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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cleveland Guardians (formerly Indians) Franchise History - A Fan's Essentials

Fall 2021: To purchase a reasonably priced 8" x 24" plaqued mounted version of the Cleveland Indians poster that's ready to hang on your wall, please visit Heritage Sports Stuff.

1. Cleveland Guardians – The Team Name
The franchise was established in 1901 as a founding member of the American League. The team has been known as:
Cleveland Blues 1901
Cleveland Broncos 1902
Cleveland Naps 1903-1914
Cleveland Indians 1915-2021
Cleveland Guardians 2022-Present
Note: The history of the Guardians’ team nickname in the early years is the subject of some debate, largely because nicknames were somewhat unofficial in baseball’s early years.

2. Cleveland Guardians – The Championship Record
Two World Series Championships:
1920 defeated Brooklyn Robins 5 games to 2
1948 defeated Boston Braves 4 games to 2

Six American League Pennants:
1920 98 wins - 56 losses
1948 97 wins - 58 losses
1954 111 wins - 43 losses
1995 100 wins - 44 losses
1997 86 wins - 75 losses
2016 94 wins - 67 losses

3. Cleveland Guardians – Home Stadium History
1. League Park / Dunn Field, Cleveland
2. Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
3. Jacobs Field / Progressive Field, Cleveland

4. For more information on the Guardians, you should bookmark these two great websites:

For a huge amount of great historic information:

For great information about the team's ballparks:

5. Celebrate the Guardians' uniform history by owning a piece of history:
If you love the Cleveland Guardians and the history of the Guardians franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic uniforms as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 25 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 17 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Cleveland Guardians YouTube video at or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel

And please search my blog archive for other blogs on the history of the Indians.

This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 21, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at !

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