Video: One of Kenny Lofton’s greatest games

I was reading on Twitter this morning that it is Kenny Lofton’s birthday. That led me to go to YouTube to see if I could find the highlights for one particular game. I found it. Kenny had four hits, five steals and hit the walk-off homer to win the game in extra innings against the Orioles.

Happy 46th birthday to one of the greatest Cleveland Indians of all time. Now, bask in the highlights.

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  • Loui

    Favorite player of all time. He is really underrated by everyone outside of Cleveland.

  • MrCleaveland

    I always thought Kenny should have received at least some consideration for the HOF, but his first-ballot numbers were dismal and he’s no longer eligible (unless some old-timers committee of the future votes him in a couple decades from now). Loved having him at the top of the order and climbing the fence.

  • Harv 21

    Marvelous. With Albert in right field for the O’s and Robbie Alomar playing for us, this must have been 1999 or 2000.

    I was at a game in ’94 where Lofton just dominated in every way: hits, steals and distracting pitchers into mistakes, an acrobatic catch, throwing out a guy at the plate and a late home run. At the time I never thought that a guy who relied so heavily on speed to correct errors in fundamentals and who sometimes fell in love with a home-run swing could sustain his excellence for so long. But he shut my mouth. And loved how he loved the big moment, like some of his epic playoff at-bats against Randy Johnson.

  • ToxicToast

    I just wasted a lot of time watching Kenny Lofton videos on Youtube after seeing that.

  • JK

    I loved Kenny.. Why didn’t we just win one w those guys? :(

  • JK

    Also.. if you notice when Kenny hits that walk off there’s no one in the stands…


  • mgbode

    given the ages of some of us, I’ll bet there are quite a few of us with Muni memories of Kenny when he was among the only reasons to get excited about the team.

  • mgbode

    Craig, very timely on this game memory as well. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw that Ellsbury stole 5 bags last night. Maybe he was giving Lofton a birthday present :)

  • Griggs

    Wow what a game. Truly one of the greatest and most exciting Indians players to watch.

  • stin4u

    Still my favorite Indian of all time. 10x more deserving of a statue in CENTER FIELD *ahem* than Jim Thome. That move still astonishes and annoys me.

  • EJMaroun

    Yup. It’s from September 3, 2000. Here’s the full box score:

  • Harv 21

    I still think he was robbed of the ROY

  • mgbode

    but, Pat Listach played for a 92 win team. that makes him the better player even though he was less of a speed threat, less of a power threat, and didn’t play anywhere near the defense of Lofton.

    gotta love the old school voting.

  • JK

    Omar > Kenny > Thome

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Jacoby Ellsbury stole 5 bases last night for the mighty BoSox!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If he had won he’d have been jinxed a la Bob The Hammer Hamelin over Manny Ramirez.

  • mgbode

    you didn’t beat me to it this time sir.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Because they never had that one true stud SP despite more offensive talent then any other organization for years!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Those teams were great but honestly none of those guys deserve a statue especially if Feller and Doby don’t have one.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I saw but I thought is sounded better coming from the people’s champ! 😉


  • Bourn, Michael Bourn

    That catcher had a terrible arm… I would’ve stolen 6 bases.

  • mgbode

    yeah, but your people are in Boston. and nobody likes Boston :)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    My peeps b everywhere son including Houston which will soon have a chapter!


  • Harv 21

    I thought so too. I have a theory that borderline candidates who spend the second half of their careers as mercenaries – Lofton, Juliio Franco – kind of lose the passionate constituency which could promote them to the writers.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I wish Twitter had been around then and Paul Shuey had an account! 😉

  • Jason Hurley

    It seems that after a while, the catcher was trying to hit Lofton with the throw instead of get him out. Especially the last one.

  • Dave O’Neill

    What a special player

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Lofton was a beast but he wasn’t a hall of famer.

  • Adam Copeland

    My favorite Kenny Lofton memories – him sliding into home plate to score the winning run in the epic 12 run comeback against the Mariners in 2001 and Eddie Taubensee hoisting him up on his shoulders ( and Kenny scoring from 2nd on a Randy Johnson wild pitch in the 1995 ALCS: (

  • acmay

    Bob Feller has a statue outside the Jake!