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October 11, 1948
As the Indians clinched their first World Series championship in 28 years, the celebration started on the field but spilled into the clubhouse and lasted much of the evening in Cleveland.
Clevelanders are getting used to celebrating championships as this is their third trophy in the last ten months. The Cleveland Barons hockey team won last April and the Cleveland Browns football team were champions in December. But for the Indians, the drought of 28 years seems like an eternity for veteran players and a generation of fans.
It was a special feeling for outfielder Bob Kennedy to catch the final out of the season and bring the World Series crown to Cleveland. Kennedy was dealt to Cleveland in May for outfielder Pat Seerey. Kennedy left the last place Chicago White Sox for the first place Indians.
October 11, 1948
The Cleveland Indians are World Series Champions.
For the first time in 28 seasons, the Tribe stand on top of the baseball world as they defeated the Boston Braves 4-3 at Braves Field this afternoon in front of 40,103. The game was a microcosm of the Indians’ season, good offense and starting pitching but a late rally by the opposition tested the Tribe’s mettle and Gene Bearden saved the day.
October 11, 1948
Hopefully the Cleveland Indians are very comfortable in their own clothes. For many of them, the shirt on their back is all their taking with them back to Boston.
Yesterday, the Indians suffered an 11-5 defeat in Game Five, forcing the two teams back to Boston for this afternoon’s game at Braves Field. Most Tribe players did not pack in advance, fearing they would jinx their performance and hoping they would be able to clinch at home in front of the Cleveland fans.
“We had better finish it tomorrow and come back home. This is all I’ve got with me,” said one of the players, pulling out a pocket comb.
Indians fans proved today that they are some of the most passionate and patient fans this afternoon.
While the two may not go together, the record-setting crowd of 86,288 packed Cleveland Stadium to the Tribe’s first World Series crown in 28 years, but instead will have to wait at least another day. The fans’ patience were tested again today just as they were a week ago when Cleveland had chances to clinch the pennant but could not.
Instead, the largest crowd ever to see a baseball game saw its best pitcher of this generation get tagged for seven runs from the Boston Braves in six and one-third innings. Bob Feller fell behind early and could not hold the lead when Cleveland battled back, eventually falling in a rout in Game Five, 11-5. The Indians and Braves will board trains at 5:30 this afternoon from Union Terminal and return to Boston for tomorrow’s Game Six. The Indians still lead the series three games to two.
While no reports have been substantiated, Cleveland police and Major League Baseball have provided protection for World Series umpire Bill Stewart.
Stewart has made three controversial calls in the World Series—all going the favor of the Boston Braves. The first …
October 9, 1948
When Larry Doby lifted the World Series’ first homerun while starting pitcher Steve Gromek was carving up the Boston Braves lineup, Cleveland Mayor Thomas Burke said to Boston Mayor James Curley, “Your honor, I can just about taste those baked beans.”
This is according to The Plain Dealer, who reported a bet that had occurred between the mayors of the two cities. The mayor of Tribe-town would receive 100 pots of baked beans while the Beantown mayor would get a wooden Indian if their respective cities won the World Series. Gromek and Doby put Burke one victory away from a truckload of beans when they defeated the Braves 2-1 in Game Four.