Chicago Cubs “nemeses” Indian’s Kluber and Francona have Birmingham connections

Birmingham-born Cory Kluber
Birmingham-born Cory Kluber

Tonight, at the local sports bar, when you are watching the Chicago Cubs fight for their World Series survival against the Cleveland Indians – here is a bit of Birmingham trivia.

Where was Indians pitcher Corey Kluber (2 wins and only 1 run allowed in 12 innings) and odds on favorite to win the Series MVP born?

Answer:  Birmingham, Alabama

Another tidbit – One of Indians manager Terry Francona’s first managerial jobs was with the Birmingham Barons. In 1994, he managed a pretty famous basketball player that summer named Michael Jordan.


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