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Opening Day: Cleveland, the Indians, and a New Beginning

By Jonathan Knight

April 4, 1994 was the beginning of a new era for Cleveland baseball. Gone was the rotting behemoth of Cleveland Municipal Stadium, and gone was the expectation that Opening Day would be the highlight of the season.

Jonathan Knight takes the reader inning-by-inning through that first game against the Seattle Mariners. He intersperses the action on the field with background of the players and team history. He treads on such topics as the opening of League Park and Cleveland Stadium, as well as Frank Robinson's Opening Day triumph and Frank Lane's infamous April 1960 trade.

For those of us who lived through the end of the Cleveland Stadium epoch and the beginning of the Jacobs Field era, there isn't much new, but it's a quick and enjoyable read about a game that symbolized a drastic change in fortune for a moribund franchise.