioles.
  • Alomar gets to Rivera to save Indians 1997 Watch Video Oct. 5, 1997: Sandy Alomar homers off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in Game 4 of the Division Series to tie the game and save the Tribe from Postseason elimination.
  • Botched squeeze ends in Indians' favor 1997 Watch Video Oct. 11, 1997: The Tribe secures a 2-1, 12th-inning win in Game 3 of the ALCS when Marquis Grissom steals home after Omar Vizquel misses a suicide-squeeze bunt and O's catcher Lenny Webster drops the ball.
  • Bell hits inside-the-park homer against Big Unit 1998 April 15, 1998: David Bell hits the first inside-the-park-homer in the history of the ballpark off Seattle's Randy Johnson.
  • No Lemon: Indians retire No. 21 1998 Watch Video June 20, 1998: Indians retire Bob Lemon's No. 21. Lemon won 207 games in his career, all with the Indians.
  • Ramirez goes on home run tear 1998 Watch Video Sept. 15-19, 1998: Manny Ramirez hits three homers in one game vs. Toronto on Sept. 15 and ties several Major League records by hitting five home runs over two games (Sept. 15-16), six over three games (Sept. 15-17) and eight over five.
  • Sellout streak reaches 300 1999 April 22, 1999: The Indians record their 300th consecutive sellout vs. Oakland.
  • Indians score mammoth comeback vs. Devil Rays 1999 May 7, 1999: The Indians overcome Tampa Bay leads of 9-1 and 10-2 with 18 runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to defeat the Devil Rays, 20-11. The 31 runs scored are the most combined runs scored in ballpark history.
  • Vizquel's walk-off grand slam downs Tigers 1999 May 23, 1999: Omar Vizquel hits a ninth-inning grand slam off Todd Jones to beat Detroit, 7-4.
  • Thome sets distance mark with long home run 1999 Watch Video July 3, 1999: In the second game of a doubleheader against the Royals, Jim Thome hits the longest homer in ballpark history, a 511-foot bomb to center field in the second inning. The ball hit the fence bordering Eagle Avenue.
  • Ramirez sets club RBI mark 1999 Watch Video Sept. 30, 1999: Manny Ramirez hits a three-run homer to set a new franchise record for RBIs in a single season with 164. Ramirez breaks Hal Trosky's 1936 mark of 162 RBIs.
  • Sellout number keeps climbing 2000 June 11, 2000: The Indians record a 400th consecutive sellout vs. the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Sellout streak concludes with a bang 2001 April 2, 2001: On Opening Day, 42,606 watch the Tribe and Chicago White Sox, marking the 455th and final consecutive sellout at Jacobs Field.
  • Indians retire a number, but not a uniform one 2001 Watch Video April 22, 2001: Indians retire No. 455, "The Fans."
  • Indians celebrate centennial with 100 greatest players 2001 July 21, 2001: The Indians celebrate their 100th season of Major League Baseball by honoring the 100 greatest Indians players.
  • Indians cap 12-run comeback in 11th inning 2001 Watch Video Aug. 5, 2001: The Indians erase Seattle leads of 12-0 and 14-2 to post a 15-14, 11-inning win, becoming only the third team in history -- and the first since 1925 -- to overcome a 12-run deficit and win.
  • Selby's slam downs Sandman 2002 Watch Video July 14, 2002: The Tribe erases a 7-4 Yankees lead with six runs in the ninth inning off Mariano Rivera, the last four coming on Bill Selby's first career grand slam, which ended the game.
  • Thome passes Belle 2002 Sept. 27, 2002: Jim Thome hits a club-record 51st homer, breaking Albert Belle's 1995 mark of 50 home runs. Thome is the club's all-time home run leader with 337.
  • Young Traber makes history 2003 July 8, 2003: Billy Traber becomes the first Indians rookie pitcher since Herb Score (July 30, 1955, at Baltimore) to toss a one-hit shutout.
  • Bard's notable smash 2003 Sept. 20, 2003: Josh Bard's homer vs. Boston is the 1,000th by an Indians player in Jacobs Field history.
  • Six grand slams for Hafner 2006 Aug. 13, 2006: Travis Hafner ties an MLB single-season record by hitting his sixth grand slam of the season. Five of his six slams that year came at home.
  • Kouzmanoff's spectacular debut 2006 Sept. 2, 2006: Kevin Kouzmanoff becomes the 23rd Major Leaguer to hit a homer in his first MLB at-bat. He also becomes the first player to hit a grand slam on the first pitch he sees in the big leagues.
  • Grand slam bonanza 2006 Sept. 25, 2006: Casey Blake hits the club's 14th grand slam of the season to tie the MLB single-season record for grand slams.
  • Division clincher 2007 Sept. 23, 2007: The Indians clinch their first American League Central division title since 2001 with a 6-2 victory over Oakland.
  • The Bug Game 2007 Watch Video Oct. 5, 2007: Known as "The Bug Game," the Indians rally off Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain as a swarm of midges invades the ballpark from Lake Erie. Fausto Carmona (now known as Roberto Hernandez) holds steady to clinch the game.
