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For the first time in nine years, the Cleveland Indians will be playing in the American League Division Series after winning the AL Central. The last time such a feat occurred, the Tribe beat the New York Yankees three games to one before falling to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. After that, the Tribe has only once reached the postseason, losing the Wild Card Game in 2013 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Those are postseason facts you probably already knew. They are ones that would be included in a normal playoff series preview. Other facts that would be probably be included in a regular preview are: the Tribe went 2-4 against the Red Sox this season, all-time the Indians hold an 11-8 advantage over Boston in the postseason, David Ortiz had a spectacular year, and the Indians are missing two of their three best starters.
However, this is not a regular series preview. It will not mention those things. If you would like to read a regular preview, our own Bob Toth will have one out on Thursday before Game 1. What follows is a unique look at the ALDS, featuring stats, splits, and trends you might not have thought about concerning the Tribe’s matchup versus the Red Sox.
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.
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.
October 4, 1948
Boston Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy has made a surprising choice for the American League playoff game today. Meanwhile, the Indians still have not made their choice.
Tribe skipper Lou Boudreau says he will not announce his starter until they go to the bullpen to warm up for the game. Most pundits believe it will be Bob Lemon, who last started on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. If not Lemon, then possibly Bob Feller, who did not finish the third inning when the Indians fell behind. Boudreau may have given Feller a quick hook to preserve his availability today. The Tribe skipper also feels Gene Bearden or several others are possibilities.
“Sure, Bob Lemon and Gene Bearden are possibilities,” Boudreau said. “But there are three others that could get the call.”
“No one’s going to know the pitcher until he walks out to take his warmup pitches,” Boudreau said.
It’s crowded at the top.
A big name star or personality may feel crowded by the people around them, but in the case of the Cleveland Indians they’re crowded by the top of the standings.
This afternoon the Indians lost 4-3 at the hands of the Detroit Tigers in front of 10,464 fans at Briggs Stadium. Bob Lemon was not at his best and wild with control early, while the Tribe offense could not muster a big inning despite three home runs. Freddie Hutchinson stifled the Tribe early and only allowed solo home runs through a cold, cutting wind.
September 24, 1948
If you were in Chicago this morning and heard something sounding like a bunch of change falling on the floor, it was just the American League determining home field for all their playoff scenarios.
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Coming off a huge 5-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox last night at Municipal Stadium the Cleveland Indians are starting to print World Series tickets.
The next week will determine if they are worth the paper they are printed on.
Cleveland wakes this morning with eight games remaining on the schedule and in a first place tie with Boston. The New York Yankees remain just one game behind the two leaders in third place. Many pundits believe the Tribe to be the favorite of the three teams, yet nothing is guaranteed.
The American League pennant race is deadlocked at the top with just eight games remaining.
Cleveland, who was four and a half games behind Boston just two weeks ago, tied the front-running Boston Red Sox for the lead in the American League with a 5-2 victory in front of 76,772 spectators on Don Black Night. Black is the Tribe’s fallen pitcher who has been hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage. He’ll receive approximately $40,380 of the gate receipts. The win extends the Indians’ current winning streak to seven games.
After 145 games, the Cleveland Indians have played many big games and key series this season. But tonight’s game is the Tribe’s newest, “game of the year.”
With just nine games remaining on the schedule the Indians and Boston Red Sox will meet for the 22nd and final time this season. Currently, the Red Sox lead the Indians by one game in the American League pennant chase. A win tonight for Cleveland will tie them with Boston in the standings with an eight game sprint remaining to the marathon season. A loss by the Tribe and they’ll be two back with just eight to play and a much more difficult road to the flag.
There was a lot of talk about the American League pennant around Briggs Stadium and the Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox were the only game on Tuesday’s American League schedule. The Red Sox used a six-run third inning to beat the Tigers 10-2, this afternoon and put Boston a full game ahead of the Tribe as they prepare for Wednesday night’s showdown at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Ted Gray was wild for the Tigers, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in just two innings. Tigers manager, Steve O’Neill, seemed disappointed in Gray’s effort but also that Detroit did not have a better starting pitcher to offer the pennant race this afternoon.
September 17, 1948
While Indians pitcher Don Black remains hospitalized at Charity Hospital in Cleveland while recuperating from a brain hemorrhage suffered during an at bat on Monday, the Cleveland Indians organization has reached out to help out their fallen player.
Friday morning, the Indians announced that Black would share in the receipts from the matchup between Cleveland and the Boston Red Sox in the first game of their series this coming Wednesday.
September 4, 1948
In a season that appears will go down to the final games or innings, the Indians may have several unfortunate moments to point back to if the pennant does not go their way.
Another one of those moments may have taken place in the fifth inning on Saturday afternoon when the St. Louis Browns erupted for three runs against Tribe starter Satchel Paige. It was the only inning the lowly Browns scored in regulation, but that outburst and a well-pitched game by Ned Garver, was enough to push the game to extras where the Browns won 4-3 in 10 innings in front of 17,092.