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Cleveland Indians

All Time Center Fielder

Tris Speaker

1907 - 1928

2789 games, 117 home runs, .345 batting average

Nicknamed "The Gray Eagle" (for his prematurely graying hair) and "Spoke," Speaker is considered by many as the greatest defensive centerfielder to play the game. He came up with the Boston Red Sox and soon became the centerpiece of one of the finest outfield trios of all time (along with Harry Hooper and Duffy Lewis. His best year came in 1912 when he led the American League in doubles with 53, and home runs with 10. He set a career high with 222 hits, 136 runs, 580 at-bats, and 52 steals. While batting.383, his .567 slugging percentage was the highest of his dead ball days. Refusing to accept a pay cut after batting "only" .322, the Red Sox dealt Speaker to the Indians in 1916 where he continued to have a number of fine seasons. One highlight came that first year in Cleveland when he stopped Ty Cobb's remarkable nine consecutive batting titles by hitting .386 to Cobb's .371. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937.


Manager Lou Boudreau
First Baseman Jim Thome
Second Baseman Nap Lajoie
Third Baseman Al Rosen
Shortstop Omar Vizquel
Left Fielder Albert Belle
Center Fielder Tris Speaker
Right Fielder Manny Ramirez
Catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr.
RH Pitcher Bob Feller
LH Pitcher Sam McDowell
Closer Doug Jones
Designated Hitter Rocky Colavito

Roberto Alomar, Brian Anderson, Earl Averill, Bobby Avila, Buddy Bell, Ellis Burks, Rico Carty, Bartolo Colon, Stan Coveleski, Coco Crisp, Einar Diaz, Larry Doby, Elmer Flick, Tito Francona, Travis Fryman, Karim Garcia, Mike Garcia, Travis Hafner, Mel Harder, Jeff Heath, Jim Hegan, Joe Jackson, Addie Joss, Ken Kelmer, Ralph Kiner, Matt Lawton, Cliff Lee, Bob Lemon, Kenny Lofton, Victor Martinez, Jose Mesa, Charles Nagy, Steve O'Neill, Satchel Paige, Gaylord Perry, C.C. Sabathia, Herb Score, Joe Sewell, Grady Sizemore, Louis Sockalexis, Andre Thornton, Billy Traber, Hal Trosky, Jake Westbrook, Bob Wickman, Jaret Wright, Early Wynn, Cy Young

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