EDITOR'S NOTE: Norwalk Reflector photographer Lou Reda shares his finest Cleveland Indians memories today. The Indians take on the New York Yankees beginning Thursday in the best-of-five American League Division Series.
It was mid-June in 1962 and the Indians were fighting to maintain respectability when the Yankees arrived for a four- game series. I grew up hating the Yankees, thanks to my father. (To say he was a Tribe fan is an understatement. We buried dad two years ago wearing a baseball tie with an Indians cap and baseball next to him).
We went to the Friday night game with Jim "Mudcat" Grant on the mound for a 3-0 win over the boys in pinstripes. Saturday afternoon found the two of us watching our 19-inch black and white television set cheering on the Indians to a 10-9 win for Gary "Ding-Dong" Bell.
On Sunday we returned to the Municipal Stadium for a double-header and it was packed with baseball fans like I had never seen before it was rockin'! In the first game Dick Donovan got into the "W" column with a score of 6-1 followed by Pedro Ramos tossing the second game (with Gary Bell in relief) for a 6-3 win. The Indians finished that year just under .500.
In this series the Cleveland club would have been pleased to break even with the Yankees (whose line-up included Roger Maris with 61 home runs in 1961). Three out of four wins would have been outstanding for the struggling Tribe, but four straight in a homestand with the powerful New York Yankees was something to cherish.
That is my best Cleveland Indians memory. If you would like to share one of your Indians memories, e-mail it to email@example.com, fax it to (419) 668-2424 or drop it off at the Reflector office, 61 E. Monroe St., Norwalk by Wednesday at 5 p.m. We will publish some of the responses Thursday the day the Indians' playoff series with New York begins.