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the Cleveland Indians

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The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state.

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding.

Ohio is an Eastern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

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The Indians compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central division.

The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League, is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada.

Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Central is an adjective usually referring to being in the center of some place or object.

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Since 1994, they have played at Progressive Field.

Progressive Field is a baseball park located in the downtown area of Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

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The team's spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.

Goodyear Ballpark is a stadium in Goodyear, Arizona and part of a $108 million baseball complex that is the current spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds.

In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season.

In an organized sports league, a typical season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session.

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Since their establishment as a major league franchise in 1901, the Indians have won two World Series championships: in 1920 and 1948, along with eight Central Division titles and six American League pennants.

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team.

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The Indians' current World Series championship drought is the longest active drought, and through 2016 is the fifth-longest in baseball history.

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The name "Indians" originated from a request by club owner Charles Somers to baseball writers to choose a new name to replace "Cleveland Naps" following the departure of Nap Lajoie after the 1914 season.

Napoléon "Nap" Lajoie, also known as Larry Lajoie and nicknamed "The Frenchman", was an American professional baseball second baseman and player-manager.

Charles W. Somers was an American executive in Cleveland, Ohio's coal industry who also achieved prominence in Major League Baseball.

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The name referenced the nickname "Indians" that was applied to the Cleveland Spiders baseball club during the time when Louis Sockalexis, a Native American, played in Cleveland.

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom.

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Common nicknames for the Indians include the "Tribe" and the "Wahoos", the latter being a reference to their logo, Chief Wahoo.

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Also, the team's mascot is named "Slider."

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The franchise originated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1894 as the Grand Rapids Rustlers, a minor league team in the Western League.

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The team moved to Cleveland in 1900 and changed its name to the Cleveland Lake Shores; the Western League itself changed its name to the American League while continuing its minor league status.

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One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the major league incarnation of the club was founded in Cleveland in 1901.

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Originally called the Cleveland Bluebirds, the team played in League Park until moving permanently to Cleveland Stadium in 1946.

Cleveland Stadium, commonly known as Municipal Stadium or Lakefront Stadium, was a multi-purpose stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio.

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At the end of the 2016 season, they had a regular season franchise record of 9,191–8,837.

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