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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 16, 2017

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Today in Tribe History: October 11, 1948

October 11, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians are champions of the baseball world for the second time in club history as they hold on to defeat the Boston Braves by a 4-3 final at Braves Field. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 8, 1948

October 8, 2017 |

The city of Cleveland hosts a World Series game for the first time since 1920, as the Indians play the Boston Braves in Game 3 at Cleveland Stadium. A crowd of 70,306 is treated to a pitching display from rookie left-hander Gene Bearden, who blanks the Braves on five hits in a complete game 2-0 shutout. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 11, 1948

October 11, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians are champions of the baseball world for the second time in club history as they held on to defeat the Boston Braves by a 4-3 final at Braves Field. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 8, 1948

October 8, 2016 |

The city of Cleveland hosts a World Series game for the first time since 1920, as the Indians play the Boston Braves in Game 3 at Cleveland Stadium. A crowd of 70,306 is treated to a pitching display from rookie left-hander Gene Bearden, who blanks the Braves on five hits in a complete game 2-0 shutout. Read More

After the Cleveland Indians’ 1948 Season (Part 2)

April 3, 2016 |

This is the second of three installments of “After the Cleveland Indians’ 1948 Season”, the final chapter of the 1948 season review. See Part 1 here.

Bob Lemon had the first of seven 20-win seasons for the Indians in 1948. He became a mainstay of the pitching staff through the 1950s. His 1950 season was one for the ages, going 23-11 and leading the league in wins, innings (288), starts (37), complete games (22) and strikeouts (170). He won 23 games again in 1954 as the Indians rolled to the pennant. He retired in 1958 with a career record of 207-128, and had a successful career as a manager. He managed the Royals, was hired by Bill Veeck to manage the White Sox, and was named AL Manager of the Year in 1977.

After he was fired by Veeck in 1978, he became the Yankees manager, hired by George Steinbrenner and reunited with Al Rosen. The Yankees won the World Series that year and Lemon was named manager of the year again. But his son’s death in a car accident cast a pall on the 1979 season for him, and he was fired 25 games into the season. Lemon came back to manage the Yankees in 1981, as they won the pennant. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976, and his number 21 was retired by the Indians in 1998. He died in 2000. 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

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

Bearden Masterful, Tribe Takes Series Lead; Indians 2, Braves 0

March 28, 2016 |

October 8, 1948

Cleveland Indians rookie pitcher Gene Bearden is making quite a name for himself, as he pitched the Tribe’s third straight outstanding game in defeating the Boston Braves, 2-0, and giving the Indians a 2-1 advantage in the World Series in the process.

Bearden used the pinpoint control of his knuckleball to work through the Boston batters, allowing just five hits and no walks in his complete game shutout. The Braves, like the Indians, got excellent pitching as well, but did not get the defensive support from the position players. The Tribe got their first run gift wrapped for them in the third inning, then had to work for one in the fourth.

The starter for Boston, rookie right-hander Vern Bickford, pitched well but was on a short leash from Braves manager Billy Southworth. Bickford worked only three and one-third innings, allowing just the one earned and one unearned run before being pulled in favor of the Boston bullpen. Relievers Bill Voiselle and Red Barrett did an excellent job of shutting the Indians down and keeping the Braves in the ballgame. It was not to be for Boston, however, as Bearden and the Tribe made the two early runs stand up. Read More

The World Series is Back in Cleveland – Series Tied 1-1

March 28, 2016 |

October 8, 1948

Large crowds. Cold, rainy weather. Ticket scalpers making profits. An electric atmosphere.

Welcome back Tribe…this time, it’s for all the marbles.

Today, for the first time since October 12, 1920, the city of Cleveland will host a World Series game. The Tribe will take on the National League’s Boston Braves on baseball’s biggest stage with the series tied at one game apiece. 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