07/11/2006 9:30 AM ET
Indians Hall of Fame returns
Seven players inducted; Al Rosen, Rocky Colavito, Sam McDowell and Herb Score to be inducted in a pregame ceremony Saturday, July 29, at Jacobs Field; Addie Joss, Ray Chapman and Al Lopez to be inducted posthumosly
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced the organization will induct seven former Tribe greats into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 29 prior to the 7:05PM game vs. Seattle at Jacobs Field.
The Class of 2006 entering the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame includes: RAY CHAPMAN, ROCKY COLAVITO, ADDIE JOSS, SAM MCDOWELL, AL ROSEN and HERB SCORE. Rosen, Colavito, McDowell and Score will be in attendance for the ceremony on July 29.
SS Ray Chapman -- 1912-20
Standout shortstop was fatally beaned by pitcher Carl Mays of the Yankees on August 17, 1920 at Polo Grounds in New York. "Chappie" had been Cleveland's starting shortstop since 1913. Batted .300 or better in three of his final four seasons. His 52 steals in 1917 was a club record until 1980. Led club in runs scored three times. Ranks among Tribe All-Time Leaders in steals and triples.
OF Rocky Colavito -- 1955-59, 1965-67
Electrified fans with power bat and strong throwing arm. "The Rock" tied Major League record with four consecutive HRs June 10, 1959 at Baltimore. Hit 300 homers faster than all but four players in the history of baseball. Led A.L. in HRs in 1959 with 42. Led A.L. in RBI with 108 in 1965. Among Tribe All-Time Leaders in home runs and slugging percentage. The three-time American League All-Star was named to the 100th Anniversary Starting Lineup in 2001.
RHP Addie Joss -- 1902-10
Owner of a Perfect Game, tossed on October 2, 1908 in the heat of a pennant race. The 1-0 win against Chicago ranks as one of baseball's all-time top pitching performances. Won 160 games, including two no-hitters. All-Time club leader in ERA (1.89) and shutouts (45), second in winning percentage (.623) and complete games (234). Set club record for ERA (1.16) in 1908. Had four 20-win seasons (1905-1908). Died tragically in 1911 at age 31 of tubercular meningitis. Elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.
MANAGER Al Lopez -- 1951-56
"El Senor" guided Tribe to 1954 American League pennant and five second place finishes to the NY Yankees in six seasons at helm of Indians. Winning percentage of .617 (570-354) is best in club history. Earned 1,140 career wins as manager, among All-Time Major League leaders. Was a standout catcher for 19 seasons, one with the Tribe (1947). Elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
LHP Sam McDowell -- 1961-71
"Sudden Sam" overpowered American League hitters, winning five strikeout titles (1965, '66, '68-'70). Twice topped 300 "Ks"- 325 in 1965 and 304 in 1970. Imposing lefthander ranks second to Bob Feller in club history with 2,159 strikeouts. Among Tribe All-Time Leaders in ERA, shutouts, innings pitched and starts. The six-time American League All-Star had 122 wins with Cleveland and won 20 games for the Tribe in 1970.
3B Al Rosen -- 1947-56
Stellar career was highlighted by American League MVP season in 1953. "Flip" came within one hit of winning 1953 Triple Crown (.336 BA, 43 HR, 145 RBI). Lost batting title that year by .001. Also led A.L. that season in runs and hits (201). Led A.L. in HR (37) in 1950; and RBI (105) in 1952. Five straight 100+ RBI seasons (1950-54). Among Tribe All-Time leaders in HRs and slugging percentage. Four-time A.L. All-Star was hero of 1954 All-Star Game in Cleveland when he hit 2 homers with 5 RBIs. Named to the Indians 100th Anniversary Starting Lineup in 2001.
LHP Herb Score -- 1955-59
Dazzling pitching career, cut short by injury, preceded 30+ years as a beloved voice of Indians Baseball. Left-handed flame-thrower was American League Rookie of the Year in 1955 and 20-game winner in 1956. Led majors in strikeouts both seasons (fanned 245 in '55/263 in '56). Never equaled early success following being hit by a line drive on May 7, 1957. Began broadcasting Indians Baseball on TV in 1964, before moving to radio booth in 1968 where he remained until his retirement after the 1997 season.
CLEVELAND INDIANS HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
OF EARL AVERILL - Inducted 1951
SS LOU BOUDREAU - Inducted 1954
3B BILL BRADLEY - Inducted 1957
P STAN COVELESKI- Inducted 1966
OF LARRY DOBY - Inducted 1966
P BOB FELLER - Inducted 1957
OF ELMER FLICK - Inducted 1963
P MEL HARDER - Inducted 1951
C JIM HEGAN - Inducted 1966
OF JOE JACKSON - Inducted 1951
3B KEN KELTNER - Inducted 1951
2B NAP LAJOIE - Inducted 1951
P BOB LEMON - Inducted 1960
C STEVE O'NEILL - Inducted 1951
P SATCHEL PAIGE - Inducted 1965
SS JOE SEWELL - Inducted 1951
OF TRIS SPEAKER - Inducted 1951
1B HAL TROSKY - Inducted 1951
P EARLY WYNN - Inducted 1972
P CY YOUNG - Inducted 1951
CLEVELAND INDIANS HALL OF FAME
The Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame was established in 1951 to recognize individuals who made a significant impact during their career with the Cleveland Indians. Inductees must have been active in an Indians uniform for at least three seasons and must be retired for one full year. The 2006 induction marks the first time this honor has been granted since the Class of 1972.