» June 2, 1987: The Mariners select Cincinnati high schooler Ken Griffey Jr., the son of Braves OF Ken Griffey, with the first pick overall in the free-agent draft. Picking 2nd, the Pirates take Mark Merchant, while the Twins take another high schooler Willie Banks with the 3rd pick. The Cubs pick Mike Harkey and the White Sox pick Jack McDowell with the 6th selection. McDowell will be the first of this class to reach the majors, Picking 9th, the Royals take Kevin Appier and on the 58th round, take UCLA's Jeff Conine. With the 22nd pick, the Astros take Seton Hall's Craig Biggio, who will be the first non-pitcher from the draft to make the majors. Picking 6th in the first round, the Braves select Derek Lilliquist, and on the 13th round take Mike Stanton. Because of his expected high price tag, Mike Mussina is selected in the 13th round. Albert Belle, suspended by LSU's coach after chasing a fan, goes to the Indians in round 2. Robb Nen goes in the 32nd round.
» May 11, 1991: When a heckler taunts recovering alcoholic Albert Belle during Cleveland's 2-1 loss to California, the Indians' OF hits the fan in the chest with a baseball. Many in the crowd applaud Belle, who is suspended for one week by American League president Dr. Bobby Brown and ordered to contribute a week's salary to a charity of his choice.
» June 7, 1991: Indians OF Albert Belle is sent to the minors after failing to run hard on a double-play grounder in a 2-1 loss to Chicago.
» September 14, 1991:
In the 10th inning of the game between Cleveland and Baltimore, Indians reliever Eric Bell pitches to the Orioles' 2B Juan Bell, who skies a fly to left where it is caught by the Tribe's Albert Belle. Cleveland comes out on top with a 6–5 win, and Eric Bell, with one 2/3 innings of relief, rings up his first win.
» May 4, 1992:
During KC's 11–6 win over Cleveland, Indians OF Albert Belle charges the mound after two of P Neal Heaton's pitches sail behind him. In the bullpen, Indian P Ted Power gets up from his chair to join the fight at the mound, and suffers a strained right calf muscle. He is forced to go on the DL with the injury.
» September 6, 1992: Seattle P Mike Schooler gives up a 12–inning, 2–out grand slam to Cleveland's Carlos Martinez to give the Indians a 12–9 win. It is the 4th grand slam hit off Schooler this year to tie the major league record. Indians OF Albert Belle hits three home runs in the contest.
» May 13, 1993: In the Royals 7-3 victory over the Indians, George Brett hits the 300th home run of his career, making him the 6th player with 300 homers and 3,000 hits. Cleveland OF Albert Belle receives a 3-game suspension for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch from Hipolito Pichardo of the Royals.
» August 8, 1993:
Cleveland OF Albert Belle drives home two runs with a sacrifice fly as the Indians lose to Baltimore, 7-6.
» June 16, 1994: Trailing 6–4 going into the bottom of the 9th, the Indians rally to tie the game, then win it 7–6 when Albert Belle smacks an RBI-double to left center. The Sox elected to pitch to Belle with first base open. The win is Cleveland's 15th consecutive home victory.
» July 15, 1994:
In the first inning at Comiskey Park, Sox manager Gene Lamont accuses Indian slugger Albert Belle of using a corked bat, and umpire Dave Phillips confiscates the bat and stores it in the ump's dressing room. In a Mission Impossible caper revealed in 1999, the Indians Jason Grimsley crawls 100 feet along a ceiling, drops down into the dressing room, and exchanges Belle's bat for one of Paul Sorrento's. After the 3–2 Indian's win, the switch is discovered to the consternation of the umps and the White Sox. The Indians subsequently turn over one of Belle's bats and Belle is given a 10-day suspension, later reduced to seven games.
» July 18, 1994:
Cleveland OF Albert Belle is suspended for 10 days for using a corked bat in a July 14 game against the White Sox. The suspension will be reduced to seven days plus a $7,000 fine when Belle agrees to drop his appeal.
» September 19, 1995: Cleveland OF Albert Belle strokes three home runs the team's 8-2 win over the White Sox, giving him five home runs over two consecutive games to tie a major league mark.
» September 30, 1995: Cleveland OF Albert Belle socks his 50th home run of the season in the Indians' 3-2 win over the Royals. The home run is Belle's 17th of September, tying Babe Ruth's record for the month. Beginning September 13, Belle has hit 13 homers in 16 games (he did not play 9/24), tying Frank Howard's mark set in May, 1968. With today's homer, Belle becomes the first player ever to have 50 homer and 50 doubles in a season.
