» July 31, 1932:
Cleveland plays its first game in new Municipal Stadium before a crowd in excess of 80,000 (paid attendance of 76,979), but Mel Harder loses to the A's Lefty Grove 1-0 on Cochrane's RBI single.
» May 16, 1933: Washington and Cleveland break a major-league record by using 11 pitchers in a 12-inning game won by the Senators 11–10. General Crowder is the eventual winner over Mel Harder. Washington's Cecil Travis plays his first ML game and gets five hits.
» June 18, 1933: Indians pitchers Oral Hildebrand and Mel Harder both toss shutouts against Boston to win 7–0 and 4–0.
» July 10, 1934:
The second annual All-Star Game produces Carl Hubbell's amazing feat of striking out five future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with two on base in the first inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan Ruth, Gehrig, and Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the second. After three scoreless innings he leaves with the NL ahead 4-0. The AL rallies, scoring nine runs off Warneke, Mungo, and Dean, while Mel Harder pitches five shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frisch and Medwick hit HRs. Earl Averill's three RBI are decisive for the AL 9-7 victory.
» June 23, 1935:
The league-leading Yanks (37-22) lose their 3rd in a row, dropping a 6–5 decision to the 2nd-place Indians. Rolfe's error in the 8th allows the Tribe to tie and Lefty Gomez looses two wild pitches in a row in the 9th to all Joe Vosmik to get to 3B. Ab Wright's single brings home the winner. Mel Harder, in relief in the 9th, wins his 11th.
» July 31, 1935:
Two AL pitchers each hit two HRs in a game. Wes Ferrell clouts a couple against Buck Newsom of the Browns and knocks in four runs in a 6-4 win for Boston. Mel Harder hits two for Cleveland but loses 6-4 to the White Sox. No other hurlers will hit
2 HRs this season.
» July 31, 1936:
Led by Lou Gehrig, who clouts his 33rd homer, the Yankees down the Indians, 11–7, at League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe's five-game win streak, and leaves the Yankees eight 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland. Gehrig and Red Rolfe clout homers in the 5th to chase Mel Harder, but the Indians answer with three doubles by Earl Averill and a homer by Hal Trosky. Hadley, with relief from Johnny Murphy, hangs on for his 9th win.
» June 12, 1940:
The first place Red Sox club veteran Indians' P Mel Harder for a 9–5 win, handing the Tribe their eight loss in 13 games. Cleveland's Ossie Vitt, in lifting Harder, snarls, "It's about time you won one, the money you're making." The criticism, plus the same type of remarks made earlier about Feller, will prompt Harder to request a meeting with Cleveland owner Alva Bradley tomorrow morning in Cleveland.
» August 26, 1940:
Bob Feller rescues Mel Harder in the 7th and the Indians top the Senators, 4–3. Hal Trosky's two-run homer off Dutch Leonard is the big blow for the Tribe. Cleveland leads the idle Tigers by three games.
» May 10, 1944: Mel Harder wins his 200th career game as Cleveland defeats the Red Sox 5–4. He is the 50th to reach this mark.
» May 20, 1944: Mel Harder of the Indians and Paul Derringer of the Cubs both win their 201st career games. Derringer's win comes at home, 3–2 over Boston's Nate Andrews. At Philadelphia, Harder wins his, 5–0, allowing three hits and finishing in one hour: 37 minutes. Cy Young is on hand to watch the game.
» May 25, 1944: On Mel Harder appreciation night in Cleveland, the Indians and Harder drop a 4–2 decision to the Senators. Mel tries harder scoring both of the Indian runs.
» May 15, 1946:
Mel Harder and Steve Gromek fire back to back shutouts over the A's as Cleveland wins two, 3–0 and 5–0.
» September 30, 1962:
With manager Mel McGaha fired for next season, Indians pitching coach Mel Harder guides the Tribe to a sweep of a twinbill of the Angels, winning 4–3 and 6–1. Harder, 1–0 last year, completes his managerial career at 3–0. Mel McGaha, a guard with the 1948-49 NY Knickerbockers of the BAA, didn't play major league baseball, but will come back to manage the A's in 1964-65.
» July 22, 2001:
At Cleveland, Bartolo Colon pitches the Tribe to a 6–3 win over the Tigers and pulls Cleveland within a game of Minnesota in the AL Central. Thome adds his AL-high 31st homer. Before the game, the Indians honor their Century 100, with 38 of their all-time greats on hand. Receiving the biggest applause is Rocky Colavito. Bob Feller, as well as 91-year-old great Mel Harder also receives a huge hand.