[With the Indians’ recent struggles, let’s look at a few positives from the past.]
Here are some of the important, interesting, or just plain strange events that occurred this week in Tribe history.
September 14, 1955
Facing the Washington Senators, Herb Score continued his stellar rookie campaign. Although Score pitched a solid 6 1/3 innings, he picked up a no-decision in the Indians’ victory. However, he struck out nine Senators to break the major league record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie pitcher, surpassing the Phillies’ Grover Cleveland Alexander’s 227 strikeouts back in 1911.
Score ended the 1955 season with 245 strikeouts, leading both the American and National Leagues. He finished with a record of 16-10 and an ERA of 2.85. These numbers netted him The Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year Award. His record lasted until 1984 when the young Mets hurler Dwight Gooden struck out 276 hitters to break the record. Although he no longer has the MLB record, Score’s 245 strikeouts still stand as the American League mark for rookie pitchers.
September 16, 1987
After coming one home run and one steal short the season before, Joe Carter became the first member of the 30/30 club for the Tribe. Facing Seattle Mariner starter Mike Campbell, Carter singled a pitch to left. With outfielder Mel Hall in the batter’s box, Carter raced to second to pick up his 30th steal of the season.
He picked up his 30th (and 31st) home run 11 days earlier during the Tribe’s 15-2 trouncing of the Boston Red Sox. Carter ended the season with 32 home runs and 31 steals.
Since Carter reached the 30/30 club in 1987, two more members of the Indians have gained membership. Grady Sizemore (33 home runs and 38 steals) managed to do so in 2008, while Jose Ramirez (39 home runs and 34 steals) accomplished the feat in 2018.
September 18, 1908
Wooster native Bob “Dusty” Rhoads tossed the first no-hitter in Cleveland Naps (later Indians) history, defeating the Boston Red Sox, 2-1. Rhoads was not overpowering in this outing, only striking out two while adding two walks. A wild pitch let in the only run (unearned) for the Red Sox and he hit a batter with a pitch. However, he did just enough all game to prevent the Red Sox from getting that elusive hit. Rhoads ended the season with a mark of 18-12 and an ERA of 1.77.
Interestingly enough, Naps starter Addie Joss threw a perfect game just two weeks later.