Another great player from the good ol’ days Bob Lemon comes in at number four on the countdown of The 10 Greatest Tribe Players of All-Time. Bob Lemon played for the Tribe from 1946 to 1958. Lemon was a seven-time all-star, seven-time 20-game winner, threw one no-hitter, 31 shutouts and more importantly won two games in the 1948 World Series. Like Feller, Lemon also joined the military during WWII.
A key moment in Lemon’s career did not come on the mound, but in the outfield, as he made a spectacular diving catch to preserve Bob Feller’s opening day no-hitter against the White Sox. To this day, it remains the only no-hitter ever thrown on opening day.
In the famed 1954 season, Bob Lemon posted his best season, going 23-7 and won the AL Pitcher of the Year for the third time in his career. The Indians would lose to the Giants in the World Series. Lemon would win 207 games as a pitcher, but he also hit 37 homers. Lemon was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976. Bob Lemon’s number #21 was retired by the Indians in, 1998.
Winning two games in the 1948 World Series
Making a diving stop to help Feller notched his Opening Day No-Hitter