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Cleveland Hires Francona To Help Them Break The “Curse Of Bill Veek”

 The Cleveland Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948.

 

The Cleveland Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948. Just call it the “curse of Bill Veeck.” Veeck was the former Cleveland owner, baseball pioneer and promotional genius that purchased the team in 1947, won a title in 1948 and then financial problems forced him to sell the talented squad in 1949.

Indians president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti, fired skipper Manny Acta on Sept 27, following the team’s 3rd 90-loss season in four years.

Saturday, the club fittingly hired the curse breaker himself , former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Francona won two World Series titles with Boston (2004, 2007), breaking an 86-year championship drought known as “The Curse of the Bambino.”  The Indians have lost the World Series three times since 1948 — in 1954, 1995 and 1997. And it’s been 15 seasons since Cleveland has tasted the postseason. Transforming an Indians team that ranked 21st in hitting and 29th in pitching  won’t be easy. The Indians are betting Francona can shock baseball again and end the city’s 54-years of  World Series futility.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The Deputy Editor and Senior Writer is in his 23rd year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, magazines and national TV.

His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.