  • Welcome to Progressive Field 2008 Jan. 11, 2008: Mayfield Heights-based Progressive Insurance purchases the naming rights of the ballpark for 16 years.
  • Unassisted triple play 2008 Watch Video May 12, 2008: Asdrubal Cabrera turns an unassisted triple play, becoming the 14th Major League player to do so.
  • Snow Days 2010 Nov. 15, 2010: The Indians unveil Snow Days, a winter extravaganza featuring sledding, ice skating and more, at the ballpark.
  • In Feller's memory 2011 Watch Video April 1, 2011: Before their home opener, the Indians honor Bob Feller, who passed away in the offseason. The tribute features Bob's widow, Anne Feller, visiting the mound, all Tribe players wearing No. 19, and a Heritage Park addition in Bob's memory.
  • Adams hits 3,000 2011 April 30, 2011: The Tribe and John Adams celebrate the unofficial team drummer's 3,000th game with a new sign in the left-field bleachers and a pregame ceremony.
  • Thome's birthday bash 2011 Watch Video Aug. 27, 2011: Jim Thome celebrates his 41st birthday by hitting a solo home run, his first homer as a member of the Indians since 2002.
  • Hockey at Progressive 2012 Jan. 15, 2012: Ohio State and Michigan play a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at Progressive Field, the first of its kind at the ballpark.
  • Sweet 16 on Opening Day 2012 Watch Video April 5, 2012: The Indians and Blue Jays play the longest Opening Day game in Major League history, which lasts 16 innings.
  • Doby gets his Way 2012 July 5, 2012: The Indians rename a portion of Eagle Avenue that runs behind Progressive Field's left-field bleachers "Larry Doby Way."
  • Francona joins the Tribe 2012 Watch Video Oct. 6, 2012: Two-time World Series-winning manager Terry Francona becomes the 42nd manager in Indians history.
  • Masterson of the house 2013 Watch Video April 12, 2013: Justin Masterson records his first shutout of the season, a 1-0 victory over the White Sox, en route to becoming only the fifth pitcher in the last 19 seasons to log three shutouts and 10 wins before the All-Star Game.
  • Dethroning King Felix 2013 Watch Video May 19, 2013: The Indians defeat Seattle's Felix Hernandez, becoming the first team in Major League history to defeat seven former Cy Young winners before June.
  • Gomes gets it done 2013 Watch Video May 20, 2013: Yan Gomes' three-run homer in the 10th inning gives the Tribe a 10-8 win in a Monday matinee -- the team's third walk-off win of a four-game series vs. the Mariners. The Indians were 49-30 in 2013 with Gomes was the starting catcher.
  • Welcome to Cleveland, Frazier! 2013 Watch Video June 15, 2013: First-round pick Clint Frazier is welcomed to Cleveland for BP by a bunch of grown men wearing red wigs to razz him a little. He took it all in stride, looked good in BP and began his pro career soon thereafter!
  • Four balls for Van Niel 2013 Watch Video July 14, 2013: Indians season-ticket holder Greg Van Niel catches four foul balls in one game.
  • Giambi sets walk-off record 2013 Watch Video July 29, 2013: Jason Giambi hits a walk-off homer, becoming the oldest player in Major League history to hit a walk-off blast.
  • Brazil vs. Brazil 2013 July 30, 2013: Yan Gomes squares off with White Sox pitcher Andre Rienzo at Progressive Field -- the first time two Brazilian players faced each other in the Major Leagues.
  • Walk-off city 2013 Watch Video July 26-31, 2013: Ryan Raburn, Jason Giambi and Carlos Santana wreak havoc on visiting teams at Progressive Field by pounding three walk-off wins in a span of just five days. The Indians had 11 walk-off wins in the 2014 season.
  • Adams drums up a hit 2013 Watch Video Aug. 24, 2013: John Adams celebrates his 40th anniversary with the team with a ceremonial "first hit" and pregame celebration.
  • The Rally Chicken 2013 Watch Video Sept. 4, 2013: To keep the clubhouse loose and poke a little fun at teammate Cody Allen -- known as "Chicken Al" -- Justin Masterson and Rich Hill bring a new friend to the ballpark. The friend affectionately becomes known as The Rally Chicken.
  • Giambi does it again 2013 Watch Video Sept. 24, 2013: Jason Giambi sets a new record as the oldest player in MLB history to hit a walk-off homer, again off the White Sox.
  • Ten for the end 2013 Watch Video Sept. 29, 2013: The Tribe ends the season on a 10-game winning streak, becoming the sixth team in the modern era to finish with at least 10 straight wins.
  • Playoffs at Progressive 2013 Oct. 2, 2013: Cleveland hosts a historic American League Wild Card game, as the Indians fall to the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0, in front of 43,579 fans.
  • Recognizing Francona 2013 Watch Video Nov. 12, 2013: For the first time in his 13-season managerial career, Indians manager Terry Francona receives first-place votes in AL Manager of the Year balloting and wins the award.