THE CLEVELAND INDIANS’ ONGOING AGONIES…
They were the Grand Rapids Rustlers. Then the Cleveland Lake Shores, Cleveland Bluebirds, Cleveland Broncos and the Cleveland Naps.
Since 1915 they have been the Cleveland Indians or the Tribe and the Wahoos to those diehards — ’Landers and others — in the know.
Following the departure of Woonsocket (RI) native and Hall-of-Famer Nap Lajoie at the close of the 1914 season, team owner Charles Somers appealed to those learned scholars — the baseball writers — to choose a new name to replace “Naps.”