The Cleveland Indians are a major league baseball team that plays in the Central Division of the American League. The Indians play their home games in Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The team was first called the Blues, then the Bronchos and the Naps, after its star second baseman Napoleon Lajoie. In 1915, the team was renamed the Indians in honor of Louis Francis Sockalexis, the first Native American to play professional baseball. Cleveland won its first pennant in 1920, led by center fielder and manager Tris Speaker.
The Indians did not win another pennant until 1948. The stars of that team were shortstop and manager Lou Boudreau, pitcher Bob Feller, and outfielder Larry Doby. In 1947, Doby had become the first African American player in the American League. The 1954 Indians won the pennant with a league record 111 victories.
Cleveland went more than 40 years before winning their next pennant, in 1995. The team won pennants again in 1997 and 2016.
Last month, the Cleveland Indians earned an American League record for completing the longest winning streak of 22 games!