» October 25, 1995:
The Braves take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the Series with a 5-2 win behind Steve Avery. Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Ryan Klesko all homer.
» October 26, 1995: Cleveland stays alive with a 5-4 win in Game 5 of the WS. Orel Hershiser gets credit for the win, and Albert Belle, Jim Thome, Luis Polonia, and Ryan Klesko all reach the seats.
» April 6, 1996:
Warming up in the outfield before the Indians' game with Toronto, Albert Belle heaves a ball at photographer Tony Tomsic, hitting him. Belle contends that it wasn't deliberate, even though it was his second throw near Tomsic, and even though he warned the photog not to snap his picture. The league will open an investigation in two weeks and Tomsic will file a law suit on December 12th. The Indians win the game, defeating the Blue Jays, 5–3.
» April 23, 1996: Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez each hit 3-run homers and the Indians hold off the Orioles for an 9–8 win. The Indians win their 10th in 11 games, while the O's drop their 6th straight.
» April 28, 1996:
Veteran Frank Viola, brought up yesterday from the minors, is rocked for 10 runs in four innings by the Indians. who roll to a 17–3 win over the Blue Jays. Sandy Alomar hits a 3-run homer and Albert Belle adds a solo shot and drives in three runs.
» May 16, 1996:
Albert Belle homers twice, his 15th and 16th of the year, to lead the Indians to a 8–3 win over the Tigers. Jack McDowell (5–1) is the winner for the division leading Indians, now five 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox. Before the game, the American League orders Belle to receive "immediate counseling" and do community service as a result of his winging baseballs at a photographer several weeks ago. Belle's agent replies that the star is already doing both.
» May 22, 1996:
Albert Belle's 21-game hit streak is stopped when, with two men on, he strikes out in the 9th inning to end the game, a 10–8 Cleveland loss to the Brewers.
» May 28, 1996:
In Philadelphia, Pete Incaviglia hammers a pair of three-run homers to lead the Phils to a 9–3 win over the Dodgers. The win goes to rookie Mike Grace (7–2), who gives up three runs in seven innings. At Arlington Albert Belle dings his 21st in the 4th inning of the Indians 11–3 win over the Rangers Belle, who is collecting his home run balls this season, asks for the ball when he is lifted in the 6th inning. Ken Logan, the fan who caught it. requests an autographed ball in exchange, prompting Belle to tell him to "@#$%^& off." The Indian management quickly apologizes to Logan, and gets him another autographed ball. Belle did the same thing in 1995.
» May 31, 1996: The Indians bang 18 hits to beat Milwaukee 10–4, but the biggest hit is when Albert Belle decks Brewers 2B Fernando Vina with a vicious forearm in the 8th inning to set off a two-team brawl. Belle was on first after being hit with a pitch. In the 9th, Milwaukee reliever Terry Burrows throws three inside pitches before he finally plunks Belle. Tribe reliever Julian Tavarez then throws a pitch behind the back of Mike Matheny, who charges the mound. Both benches clear and during the brawl Tavarez slams down ump Joe Brinkman and Belle knuckles Brewer Steve Sparks. Belle, Tavarez, and Matheny will each receive 5-game suspensions for their brawling.
» June 22, 1996:
In Cleveland, Ruben Sierra homers from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat the Indians, 11–9. One of Sierra's home runs comes in the 9-run 6th inning. Albert Belle, back from a 2-game suspension, is 3-for-5 with a homer, and Eddie Murray adds his 488th home run for the Tribe. The game takes 4:10.
» July 11, 1996:
In the Twins 11–7 loss to the Indians, Chuck Knoblauch completes his 10th multi-hit game in a row—the longest such streak in the ML since 1978. Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle drive in nine runs between them for the Tribe, and Jack McDowell picks up the win.
» July 20, 1996: The Indians defeat the Twins, 6–5, on Alvaro Espinoza's 11th-inning homer. OF Kenny Lofton leads the way for the Tribe with five hits. Albert Belle rings his 226th homer as an Indian to tie Earl Averill's club mark.
