Posts By Vince Guerrieri
August 22, 1948
Bob Feller’s bad summer continues.
The former Indians ace, once the most feared pitcher in the major leagues, got tagged for five runs – but only three earned, as the Cleveland defense committed three errors behind him – as the Tribe dropped the first game of a doubleheader 8-1 to the White Sox. The loss drops Rapid Robert to 12-14.
In the Indians’ eight games previous, the opposition had scored a total of seven runs.
August 21, 1948
Fans at Saturday’s game were treated to Ladies’ Night and watching the Indians set a new record for scoreless innings as Bob Lemon piled up goose eggs for eight straight innings.
But fans were also treated – if that’s the word – to watching Lemon give up back-to-back home runs to Aaron Robinson and Dave Philley as the shutout and then the game slipped away. The White Sox beat the Indians 3-2 to snap the Tribe’s eight-game win streak.
August 20, 1948
There are those who derided Bill Veeck’s signing of Satchel Paige from the Negro Leagues as nothing more than a publicity stunt.
And while fans are coming out in droves to see Satch pitch for the Tribe, the ageless wonder has proven to be more than effective as a spot starter.
Paige got one run of support from the Indians offense, but it was all he needed as he threw a three-hitter against the White Sox at Municipal Stadium. The Indians won 1-0, their eighth win in a row and their eighth straight against the Pale Hose. A crowd of 78,382 – a major league record for a night game – witnessed Paige’s second start in Cleveland.
In 1988, Skip Griparis auditioned for a baseball movie in his hometown of Chicago. The movie, a comedy about a terrible baseball team that suddenly got its act together, would film in Milwaukee.
Griparis, a comedian and musician, brought his …
For years, “Major League” has occupied a special place in Indians fans hearts.
The 1989 film – about a callous owner’s efforts to move the Indians and a ragtag bunch of has-beens and never-will-bes rising up to win in defiance …
This year marks Jack Morris’ penultimate shot at being elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
If he gets the call from the hall Wednesday, he probably will be best remembered as a Tiger. Morris began his career inauspiciously in Detroit, getting booed by fans at Tiger Stadium hungry to see Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. Morris spent 14 of his 17-year career in the Detroit, throwing his only no-hitter for the Tigers in 1984 on the way to a 19-11 finish in the regular season, augmented with three postseason wins as the Motor City Kitties led the American League East wire to wire on the way to their last World Series win to date.
At first glance, Lou Brissie’s major league career doesn’t look very impressive.
Brissie, whose seven-year career included three with the Indians, went 44-48 with a 4.07 career ERA, one All-Star Game appearance and no postseason experience.
But Brissie, who died last month at the age of 89, had an amazing career just by making it to the major leagues.
July 16, 1948
The Sporting News is renowned as the Bible of baseball, and with good reason. But their comments in the July 14 edition were nothing shy of heresy.
The Sporting News derided Bill Veeck’s signing of ageless Negro League wonder Satchel Paige as a publicity stunt.
“The Sporting News believes that Veeck has gone too far in his quest for publicity, and that he has done his league’s position absolutely no good insofar as public reaction is concerned,” they wrote. “To bring in a pitching ‘rookie’ of Paige’s age casts reflections on the entire scheme of operation in the major leagues.
In 1979, Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez shared National League Most Valuable Player honors with Willie Stargell, leading the league with a .344 batting average
Four years later, he was dealt to the Mets, his cocaine use becoming a distraction …
July 4, 1948
On Independence Day, it’s a point of pride to see the professional sports integrated.
And the city of Cleveland is leading the way.
One year ago, team owner Bill Veeck signed Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League, the first player to go directly from the Negro Leagues to the Major Leagues. Doby’s been kept out of the lineup for the past week, but Cleveland fans have supported Doby, be it out of colorblindness or the kind of acceptance on merit that can only come from a city that hasn’t seen a pennant winner since the early days of Prohibition.