Cleveland Indians by Marty Gitlin

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Lee finished 22–3 to become the team’s first 20-game winner since Gaylord Perry in 1974. 54 ERA that season and was chosen as the AL Cy Young Award winner. 45 GLOSSARY attendance passionate The number of fans at a game or the total number of fans attending games in a season. Feeling very strongly and intensely about something. payroll berth A place, spot, or position, such as in the baseball playoffs. The total amount paid to all the players on the team. pennant bolster To build up, make stronger.

The speedy Lofton scored ton Red Sox in the first round all the way from second base. of the 1995 playoffs. Cleveland Baerga followed with a homer. THE RETURN OF WINNING BASEBALL 29 Kenny Lofton, right , celebrates with teammates after the Indians defeated the Mariners 4–0 in Game 6 to clinch the 1995 ALCS. Cleveland was on its way to the from 1979 to 1985. He appreci- World Series for the first time ated their joy after the clinching in 41 years. win over the Mariners. “I think Manager Mike Hargrove that the people of Cleveland had known of the fans’ misery have suffered long enough,” he while he was an Indians player said.

Major sports title since the “The Indians be Browns won the Super Bowl in defeated but they are not los- 1964, hope often fades away. ers, having given themselves In this era of high-priced free and their fans something in agents, Dolan felt that he could short is not afford to keep his best play- hope,” wrote Howard Bryant of ers. com. 2008. Martinez and Lee, a left- supply—and may that hander who emerged to win a Busts or Bonanzas? Only time would tell whether the Indians would reap benefits from the unpopular trades of star catcher Victor Martinez and Cy Young Award Awa d winners CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee.

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