#9 - 1981 - Len Barker throws a perfect game. Len Barker was one of my favorite players when I was a kid, first collecting Indians cards before I had ever even seen them on TV. I actually started collecting a few years before this, but I can't even tell you when I saw my first Indians game on TV - it was in the 90's for sure though.
#8 - 1940 - Bob Feller throws a no-hitter on opening day. How do a perfect game and a no-hitter by a HOFer get the bottom two slots!? That is just not right. Guess we'll see what else MLBTV comes up with.
#7 - 2001 - Tribe overcome 12-run deficit to win 15-14. Okay, yeah, this was a HUGE one. I remember turning off the TV and heading back to the home office to play games on the computer. After a while, I came back out to see how the Tribe were doing. I stayed to watch the end of it, waking my wife to tell her the news. She was not amused.
#6 - 1997 - ALDS Games 4 and 5 - Indians clinch series. That was friggin awesome. The Indians were heading to the World Series to play some new-fangled team called the Marlins of all things. Surely the Indians would conquer. Er, uh, well, maybe not.
#5 - 1975 - Frank Robinson hits opening day homer at first at-bat as 1st black player/manager. Yeah, buddy. This needs no explanation. And though it was awesome, is that better than a perfect game!? Hmmm...
#4 - 1995 - Tony Pena walk off homer to win ALDS game 1. Really? A walk-off homer? Yeah, it came in the 13th inning, but as a NUMBER FOUR all-time moment!? Nah...
#3 - 1995 - ACLS Game 6 - Indians win first pennant since 1954. Now, this was HUGE! This came after all the "Major League" movies had played out and Tribe fans everywhere were watching life imitating art before their very eyes.
#2 - 1948 - World Series Game 6 - Indians win 2nd championship in team history.
#1 - 1997 - ALCS Game 6 - Indians win AL pennant. Okay, are these really in the top nine order? I mean, yeah, that was great. But, surely this is not the #1 moment in Indians history. I better keep watching...
Yeap, those were the Prime Nine moments.
The hosts began banter about their favorites. John Hart (former Tribe manager) picked the opening win on the first day at The Jake and Harold Reynolds picked the "Major League" movies as a Prime Nine moment. Of course, there was the continual sellout for 455 games. Frankly, in the history of Tribe, I'd have to give the fan sellout an honored spot in the Prime Nine.