Cleveland Indians Opening Day memorable moments

CLEVELAND - As the Cleveland Indians embark on their 20th consecutive Opening Day sellout at Progressive Field, here's a look back at some of the most memorable Opening Day moments for the Tribe.

- April 24, 1901: (in Chicago), Cleveland (then known as the Cleveland Blues) are defeated by the White Sox 8-2 in the first game of the new major league, the American League.

- July 31, 1932: Indians legend Mel Harder, pitches the Opening Game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. This was not the first game of the season, but the first at the stadium. Previous games that year were played at Cleveland's League Park. The Indians did not play most of their games at Cleveland Municipal Stadium until 1940.

- April 16, 1940: (Chicago's Comiskey Park): Indians great Bob Feller pitches a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox 1-0. It remains the only Opening Day no-hitter and is considered one of the greatest feats to happen on Opening Day.

- April 19, 1960: (Cleveland Municipal Stadium) - The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians played 15 innings tying the record for the longest Opening-Day game.

- April 8, 1975: (Cleveland Municipal Stadium): The Cleveland Indians defeat the New York Yankees 5-3 on Opening Day as Frank Robinson becomes the first African-American manager in baseball history. Frank Robinson, who is a player-manager, also homers in his first at bat as the Indians DH.

- April 5, 1993: The last opening day at Cleveland Municipal Stadium:
Bob Feller throws out the first pitch and the Indians wear a patch on their jersey sleeves to remember teammates Steve Olin and Tim Crews who were killed in a boating accident weeks before Opening Day while at Spring Training in Winterhaven, Florida.

- April 4, 1994: The first opening day at Jacob's Field. President Bill Clinton throws out the first pitch. The Indians win the game in extra innings.

- April 6, 2007: An Opening Day snow storm makes national headlines as ground crews worked relentlessly to clear the outfield of the quickly accumulating snow using leaf blowers. The Indians, facing the Seattle Mariners managed by former Tribe manager Mike Hargrove are one pitch away from completing a win when umpires call the game for weather. The series against the Mariners was eventually postponed and the Tribe's next home series against the Angels was moved to Milwaukee's Miller Park.

- April 1, 2011: The Indians get off to a rough start, trailing 14-0, but make a late surge and end up losing a close one to the Chicago White Sox 15-10. Indians fans got a glimpse of better things to come in the near future, as the young team's tendency for late inning magic would eventually bring them to a surprising second place finish in the AL Central in 2011, finishing with a 80-82 record.

- April 5. 2012: The Indians fall to the Toronto Blue Jays in what became the longest opening-day game in major league history. J.P. Arencibia's three-run homer in the 16th inning sent the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the Indians after a marathon 5 hour and 14 min. game. The previous longest openers included 15 innings between Cleveland and Detroit in 1960 and 15 innings between Philadelphia and Washington in 1926.

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