CLEVELAND - June 17, 1988, the Indians were just three games out of first place and the hated Yankees were in town for a three-game series.
WEWS sports director Nev Chandler hosted a segment of Live On Five from Municipal Stadium with Yankees great Dave Winfield.
Winfield joined Nev to talk about his book, “Winfield: A Player’s Life” which had been released two months earlier. He talks about his then 15-year career, his relationship with Yankee manager Billy Martin and owner George Steinbrenner.
Nev asks Winfield if the animosity between the 12-time All Star and Steinbrenner had been smoothed over or pretty much the same.
“It’s pretty much the same but I try not to focus on it, “Winfield says. “He’s not a central figure by any means in my life story, but he’s mentioned and that’s where you heard all the big uproar.”
Winfield does credit Steinbrenner for putting together a good group of players, but calls the New York situation “a soap opera everyday."
Our live interview position at the old stadium was in front of the Indians’ first base dugout. Finding chairs to do a sit-down segment always proved a challenge and when chair were found, they had to be wiped clean of the red brick gravel used on the warning track.
The 1988 edition of the Tribe took two out of three games on the home stand, and then went to New York to lose three of four.
Manager Doc Edwards’ Tribe finished sixth, while the Yankees finished fifth. The Boston Red Sox won the seven-team American League East.
Winfield, a Hall of Famer, had an injury-plagued stint with the 1995 Indians.