Thome, Belle, Robinson and Jamieson to Be Inducted into the Indians HOF

first_imgThe Indians will induct four franchise legends into the club’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony on July 30 at Progressive Field.Jim Thome, the Indians all-time home run king; Albert Belle, still the only 50-50 man in baseball history; Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in baseball history; and Charlie Jamieson, who hit .316 over 14 seasons with the Indians and was a member of the 1920 World Series team, will be inducted before the Indians game against the Oakland A’s. A Jim Thome HOF Bobblehead, courtesy of Medical Mutual, will be distributed to 15,000 fans that evening.The quartet’s induction now makes the Indians Hall of Fame 44 members strong after Omar Vizquel’s induction in 2014.”These are four of the all-time great players in our franchise’s storied history, and through their individual personalities and achievements, each has created his own special memories for generations of Indians fans,” said Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio. “We’re excited to officially recognize their contributions to our franchise and the game of baseball by inducting them into the Indians Hall of Fame.”Thome played 13 seasons in all for the Indians, and his 337 homers and 1,008 walks in a Tribe uniform are the most in club history. He was a three-time All-Star as a member of the Indians, and four times finished in the top 10 in American League MVP voting.He ranks second in club history in RBI (937), third in on-base percentage (.414), slugging percentage (.592) and OPS (.980), and 10th in doubles (263). Thome is first-time eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.Belle, too, was one of the most feared hitters in baseball during his prime; he hit 50 homers and 52 doubles in 1995, and remains the only Major League player in history to accomplish that feat. He was a four-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner with the Tribe, and three times finished in the top three in AL MVP voting.He ranks second in club history in homers, with 242, second in slugging percentage (.580), fifth in OPS (.949) and 10th in RBI (751).Robinson played the final three years of his stellar career in Cleveland, but is far better remembered for being a pioneer: He became the first African-American manager in baseball history, and served as player-manager from 1975-1976.After hitting 586 career homers for five teams, Robinson managed the Indians for parts of three seasons, and eventually managed four teams. He won 1,065 games over 16 seasons, and was the 1989 AL Manager of the Year.Jamieson played the final 14 years of his career (12 full seasons) with the Indians, hitting .316 and scoring 942 runs over those seasons. He also was a member of the 1920 World Series champions.He ranks fifth in club history in hits (1,753), seventh in doubles (296), ninth in average and walks (627), 10th in triples (74) and 11th in on-base percentage (.388).CLEVELAND INDIANS HALL OF FAME MEMBERS (44)CA SANDY ALOMAR- Inducted 2009OF EARL AVERILL- Inducted 19512B CARLOS BAERGA- Inducted 2013P JIM BAGBY, SR.-Inducted 2007OF ALBERT BELLE – Inducted 2016SS LOU BOUDREAU- Inducted 19543B BILL BRADLEY- Inducted 1957SS RAY CHAPMAN- Inducted 2006OF ROCKY COLAVITO- Inducted 2006P STAN COVELESKI- Inducted 1966OF LARRY DOBY- Inducted 1966P BOB FELLER- Inducted 1957P WES FERRELL- Inducted 2009OF ELMER FLICK- Inducted 1963P MIKE GARCIA- Inducted 2007MGR/2B JOE GORDON- Inducted 2008P MEL HARDER- Inducted 1951MGR/1B MIKE HARGROVE- Inducted 2008CA JIM HEGAN- Inducted 1966OF JOE JACKSON- Inducted 1951P ADDIE JOSS- Inducted 20063B KEN KELTNER- Inducted 1951OF CHARLIE JAMIESON – Inducted 20162B NAP LAJOIE- Inducted 1951P BOB LEMON- Inducted 1960OF KENNY LOFTON- Inducted 2010MGR. AL LOPEZ- Inducted 2006P SAM McDOWELL- Inducted 2006P CHARLES NAGY- Inducted 2007CA STEVE O’NEILL- Inducted 1951P SATCHEL PAIGE- Inducted 1965RHP GAYLORD PERRY-Inducted 2012MRG. FRANK ROBINSON – Inducted 20163B AL ROSEN- Inducted 2006P HERB SCORE- Inducted 2006SS JOE SEWELL- Inducted 1951OF LOUIS FRANCIS SOCKALEXIS-Inducted 2006OF TRIS SPEAKER- Inducted 19513B JIM THOME – Inducted 20161B/DH ANDRE THORNTON- Inducted 20071B HAL TROSKY- Inducted 1951SS OMAR VIZQUEL – Inducted 2014P EARLY WYNN- Inducted 1972P CY YOUNG- Inducted 1951 Related TopicsAlbert BelleIndiansJim Thome Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

Sam Allardyce confirmed as Everton manager on contract until 2019

first_img1 Sam Allardyce (left) in the stands with Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri Sam Allardyce has been confirmed as Everton’s new manager after signing an 18-month deal at Goodison Park.Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri told talkSPORT’s Jim White on Wednesday that the 63-year-old had agreed a contract to take over. The former England, Newcastle and Sunderland boss will take charge of the Toffees for the first time time in Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Huddersfield.Allardyce said: “I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.”Allardyce had ruled himself out of the running for the Everton job only two weeks ago, telling talkSPORT he did not feel wanted enough by the club after holding initial talks.But further discussions with Moshiri tempted him to return to management at Goodison – seven months after he quit Crystal Palace and declared he had ‘no ambitions’ to take another job.Everton announced on Wednesday afternoon that they were finalising a deal to secure the services of Allardyce more than a month after sacking Ronald Koeman.The 63-year-old had a watching brief as the Toffees put on their best display of the season to beat West Ham 4-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday.That was the final game of an eight-match spell in caretaker charge for under-23s boss David Unsworth and an uplifting way to finish what had been a difficult run.Defeat against the Hammers would have seen Everton drop into the relegation zone but instead Allardyce takes over with the side having climbed to 13th, five points clear of the bottom three.“The attraction of the club itself, the people I’ve known at the club – Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell, whom I worked with at Sunderland – these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager,” said Allardyce.“Ultimately, it’s the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it’s Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me.“Ambition is important for any manager or coach, owner or director. It’s what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans to get this club high up the league. That’s what we’re aiming for.“Let’s try to get a healthy spirit around the club. That’s difficult when you’re losing but the win last night over West Ham and the magnificent atmosphere around Goodison, which was just brilliant, well that’s lifted everybody around the club.“Last season showed what the club is trying to build and we need to demonstrate that level of ambition and assuredness again. We can. It’s a question now of putting in the work to do that and I’m really enthused by the prospect.”last_img read more