On July 1, 1951, Bob Feller made major league history, throwing his third career no-hitter.
Eleven days later, Feller was on the short end of another no-hitter – at the hands of a former teammate.
A crowd of 39,195 had settled in for a pitcher’s duel between Feller and Allie Reynolds. The Tribe was in fourth place, 4 ½ games behind the league-leading Red Sox and three behind the Yankees, then in third.
May 11, 1948
Baseball is often a game of inches or hinges on just a couple of plays to determine the outcome. Both were true Tuesday afternoon, as the Yankees snapped the Indians’ five-game winning streak and extended their own win streak to four games with a 4-1 defeat of the Tribe.
It was a game of inches and close plays not made by the Tribe that made the difference. Former Tribesmen Allie Reynolds got the best of his former team, but Bob Lemon matched him nearly pitch-for-pitch in a game that was much closer than the scoreboard indicated.
Future Cleveland Indians pitcher Allie Reynolds is born in Bethany, Oklahoma.
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On the third day of May, Cleveland left fielder Dale Mitchell was still working his way into a regular spot in the Indians lineup.
Nearly two months later, he is one of the most feared hitters in baseball.
It is hard to pinpoint exactly what changed for Mitchell at the plate, but regular playing time certainly seemed to provide him with the eye and opportunity in the batter’s box.
August 27, 1948
With a Friday doubleheader in New York to make up a previous rain out, it looked like the Indians had a chance to tie the Boston Red Sox for first place this afternoon with a free game to make ground.
Boston won their game this afternoon against the Chicago White Sox, keeping a half game ahead when the Indians won the first game in the Bronx 8-1, but the BoSox from Beantown would be defenseless as they sit idle tonight to another Indians’ win. However, sometimes the best defense is none at all. The Indians fell behind early and never recovered, losing the Yankees 7-2 in the second game of the twin bill.
Losers of two of three in Boston, the Indians left Beantown last night and headed for New York to start their next, “biggest series of the season.”
The Tribe’s three game series at Fenway Park was the last series the two teams will play this season. They have one game remaining against one another on Sept. 22 in Cleveland. After winning just one game of the series the Indians have slipped a half game behind Boston for first place and now only lead the New York Yankees by a half game for second place.
June 21, 1948
After an exciting afternoon yesterday where 82,871 saw the Indians sweep the Philadelphia Athletics, the city was riding high. Some of that air might have been taken out of the sail this evening for the meager 49,837 who showed up when the New York Yankees arrived to town and throttled the Tribe 13-2.
Cleveland fell behind early and could not recover, as the Yankees pounded out 18 hits in their rout. The loss by the Tribe pulls the streaking Yankees back to within two and one-half games of the top of the standings. New York, winners of four in a row, were six games back just eight days ago.
June 12, 1948
In a seesaw battle between the Yankees and Indians, the Tribe was able to get a strong outing from Ed Klieman out of the bullpen to give them the final upswing in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Gene Bearden did not complete five full innings and the Indians needed to rally in the later innings to win 7-5. Joe Gordon and Ken Keltner keyed the late scoring with two RBI each. Gordon’s two RBIs came by way of his sixth home run of the season.
May 23, 1948
Big time players rise to the occasion on a big time stage.
The Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio rose higher than the Indians’ Bob Feller in front of the second largest crowd to ever watch a big league baseball game, and the biggest ever in Cleveland. DiMaggio hit three home runs and drove in all six runs for New York, while Feller could not hold an early four-run lead with 78,431 in the seats.
“I hit three once before,” DiMaggio said. “It was so long ago, I don’t remember the other team. I know it wasn’t Cleveland though.” DiMaggio hit three home runs once before, at St. Louis on June 13, 1937.