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The Cleveland Browns have dominated the airwaves in the city over the majority of the last month while the team searched for its new head coach, less than one year after the hiring of recently dismissed coach Rob Chudzinski.
On Thursday, the team announced the signing of former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as the new head coach for an organization that has consistently struggled and of late has become the butt of jokes around the nation.
One of the key qualities that Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslem III was looking for in his coaching search was a proven winner. While Pettine has yet to lead a professional team as a head coach, the same could not be said about the Cleveland Indians’ dugout leadership provided by manager Terry Francona prior to his hire last offseason.
August 15, 1948
Cleveland’s Bob Lemon became baseball’s first 16-game winner this season behind an 8-0 complete game shutout of the White Sox on Sunday, completing the series sweep in Chicago.
Lemon (16-10) has shut out the Sox twice this season and has seven total on the year.
He allowed singles in the first and second innings and erased the runners on a caught stealing and a double play. In the third, he allowed a pair of two-out hits with no damage and, in the fourth, allowed the White Sox to load the bases with two outs before striking out Mike Tresh to end the inning.
August 15, 1948
Cleveland made three early runs stand and Bob Feller went the distance on the mound as the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, 6-2.
The Indians were the recipient of some sloppy and careless baseball in the first inning against Chicago’s Bill Wight. After a pair of flyouts to start the inning, Lou Boudreau tripled to right center field. Wight walked Eddie Robinson and Joe Gordon to load the bases, and Larry Doby unloaded them with a double to left to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. Ken Keltner was walked and both he and Doby advanced a base on a balk by Wight. Catcher Jim Hegan was intentionally walked with first base open and Feller stepping to the plate, and the move paid off for manager Ted Lyons, as Feller struck out to prevent further damage.
News out of the Dominican Republic on Friday from ESPN Deportes added a little more mystery to the Cleveland Indians’ plans on the field for the regular season.
The former backstop has added the hot corner to the list of his job responsibilities this winter, hardly a new piece of information at this point in the offseason. Santana’s belief that he would receive more regular playing time at third base was much more the surprise.
August 14, 1948
The Indians did all of their scoring in their first at bats of the game off of Gettel. Dale Mitchell singled to center to start things off. Hal Peck reached on an error at second, as Don Kolloway had the ball go right between his legs. Lou Boudreau singled to right to score Mitchell with the first run.
A sacrifice from Eddie Robinson moved both runners up into scoring position. Joe Gordon punched a two-run double to left to make it 3-0 Cleveland. A groundout from Larry Doby moved Gordon to third, and Ken Keltner drove him in with a single to center. The eighth man to bat, Jim Hegan, popped up to second to end the inning with a 4-0 lead.
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.