|Owner(s) Richard Jacobs|
Manager(s) Mike Hargrove
|General manager(s) John Hart|
|Local television WUAB
Jack Corrigan, Mike Hegan
John Sanders, Rick Manning|
Local radio WKNR (1220 AM) Herb Score, Tom Hamilton, Matt Underwood
Larry Doby was the first African American to play in the American League.
By Friday August 12, 1994, the Indians had compiled a 66-47 record through 113 games, just one game back of the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central Division lead. They had scored 679 runs (6.01 per game) and allowed 562 runs (4.97 per game). They were leading the AL Wildcard Race over the Baltimore Orioles by 2.5 games. Cleveland was leading the Majors in nearly every offensive category, including hits (1,165), runs scored (679), home runs (167), runs batted in (647), batting average (.290), slugging percentage (.484) and total bases (1,946).
Cleveland pitching was also strong, as Indians pitchers had combined for an MLB-high 17 complete games pitched before the Players' Strike prematurely ended the season.
In May 1990, Cuyahoga County voters approved a 15-year sin tax on alcohol and cigarette sales in order to finance the new sports complex. In June 1992, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown at the site of the new Jacobs Field before construction of the building began.
In 1994, the ballpark opened under the name Jacobs Field as the new home of the Cleveland Indians, which had previously shared Cleveland Municipal Stadium with the NFL's Cleveland Browns. On April 4, 1994, the Indians played their first game at the new stadium. President Bill Clinton threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the Indians defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-3 in 11 innings.
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