» July 22, 1996: Toronto's Erik Hanson walks Cleveland's Jim Thome without throwing a 4th ball. With the count 2-2 the pitch is wide and Thome jogs to 1B. Ump Mike Everitt, a fill-in from the PCL, had incorrectly called the count 3–2 before the pitch, and Thome, who knew better, didn't correct him. The next batter Albert Belle hits a 3-run double for a 4-2 win.
» July 26, 1996:
Following a 2-homer, 5-RBI game on the 25th, Albert Belle goes 4-for-5 with a 3-run homer to lead the Indians to a 14–9 drubbing of the Orioles. There are seven homers in the game.
» August 20, 1996:
Rangers SS Kevin Elster drops a throw, ending Texas's errorless streak at an American League-record-tying 15 games. The Indians defeat the Rangers, 10-4, behind their powerful middle lineup: Manny Ramirez hits a grand slam, Albert Belle has a homer and two triples, and Jim Thome homers.
» September 29, 1996:
Albert Belle has no RBIs in the Indians 4–1 loss to the Royals and finishes with an American League-high 148.
» October 4, 1996: Indians' OF Albert Belle's grand slam leads Cleveland to a 9-4 win over the Orioles in Game three of their series.
» February 11, 1997: In a deposition given as part of an unrelated civil suit, Albert Belle admits that he lost approximately $40,000 on betting with friends. Belle denies, however, that he ever bet on baseball.
» April 1, 1997:
Albert Belle, Chicago's $55 million man, doubles in the 1st run and clocks a 2-run home run in the 8th to help the White Sox to a 6–5 10-inning win over Toronto. In the 10th, Ray Durham singles and comes around to score on a ball that eludes the SS for an error.
» May 11, 1997:
Albert Belle is 3-for-3, including his 8th career grand slam, and drives in five runs to lead the White Sox to a 8–5 win over the A's. Wilson Alvarez (2-4) strikes out 12 in seven innings to give the Sox a sweep of the 4-game series from Oakland. Sox outfielders Dave Martinez and Lyle Mouton are injured when they collide while chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning. Mouton breaks a bone in his face while Martinez suffers a slight concussion.
» May 18, 1997: At Oakland, hot-hitting Frank Thomas goes 4-for-4 to lead the White Sox to a 10–4 win over the A's. Thomas has two RBIs, a walk and three runs; he has now reached base in 12 straight plate appearances. In the 6th inning, Albert Belle scores and throws an elbow at the face of A's catcher George Williams as he goes by. Belle is hit on the leg by a pitch from Aaron Small in his next at bat.
» June 2, 1997: Chicago scores three runs in the 9th to edge the Brewers, 8–5. Albert Belle is 0-for-3 with two walks, ending his hitting streak at 27 games.
» June 3, 1997:
Greeting a raucous bell-ringing crowd in his return to Jacobs Field, Albert Belle clouts a 3-run homer and two doubles to lead the White Sox to a 9–5 win over the Tribe. Belle finishes the game with an obscene gesture to the crowd. The gesture will cost him a $5,000 fine from the league, payable in tickets to underprivileged kids.
» June 27, 1997:
The White Sox defeat the Twins, 10-6, as OF Albert Belle goes 5-for-5, including a double and home run. C Jorge Fabregas drive in four runs for Chicago.
» August 22, 1997:
In another slugfest, the Rangers score a 17-8 victory over the White Sox. Each of the starting left fielders—Rusty Greer and Albert Belle—hits two homers and drives in six runs for his team.
» September 19, 1997:
The White Sox tie Boston, 4–4 at Fenway on Albert Belle's 9th inning grand slam, off Tom Gordon, then win in the 10th on Frank Thomas' single. The Red Sox had tied the game in the bottom of the 9th on pinch homers by Curtis Pride and Scott Hatteberg. Boston wastes Butch Henry's seven 2/3 shutout innings, while Mike Sirotka's one run in eight innings goes unrewarded. Nomar Garciaparra has a pair of doubles to break Ted Williams' Red Sox rookie record for total bases. His total is 348 on his way to 365. Tony Oliva set the American League rookie record in 1964 with 374.
» April 19, 1998:
The Blue Jays beat the White Sox, 5–4, despite Lou Frazier tying the Sox team record (George Davis and Jimmy Callahan, in 1905) for stolen bases with 4. Interestingly, Frazier is 0-for-3 at the plate. Albert Belle homers for the Sox and Mike Stanley and Ed Sprague go back to back for the Jays in the 4th.
