Today In Tribe History
Compiled by Jason Kaminski
The Cleveland Indians routs Seattle, 17 – 2, behind rookie pitcher C.C. Sabathia to take the lead in their American League Division Series. Omar Vizquel leads the Indians with four hits and six RBI – …
By Vince Guerrieri
The 1948 Indians had a formidable pitching lineup, including future hall of famers Bob Feller and Bob Lemon. Satchel Paige, a midseason signing and another future hall of famer, won six games down the stretch for the Indians. But 63 years ago today, on Oct. 4, 1948, player-manager Lou Boudreau went with Gene Bearden for the Indians’ 155th game of the year.
The Tribe would be playing the Boston Red Sox in a tiebreaker game at Fenway Park, in the first playoff in American League history. Bearden, a rookie knuckleballer, had won 19 games that season, but he was pitching on just a day’s rest, and as a lefthander, would have a tougher go of it at Fenway, with its short left field.