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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 23, 2018

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Posts By Mike B.

Boudreau Wins Most Valuable Player Award in American League

April 2, 2016 |

November 25, 1948

This afternoon the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Lou Boudreau as the Most Valuable Player of the American League.

Boudreau, the Indians player-manager, led the 1948 Tribe to the World Series crown last month. On the field, he hit .355, with 18 home runs and 106 runs batted in in 152 games. All three numbers were career highs for the Tribe’s shortstop. Off the field, the 30-year-old manager helped guide the Indians to their first World Series crown in 28 years. Read More

Tribe Celebrates World Championship with Fans Before Heading Home

April 1, 2016 |

October 12, 1948

This morning the Cleveland Indians arrived home from Boston, victors of the 1948 World Series, and received a heroes’ parade upon their arrival.

A dozen slow moving vehicles carrying Indians players and personnel traveled from the Cleveland Terminal to University Circle. It was estimated that between 200,000 and 500,000 fans turned out to honor the first baseball championship in Cleveland in 28 years. Fans lined both sides of the street and threw paper and held signs from building windows.

While it seems reasonable that future pennants will be won and future players will become stars, this championship and squad seems special in that regardless of nationality or background, Clevelanders had a player on the team that embodied their morals and beliefs. Read More

Tribe Celebrates Championship From Clubhouse to Public Square

March 31, 2016 |

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 was 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. Read More

INDIANS WIN WORLD SERIES!!!!!!! Indians 4, Braves 3

March 31, 2016 |

October 11, 1948

As Bob Kennedy circled around a routine fly ball by Tommy Holmes and squeezed the final out this afternoon, he concluded the end of anything but a routine season for the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians are World Series Champions. Read More

Tribe Hoping to Be in Boston for Just One Day

March 31, 2016 |

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. Read More

Boston Fights Off Elimination, Tags Feller; Braves 11, Indians 5

March 30, 2016 |

October 10, 1948

This afternoon, Indians fans proved that they are some of the most passionate and patient fans.

While the two may not go together, the record-setting crowd of 86,288 packed Cleveland Stadium for the Tribe’s first World Series crown in 28 years, but instead will have to wait at least another day. The fans’ patience was 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. Read More

Umpire Stewart Receives Police Protection After Third Controversial Call

March 30, 2016 |

October 10, 1948

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 two calls have already been proven to incorrect by evidence from photographers. Film has yet to be produced to prove Stewart’s correctness on the third play. Read More

Boudreau’s Selection of Bearden Was Secret But Easy Choice

March 25, 2016 |

October 5, 1948

Beaten and dejected Sunday afternoon the Indians quickly learned upon reaching the clubhouse at Municipal Stadium that the Boston Red Sox had completed their 10-5 victory over the New York Yankees and tied the Indians for the top spot in the American League.

The Indians would have to board a train that evening for Boston and take on the Red Sox in Fenway Park the following afternoon. A two-game lead with three games to play had been squandered and some of the second-guessing that has followed Indians manager Lou Boudreau the last couple seasons was in the air. Read More

Tribe Celebrates In Clubhouse After Clincher

March 24, 2016 |

October 4, 1948

When Eddie Robinson caught Ken Keltner’s throw from the grass of the Fenway Park infield the Indians had officially clinched the American League pennant and a summer of tension and pressure finally burst loose.

Indians starter Gene Bearden started to saunter off the mound toward the first base dugout but Keltner and Robinson quickly mobbed him, followed there after by catcher Jim Hegan. Soon the bullpen and the rest of the team spilled on to the field and took part in the celebration as they carried Bearden off the field in front of the 33,957 dejected fans. Read More

Bearden’s Surprise Start and Three Homers Send Tribe to Series; Indians 8, Red Sox 3

March 24, 2016 |

October 4, 1948

After five and a half months and 155 big games, the Cleveland Indians finally won their biggest game of the season and clinched the American League pennant.

The Tribe’s Gene Bearden used an array of knuckleballs to keep the Boston Red Sox off balance most of the afternoon and Lou Boudreau and Ken Keltner provided the necessary offense to give Cleveland an 8-3 victory in a winner-take-all one game playoff. Bearden’s start was kept secret until this morning and was not confirmed until he went to the bullpen to warm up in front of the 33,957 Boston fans.

Bearden’s fine effort on the mound was rewarded with his jubilant teammates carrying him off the field. Had all the stars of this game been carried off the field, there would not have been enough teammates left to do the hoisting. Read More

Tribe Routed Early, Will Face Boston in One-Game Playoff Tomorrow; Tigers 7, Indians 1

March 23, 2016 |

October 3, 1948

The pennant winning party scheduled for all weekend set over the horizon of Lake Erie without even a single champagne pop.

As the Detroit Tigers headed west with their season complete, the Cleveland Indians were set to travel east to Boston. However, after today’s 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Bengals, the Indians will not be headed Beantown to take on the Braves in the World Series. Instead, Cleveland will battle the Boston Red Sox for a 23rd time this season in a one-game playoff Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

It is the first time in the American League’s 48-year history that two teams tied after 154 games. It’s only the second time in baseball history.

“The loss didn’t get (us) down,” Indians manager Lou Boudreau said after the game. “The boys just feel they’re going to Boston a day early.” Read More

Feller the One to Pitch Tribe to Pennant

March 23, 2016 |

October 3, 1948

The Baseball Gods sometimes have a twisted sense of humor, but this time it looks like fate got it just right.

This afternoon Bob Feller will walk to the mound in Municipal Stadium with a chance to send the Cleveland Indians to the World Series for the first time in 28 years. One of the greatest pitchers in the franchise’s history has the chance to add a special line to legacy with a win this afternoon.

“He’s as good a pitcher right now as he has ever been,” Lou Boudreau declared. “Maybe he’s better than ever. I believe he’ll win. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t start him.” Read More