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The Cleveland Indians Tribe

Updated on March 11, 2015

Cleveland Indians - Tribe Tributes Links and Legends

Technically, the first Cleveland Indians were the Erie Indians, who were in Cleveland long before there was any such thing the city of Cleveland or a baseball team. Ohio was considered the wild west in the 1700-1800s, and many Native American Indian tribes lived throughout Ohio.

The Cleveland Indians Tribe, Tributes, Links, and Legends is dedicated to all who seek information about the Cleveland Indians, their history, and the Native Americans which inspired the team name.


"Slider" Chief Wahoo of the 1950s - Cleveland Indians Baseball
"Slider" Chief Wahoo of the 1950s - Cleveland Indians Baseball

The Cleveland Indians

Historic Icons Of Major League Baseball

A lot of changes since this web page was built. Wikipedia has expanded their historical presentation about the Cleveland Indians in great detail, and you can find a lot of information there about the original baseball team, players, coaches, and their entry in the Central Division. The links provided herein will present you with an extraordinary amount of information, from blogs, to the Cleveland Indians Official Team Site, and more.

The artwork displayed on this page began with bits and pieces of old penants, hats, cards, and papers from yard sales, auctions, etc.,. From that point, the graphics were pieced together and reworked to preserve and showcase the Cleveland Indian icon(s) as a true historic works of art.

This page was designed to serve as reminder that there would be no Cleveland Indians without the contribution of the real Native American Indians, and salute the one major league ball team not afraid to promote its heritage.

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" . . . a newspaper contest was held, and the winning entry "Indians", was chosen, submitted by a fan who said he was doing it in honor of the Chief, Louis Sockalexis."

Although there has been some controversy as to why and when the Cleveland team was named The Indians, in truth, the team name represents the Native American spirit that inspires the team, incorporates the tribe, and has earned the respect of their fans, friends, supporters for more than 100 years.

History documents the proud and the brave. The Indians serve as a reminder of this.

Cleveland Indians Baseball - MLB Videos On YouTube

Major League - The Cleveland Indians Movie

Cleveland Indian Mascot History

Cleveland Indian Mascot History
Cleveland Indian Mascot History

Learn About The Real Tribes

Did you know the name "Ohio" is an Iroquoian Indian word? It came from the Seneca name for the Ohio River, Ohiyo, which means "it is beautiful."

The Senecas were not the original inhabitants of Ohio, however. The Indian tribes of the Ohio Valley were decimated by smallpox and other European diseases before the Europeans had even met them, and Algonquian and Iroquoian tribes from neighboring regions moved into Ohio as European colonization forced them from their original homes. Only a few of the tribes who were living in Ohio before 1492 still survive today. -- Native American Tribes of Ohio

Don't Forget . . .

1. Ball Cap

2. T-Shirt

3. Jacket

4. Cooler

5. Tickets

More often than not, the fans in the stands know a lot about the history of their favorite team. You are welcome to share your Cleveland Indian history, memories, insight, and fan stories here. If you or someone someone you know can further identify a graphic and its origin, provide a historic link, contribute a photo of a Cleveland Indian or your favorite souvenir, you are welcome to share it here.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by.

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      Lyddy 3 years ago

      Your posting really sterightaned me out. Thanks!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Gosh, I surely do appreciate and will always remember what the Cleveland Indians meant to me growing up in Cleveland! I used to get 8 pair of tickets for scoring all As on my report card ... and then my grandma would sell those tickets at the West Side Market and I'd be rich that summer!

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I'm glad that 1947 logo didn't stick. He gives me the hebe-geebies. What inspired the change from the 1928 profile to the 1947 cartoon?