Odd ball: Indians chase win streak record that includes tie
CLEVELAND » As they climb toward baseball history with every win, the streaking Cleveland Indians are chasing a hallowed, 101-year-old record that includes an asterisk. A major league asterisk. The 26-game winning string by the 1916 New York Giants includes a tie.
“I think I knew that,” Indians closer Cody Allen said.
Not everyone is aware of the peculiarity. And as the Indians, who on Monday night extended the longest winning streak in 15 years to 19 straight, have moved into position to threaten New York’s revered mark, questions have arisen as to why a team that won 12 consecutive games, played a tie and then ripped off 14 more wins in a row would have the record.
It’s simple. It’s complicated. It’s baseball.