» April 29, 1998:
Led by Wil Cordero and Albert Belle, the White Sox pound on the Orioles, 16–7, ruining Sidey Ponson's 1st ML start. Cordero, cut by Boston on the last day of spring training, has two home runs and five RBI, and Belle has two home runs and four RBI. Belle follows a Frank Thomas home run with his 1st dinger, and Robin Ventura follows Belle's 2nd with another. Thomas adds a big hurt, breaking reliever Norm Charlton's nose with a line single in the 7th.
» July 17, 1998: Both Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Belle hit their 300th homers tonight. Palmeiro is 3–for–4 as his Orioles win, 4–1 over the Angels, and improve their record since the All–Star break to 9–0. Belle's homer—his 10th in 10 games since the break—and Robin Ventura's 9th–inning homer give the White Sox a 4–3 victory over the visiting Indians.
» July 31, 1998: Chicago's Albert Belle hits his 16th home run of the month to set a new major league mark for July. His home run helped the White Sox to a 10–2 win over the Rangers. Frank Thomas hits a grand slam and drives in five runs for Chicago.
» August 10, 1998: White Sox OF Albert Belle drives in his 100th run of the season in a 5–3 win over Oakland. He joins Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth as the only players to record at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in seven consecutive seasons.
» September 14, 1998:
In another pitchers duel, the White Sox score twice in the 12th inning, then hold on for a 17–16 win over the Tigers. The teams combine for 41 hits, including five each for Albert Belle of the Sox and rookie OF Juan Encarnacion of the Bengals. Encarnacion also score five runs while driving home 4. Belle and SS Craig Wilson bring home five each for Chicago.
» December 1, 1998:
The Orioles sign slugger–grumbler outfielder Albert Belle to a 5–year contract.
» April 5, 1999:
OF Albert Belle hits a 3–run homer in his Baltimore debut, and Cal Ripken Jr. has to leave the game with a back injury, as the Orioles defeat the Devil Rays, 10–7. Ripken will not play tomorrow, marking the first time in 17 years that he is forced to miss a game because of an injury. Prior to today's game, Ripken's father is honored with his #7 painted into the 3rd base coach's box. A former Oriole manager and coach, Cal Ripken Sr. died of lung cancer on March 25 at age 63. Following the game, Baltimore P Doug Johns is arrested on drunk driving and marijuana possession charges.
» May 16, 1999: The Orioles outslug the Rangers, 16-5, pounding out 24 hits in the process. All nine Baltimore starters have two or more hits for the Orioles, with Mike Bordick leading the way with 4. Albert Belle hits a pair of homers and knocks home five runs for the Orioles.
» June 11, 1999:
The Orioles defeat the Braves, 6-2, as Albert Belle's streak of 392 consecutive games (the longest active streak) is ended. Belle is benched by Baltimore manager Ray Miller for failing to run out a ground ball.
» July 25, 1999: The Orioles defeat the Angels, 8-7, behind three home runs and six RBI from slugger Albert Belle.
» August 29, 1999: Albert Belle clubs four doubles, tying a ML and club record, to lead the Orioles to an 11–4 win at Detroit. It's the Birds last game at Tiger Stadium.
» September 1, 1999:
Albert Belle's 30th home run of the year helps the Orioles beat Tampa Bay, 3–1. Belle has now hit 30 homers in eight straight seasons.
» September 9, 1999:
In Baltimore's 6–5 win over the Twns, Albert Belle drives in his 100th run, the 9th season in a row he's had 100+ RBIs. On the minus side, Cal Ripken, Jr. grounds into his 324th double play to top Carl Yastrzemski for the all-time lead.
» September 23, 1999: The Athletics beat the Orioles, 9-6, in the 1st game of a doubleheader, ending Baltimore's 13-game winning streak. The Orioles take the nightcap, 12-4, as OF Albert Belle gets four doubles in a game for the 2nd time this season.
» March 8, 2001: The Orioles announce that Albert Belle is "totally disabled and unable to perform as a major league baseball player" due to a severe case of degenerative arthritis of the right hip.
» August 15, 2001:
The Cardinals defeat the Reds, 8–4, for their 7th straight win. St. Louis 1B Mark McGwire singles in the 5th inning, marking his first hit other than a home run in 72 at bats. McGwire's last 11 hits had been homers, a run unprecedented in the last 25 years. Cleveland's Albert Belle had eight straight hits for home runs in 1995.