Cleveland Indians

From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Cleveland Indians fan.

Don’t wait to make your visit to Cooperstown to take the Hall of Fame Starting Nine challenge, as this program is only available through December 2021.


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Neal Ball: Triple Play Medal

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On July 19, 1909, Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball completed the AL's first unassisted triple play, commemorated by this diamond and pearl medal. Ball's play happened so abruptly that the fans at first did not understand what had happened. However, once the visiting Red Sox began taking the field, the crowd erupted with cheers.

Nap Lajoie: Rare 1933 Goudey Card

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The 1933 Goudey baseball card set featured more than 200 players, but eagle-eyed collectors noticed there was no card #106. In 1934, Goudey produced and mailed special cards of Cleveland great Napoleon Lajoie to appease those fans who had written in to complain, creating a unique story and much sought-after rarity.

Bob Feller: No-Hitter Ball

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On April 16, 1940, Indians pitcher Bob Feller threw this ball during his Opening Day no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox. His 1-0, eight-strikeout victory remains the only Opening Day no-no thrown in major league history.

1948 World Series Championship Ring

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Behind the pitching of Bob Lemon, the Cleveland Indians earned this World Champion ring when they defeated the Boston Braves, four games to two, in the 1948 World Series. The dramatic, diamond-topped theatrical curtain set in onyx distinguishes this ring from others, before or since.

Early Wynn: 300th Win Baseball

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Indians legend Early Wynn pitched this ball on July 13, 1963, against the Kansas City Athletics when he won his 300th career game. The nine-time All-Star played 10 years for Cleveland, winning at least 20 games four times with them in the 1950s.

Frank Robinson: First Black Manager

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Already the first AL team to sign an African-American player, Cleveland made history again when it named Frank Robinson as the majors' first black manager in 1975. A player-manager, Robinson wore this jersey on that historic Opening Day when he smashed a homer to help defeat the Yankees, 5-3.

Joe Charboneau: 45 RPM Record

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In Cleveland's 1980 home opener, rookie Joe Charboneau singled, doubled, and smashed a three-run homer before 61,753 fans. The electric, eccentric outfielder/DH then crafted a stellar one-year-wonder season, batting .289 with 23 homers, posting 87 RBI, earning AL Rookie of the Year honors, and having the single “Go Joe Charboneau” reach No. 3 on the Cleveland charts.

Sandy Alomar: All-Star MVP Bat

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Indians catcher Sandy Alomar used this bat in the 1997 All-Star Game to hit the game-winning home run, a two-run shot to left-center field. With Cleveland hosting that year, Alomar became the first player to win the All-Star Game MVP Award while playing in his home ballpark.

2017 Indians Winning-Streak Base

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Cleveland made 2017 a season to remember when it rampaged to a record-setting 22-game winning streak from August 24 to September 14. Jay Bruce tagged this second base bag after his walk-off double secured that 22nd win.

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