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Spokane has seen over 100 years of Baseball tradition come through the Lilac city, and in that time, many players have made a name for themselves. Seven former Spokane Indians players, managers, coaches, and owners have found their way to Cooperstown and are current members the National Baseball Hall Of Fame.







Stanley Anthony Coveleski

Spokane Indians
1913-1914

Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, New York Yankees
1912, 1916-1928

Stan Covelesk, a product of the Pennsylvania coal mies, was a five-time 20-game winner and earned 215 total major league victories. He compiled 13 straight wins in 1925. Coveleski was the Cleveland hero in the 1920 World Series, defeating Brooklyn three times while yielding a total of only two runs.

Before rising to stardom in the major leagues, Coleveski pitched in Spokane for two seasons. In 1914, he won 20 games for the Indians and led the Northwestern League with 214 strikeouts.

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1969








George Lange Kelly

Spokane Indians
1914

New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati reds, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers
1915-1932

Known as "Highpockets," this slick-fielding first baseman enjoyed six consecutive .300-plus season and four straight years with over 100 RBI. He shares a National League record of slugging seven homers in six consecutive gmaes in 1924. Kelly appeared in four consecutive World Series with the New York Giannts from 1921 to 1924.

In 1914, at the age of eighteen, Kelly began his professional career in Spokane. Along with fellow Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski, he led the Indians to 84 wins and a third place finish in the Northwestern League.

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973








Edwin Donald "Duke" Snider

Spokane Indians
Manager
1965

Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Fransisco Giants
1947-1964

Duke Snider was a smooth-fielding, power hitting center fielder for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. Over his 18 major league seasons, Snider batted .295 with 407 homers, including 5 straight seasons in which he hit 40 or more.

When Indians manager Pete Reiser suffered a heart attack in spring training in 1965, Snider filled the void to gain his first managerial experience.

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of fame in 1980








James Hoyt Wilhelm

Spokane Indians
1971

New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Dodgers
1952-1972

For 21 major league seasons, knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm distinguished himself as one of the games premier relievers by winning 143 games and collecting 227 saves. In a rare start for the Orioles on September 20, 1958, he no-hit the New York Yankees. His 1,070 games pitched is the second highest total in major league history.

In 1971, Wilhelm pitched in eight games for the Indians before being recalled to the Los Angeles Dodgers for his final two major league seasons.

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985








Thomas Charles Lasorda

Spokane Indians
Manager
1969-1971

Los Angeles Dodgers
Manager
1977-1996

A highly successful manager Tommy Lasorda skippered the Dodgers for 20 seasons. During his tenure the Dodgers captured eight Nationa League West titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series Championships.

Before his career in Los Angeles Lasorda managed the Indians for three season. His 1970 club won 94 games, swept the Hawaii Islanders in 4 games to win the Pacific Coast League championship, and is considered by many to be the greatest in minor league baseball history. Lasorda's energy and personality made him a favorite with the Spokane fans.

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997








Donald Howard Sutton

Spokane Indians
1968

Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A's and California Angels
1966-1988

A model of consistency and durability throughout his 23-year major league career, Don Sutton won 324 games and struck out 3,574 batters while never missing his turn in the pitching rotation. The four-time All-Star reached double figures in wins in 21 of his 23 season and appeared in four World Series.

Assigned to AAA Spokane after Spring training in 1968, Sutton spent only one week with the Inidians. He pitched 16 innings with 19 strikeouts before being recalled to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998








George Howard Brett


Spokane Indians
1986 - present

Kansas City Royals
1973 - 1993

George Brett, a lifetime Royal finished his career as the only major leaguer to combine for over 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, 600 doubles, 100 triples, and 200 stolen bases. A career .305 hittier, Brett batted over .300 11 times and is the only player in the major league history to win batting championships in three different decades. The thirteen-time All-Star was the American League's Most Valueable Player in 1980 after hitting .390. He led the Royals to  a World Series Championship in 1985.

The Brett's purchased the Indians in 1986. Under the Brett group, Avista Stadium has seen many major improvements and the Indians have set numerous attendence records. Also, Baseball America named the Indians Minor League Organization of the Decade for the 1990's

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999






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