Today in Tribe History: June 30, 1948
Bob Toth | On 30, Jun 2015
1948 – Bob Lemon lobs the ninth no-hitter in franchise history as the Cleveland Indians defeat the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, at Briggs Stadium.
Lemon, in his first season exclusively as a pitcher after doing double duty as an outfielder in his first few seasons in the Majors, notched his league-leading eleventh win of the season in limiting the Tigers to just three walks on the day. It was the eleventh complete game for the Tribe hurler on the year and his fourth shutout. With four strikeouts, he moved past teammate Bob Feller for the American League lead.
The Indians provided all the runs that Lemon would need in the first inning, when Lou Boudreau doubled home Dale Mitchell, who had reached on an error to lead off the inning. A sacrifice fly from Hank Edwards made it a 2-0 game. Art Houtteman, the Detroit starter, matched Lemon with a complete game effort, but despite allowing just two unearned runs, was dealt the tough luck loss, his tenth of the year.
Cleveland had just five hits off of Houtteman, including a pair of singles and a stolen base from Mitchell, who was on base three times in four at bats and made an amazing catch in the fourth crashing into the bleachers. First baseman Johnny Berardino singled and received the final out of the game, an underhand toss from Lemon, who had fielded a comebacker from George Kell to wrap up his gem.