The 1902 team was led by three 20 game winners during the first year of the American Association Winning the first ever American Association title, the Indians were instantly the team to beat in the A.A. By the time they moved to Washington Park II however, they were the perhaps the team that was most "beatable". They still
had one good pitcher in the name of Clyde Goodwin (23-12) who would play for the Washington Senators, but the Indians finished the season with a 69-83 record while Tom McCreery hit 19 2B, 14 3B and batted .303. That was a step up from the 1906 season which saw 96 losses come to Washington Park at the hands of future St. Louis Browns' Red Fisher (10-22) and former Cleveland Indians' Jack Hickey (7-19). The club began to see a change for the positive side in 1907. They still lost 81 games but the pendulum was swinging the other way now thanks to Charlie Carr who batted .315 with 25 2B and 10 3B. By 1908, the Indians were poised to strike… and did they ever.