CLEVELAND - Indians' pitching great Bob Feller threw out the first pitch and the venerable Rocco Scotti sang the national anthem as the Cleveland Indians held their final home opener April 5, 1993.
The final home opener at Cleveland Stadium was intended to be a glorious celebration, but tears were mixed with the cheers following the deaths of two pitchers.
Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident during the team's spring training in Florida. The two men were remembered at the opener, their wives given their husbands' uniform and a moment of silence was observed.
WEWS reporter Lou Maglio covered the ceremonies and talked to Scotti after he sang. Scotti would not sing for an Indians game again while Dick Jacobs owned the team.
The team moved to Jacobs Field in 1994. Jacobs sold the team to Larry Dolan, who invited Scotti to sing the national anthem at the 2001 opener. Click here to see Scotti's April 2001 accident that nearly caused him to miss singing at Jacobs Field.
Charlie Nagy pitched the 1993 Opening Day game and would be the loser, giving up three home runs, as the Tribe lost to the Yankees 9-1 in front of 73,290.
I've added a bit of a pre-game parade presenting the different decades of Indians baseball. You'll see Rick Manning and an interview with Mel Harder. Harder pitched the very first game at Municipal Stadium July 31, 1932. Harder died in 2002.