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August 13, 1948
A record crowd packed in to Comiskey Park in Chicago on Friday night to watch the White Sox host the Cleveland Indians.
Fans of baseball were not disappointed, as Satchel Paige threw a dominating five-hit complete game shutout as the Indians defeated the White Sox, 5-0, to move back into first place in the American League.
Both starting pitchers, Paige for the Tribe and Randy Gumpert for the Sox, held the opposition in check through the early portions of the game. Paige allowed just a two-out first inning single to Luke Appling through the first four innings. Joe Gordon singled and was erased on a force in the second for the Indians and a pair of fourth inning singles was deleted on an inning-ending double play, preventing Lou Boudreau from scoring from third.
August 13, 1948
The surprising acquisition of Satchel Paige by Bill Veeck and the Cleveland Indians has not gone unnoticed around the league. While the move to add the ageless wonder and legend has garnered its share of attention, his efforts on the mound have done plenty to back up the move, as he has given the Indians bullpen a legitimate arm.
Through his first eleven games representing Cleveland in the Major Leagues, Paige has a 3-1 mark with a 2.15 ERA. He has primarily appeared in relief roles, pitching in ten ball games and finishing three of them while allowing runs in just three games. He has come in with leads to hold, come in to keep deficits to a minimum, and has even saved his manager Lou Boudreau and the rest of his bullpen mates in a close game two games ago against the St. Louis Browns, pitching nearly three innings of relief in a two-run game.
As expected, the announcement of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame class, set for a summer induction into Cooperstown, did not come without its fair share of drama this year. It has become a norm as new members of the Steroid Era reach their five-year eligibility threshold.
A trio of deserving stars of the 1990’s were selected on their first appearances on the ballot, joining Veteran Committee nominees and successful legendary managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, and Joe Torre. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, teammates for ten years with the Atlanta Braves under Cox from 1993 through 2002, and slugger Frank Thomas all exceeded the 429 votes (75%) needed for enshrinement.
Four former Indians were on the ballot for this season and only one will survive to move onto next year’s selection options. Neither of Richie Sexson and Sean Casey received votes on the 571 total ballots submitted. Jack Morris, who pitched his final Major League season with the Indians in 1994, fell 78 votes short in his 15th and final year of eligibility.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce the results for the 2014 Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, January 8th, and several former Cleveland Indians are among the players eligible for induction.
Despite several former Tribe players on the ballot this year, the odds are slim that the Indians add new Hall of Famers to their current list of 31 former players and seven managers who donned a Cleveland uniform prior to their enshrinement in Cooperstown.
July 29, 1948
The series is a great opportunity for the Indians to make up ground in the American League against the Red Sox, who have been the hottest team in baseball.
Boston has taken each of the last seven matchups between the two ball clubs after Cleveland took six of the first seven games of the season against them.
July 28, 1948
A costly error by Cleveland center fielder Larry Doby allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score in the eighth inning, as the Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Indians by a 4-3 score.
Doby was seen with his head buried in his hands in front of his locker well after the game. He overcharged a fly ball to shallow left-center field by Philadelphia’s Don White and lost the ball in the sun. The ball glanced off of the tip of his glove and bounced off of his head, allowing both Barney McCosky and Ray Coleman to score the deciding runs with two outs in the inning.
July 28, 1948
Normally, the notion of home cooking does people some good.
The contrary has been true this season for the Cleveland Indians, who entered this week’s 12-game home stand at an even 20 wins and 20 losses in 40 games on the lakefront this season.
For those unwilling to do the math at home, it means that the Indians have a record of 31-16 on the road. Winning two out of every three road matchups is an impressive feat for any length of the season, let alone after nearly three months of the schedule are in the books.
July 27, 1948
In an unexpected turn of events, Bob Feller replaced Ed Klieman as Tuesday’s starter and won for the first time since July 7th as the Indians moved back into second place with a 10-5 win over the Philadelphia Athletics.
The win did not come easy for the Cleveland hurler, who was lauded with cheers to start the game from the crowd of 60,260, only to be berated with a chorus of jeers after giving up a game-tying grand slam half way through the game. The club did not give any clue that Feller would be replacing Klieman until he began his warm ups on the field 15 minutes prior to the start of the 8:30 game. He hung around long enough to earn the victory and handed the ball to Klieman to close out the ball game.
It was not business as usual for one of the three professional sports franchises in Cleveland in 2013.
What a year it was for the Cleveland Indians and their fans, at least those who still supported the Dolans and their franchise. Say what you will about the final results, the team took a gigantic step forward in 2013, improving their record on the field by 24 wins with an exciting new-look team and a brand new brain trust in the dugout.
Did The Tribe Win Last Night was there every step of the way and covered all of the highs and the lows throughout the season, with a few fun projects along the way.
July 27, 1948
In each of his last five full seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Bob Feller has been a 20-game winner. He has been an All-Star, an MVP candidate, the face of a franchise, and has routinely led the league in wins and starts.
Despite a laundry list of accolades, the 29-year-old pitcher has not appeared quite himself this year. The flamethrowing right-hander has seen more than his fair share of struggles on the mound this season.
July 26, 1948
Cleveland Indians manager Lou Boudreau adjusted his batting lineup earlier in the month, hoping to elicit more consistent production from the heart of the order.
The top of the order remained largely unchanged, as Dale Mitchell was followed by Larry Doby, as has been the preference for the Tribe skipper over the last few weeks. Boudreau, however, moved himself out of the three-hole, probably his better suited spot in the lineup, into the cleanup spot, due to the lack of production he was seeing from Eddie Robinson and, before him, Joe Gordon.
This past week marked the 94th anniversary of the sale of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees, starting a period of Boston history known to sports fans as the “Curse of the Bambino”.
The Yankees would appear in seven World Series contests in Ruth’s 15 years in the Big Apple, winning four. The Red Sox would not win another championship until the Terry Francona-led Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004. It was their first since the Ruth-led Sox won three titles in four years, culminating in their 1918 victory in six games over the Chicago Cubs.
The city of Cleveland has been marred in a slump of its own for the last 49 years. With the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers performing at a level further away from the playoffs than their respective fans may have desired, all hopes may be falling upon the Cleveland Indians.