Led by native Ohioan Cy Young, the Spiders became a contender in the mid-1890s, when they played in the Temple Cup Series (that era's World Series) twice, winning it in 1895.The team began to fade after this success, and was dealt a severe blow under the ownership of the Robison brothers Prior to the 1899 season, Frank Robison, the Spiders owner, bought the St.On September 14, 2017, the Cleveland Indians won their 22nd straight game.It extended the new American League record they set the previous game, while also becoming the longest winning streak with no ties in Major League Baseball history.Also, the team's mascot is named "Slider." The franchise originated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1894 as the Grand Rapids Rustlers, a minor league team in the Western League.
The name "Indians" originated from a request by club owner Charles Somers to baseball writers to choose a new name to replace "Cleveland Naps" following the departure of Nap Lajoie after the 1914 season.In the newspapers before and after 1870, the team was often called the Forest Citys, in the same generic way that the team from Chicago was sometimes called The Chicagos.In 1871 the Forest Citys joined the new National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NA), the first professional league.The National League required distinct colors for the 1882 season, so the Cleveland Forest Citys became the Cleveland Blues. Cleveland went without major league baseball for two seasons until gaining a team in the American Association (AA) in 1887.They then had a mediocre record for six seasons and were ruined by a trade war with the Union Association (UA) in 1884, when its three best players (Fred Dunlap, Jack Glasscock, and Jim Mc Cormick) jumped to the UA after being offered higher salaries. After the AA's Allegheny club jumped to the NL Cleveland followed suit in 1889, as the AA began to crumble.Cleveland played their full schedule to July 19 followed by two games versus Boston in mid-August and disbanded at the end of the season.In 1876, the National League (NL) supplanted the NA as the major professional league.The name referenced the nickname "Indians" that was applied to the Cleveland Spiders baseball club during the time when Louis Sockalexis, a Native American, played in Cleveland.Common nicknames for the Indians include the "Tribe" and the "Wahoos", the latter being a reference to their logo, Chief Wahoo.Cleveland were not among its charter members, but by 1879 the league was looking for new entries and the city gained an NL team.The Cleveland Forest Citys baseball team was then re-created.