- Bob Feller, the right-hand man of the Tribe's winning '54 season.
How good were the Indians 50 years ago? Bob Feller (center) was the team's No. 5 starter, and he finished the season with a 13-3 record. That's how good the Indians were that year. "The general feeling was that we were going to cruise into that World Series [against the New York Giants] and sweep it," recalls the 85-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher. "Well, there was a sweep, but it was the other way around." The Tribe pays tribute to that winning season with a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1954 Indians at Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The first 20,000 fans through the gates get a commemorative baseball. A pregame ceremony trots out surviving players of the team that held the record for most American League victories (111) for more than four decades. "We had a great team that year," says Feller. "We just got beaten by a better team over those four games." Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Jacobs Field, 2401 Ontario Street. Tickets are $5 to $40; call 216-420-4487. -- Steve Albanese
Nothing "Soft" About It
The Akron Racers women's-softball team is going into the National Pro Fastpitch Tournament this weekend as slight underdogs, but Iyhia McMichael knows the score. The 22-year-old outfielder leads the league with a .353 batting average and 29 regular-season runs scored. But McMichael is still cautious of the competition: the league-leading Texas Thunder, the New York/New Jersey Juggernauts, and the New England Riptide. "In order to beat [Texas], we have to put runs on the board early," says McMichael, who led the NCAA last year with a .481 batting average at Mississippi State. "We'll have to score first and score often." The playoffs are at 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; the three-game championship is at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday at Firestone Stadium, 1575 Firestone Parkway in Akron. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Call 330-376-8188 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
East Side Shuffle
Sunday's Race For Me Biathlon & Walk sure does offer some pretty scenery. The ninth annual outing -- a run and bike tour through East Side 'burbs, including Beachwood, Pepper Pike, and Shaker, University, and Mayfield heights -- "is the only one where you can run 3 miles, then bike 13," says spokeswoman Rona Greenwald. "Plus, it's less competitive and more fun." It all culminates in a picnic with massage therapists, kids' stuff, and barbecue. Check-in is from 7 to 8:15 a.m.; action starts at 8:30 a.m. at Bellefaire JCB, 22201 Fairmount Boulevard in Shaker Heights. Registration is $17. Call 216-320-8324 for more information. -- Lucy McKernan