CLEVELAND – The Indians made some extraordinary runs in the 1990s and 2010s. The club has two world championships, six American League pennants and 10 AL Central division titles. So, what seasons stand out as the best? Let’s take a look:
It’s not one of the two years the Tribe ended with a World Series victory, but it was a season that still holds a record today. No other team has posted a higher winning percentage (.721) than the Indians did in ’54. It was a team led by Larry Doby, Al Rosen, Bobby Avila, Bob Lemon and Bob Feller. After Cleveland secured the AL pennant, besting the Yankees’ 103-win season, the club was swept in the World Series by the Giants. But that certainly doesn’t take away from the regular-season efforts.
Forty years had gone by since the Indians last clinched a postseason berth. It was their second 100-win season at the time (they now have three) in franchise history, along with 1954. The club also posted its second-best winning percentage (.694) that season, trailing just the ’54 team. The Tribe finally got a taste of playoff baseball once again and made it all the way to Game 6 of the World Series before falling just short of its ultimate goal to the Braves.
It’s impossible for this list to be complete without the first championship season. Players like Tris Speaker (who was also the manager) and Stan Coveleski…