Larry Doby settled into the outfield in Cleveland Stadium and was called the best center fielder in the game by the Sporting News in 1950. Doby led the American League with 32 home runs and 126 RBI as the Indians won the pennant in 1954.
He was traded to Chicago after the 1955 season, and spent two years at Comiskey before coming back to Cleveland. The Indians traded him to Detroit in 1959 for Tito Francona. Doby was the first black player for the Tigers. Bill Veeck traded midseason for him to play for the White Sox that year as well.
Doby, the second black player in the majors, also became the second black manager. Doby was a coach for the Indians when he was bypassed for Frank Robinson, the first black manager, and went to Chicago, where he was reunited once again with Veeck. He became the Pale Hose manager in 1978 after Veeck fired Bob Lemon, and resigned after the 1979 season.
August 2, 1948
Hank Edwards, the outfielder who grew up in Norwalk, Ohio, has finished his season prematurely thanks to an injury sustained in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader.
In the top of the third inning, Edwards leapt high and robbed Boston first baseman Stan Spence of a three-run home run in Cleveland’s important 12-2 victory. The injury comes at the worst possible time for Edwards and the Indians, as the Tribe currently sits in second place, just one game behind front-running Philadelphia and just percentage points ahead of both Boston and the New York Yankees.
August 1, 1948
Indians right fielder Hank Edwards was taken to Lakeside Hospital to treat an injured shoulder during the third inning of Sunday’s first game, too early to see his ball club steamroll the once-red hot Red Sox by a score of 12-2.
Edwards made an outstanding, acrobatic catch to rob Boston’s Stan Spence of a three-run home run and saved the Tribe’s momentum as well. Edwards crashed into the outfield wall just in front of the Cleveland bullpen, but held on for the third out of the inning. Early signs on the injury do not look good.
July 24, 1948
The Indians had an early lead after two innings and seemed to have control of the contest until the Boston Red Sox rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to steal the opener of the Saturday doubleheader, 6-5, at Fenway Park.
The loss by the Tribe puts them in jeopardy of falling out of the first place spot in the American League for the first time since June 1. Cleveland outhit the Red Sox, 11-10, but also stranded more base runners, 13-11. Another run or two could have been the difference for Indians starter, Bob Lemon.
July 15, 1948
Steve Gromek gave Cleveland just the start it needed on its long East Coast road trip, as his complete game effort paced the Indians to a 6-1 victory in Philadelphia against the second-place Athletics.
In just his second start of the season for the Indians, Gromek (3-1) allowed just a run in nine innings to take the first game of the twi-night double header at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The victory gives Cleveland some slight breathing room in the standings, increasing their lead in the American League to a game and a half.
July 11, 1948
Anything you can do, I can do better.
That could be the mantra for Bob Lemon as the battle for the Tribe’s mound ace of the future continues to develop. After Bob Feller battled through a grueling pitcher’s duel and lost a heartbreaking 3-2 game in the first game of the doubleheader, Lemon tossed a three-hit shutout in the second half of the twin bill.
Lemon and the Browns’ Ray Shore fought for four innings before the Tribe bats came to life with a five-run fifth inning. It was all the Indians needed for a 5-0 win. The victory gives the Tribe sole possession of first place at the All-Star break.
July 11, 1948
In a pitcher’s duel that saw one hurler get stronger as the game continued and another weaken, it was Bob Feller who came up on the disappointing end of a 3-2 game. Feller gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to Les Moss that gave St. Louis the victory of a tightly contested game.
“That home run pitch to Moss in the ninth, there was just no excuse for that one at all,” Feller said. “It was a fastball that got away from me. It certainly is disgusting to lose one like that.”
July 8, 1948
Thursday afternoon, the Indians showed Al Gettel with all too much certainty why he was dealt from their Tribe to the bottom dwelling Chicago White Sox.
Cleveland knocked out 15 hits and scored 14 runs, mostly at Gettel’s expense, while embarrassing him and the Chicago White Sox, 14-1. Every Tribe starter scored at least one run. The Tribe punished Gettel and his current team, as manager Ted Lyons left Gettel on the mound into the seventh inning to be battered around.
July 7, 1948
After a tumultuous first inning that quickly had the boo-birds out among the crowd of 31,394, Bob Feller was able to settle down and defeat the Chicago White Sox 10-2 at Cleveland Stadium this evening.
With the crowd already a buzz about the signing of Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige, Feller’s struggles almost sprung him into action in the first inning. Indians manager Lou Boudreau already had signaled to the bullpen for Paige to begin warming, but Feller was able to limit damage at just two runs, and the Tribe had a big first inning of their own and pounded out 14 hits for the game as they cruised to an easy victory.
June 26, 1948
Soon Bob Muncrief is going to become the third member of “The Bobs” as a full-time member of the starting rotation. One could argue that he’s already doing their job.
For the second time in a week, Muncrief snapped a small losing streak from escalating inside the Tribe locker room. Today’s win ended a three-game losing streak as the right-hander, acquired from St. Louis last winter, tossed a three-hit shutout and the Tribe pounded out 12 hits for a 5-0 victory in front of a sparse 7,183 fans. The Ladies Day crowd had 3,505 ladies and 2,873 children to swell the total to 13,561.
June 20, 1948
Cleveland hurler Bob Lemon baffled Philadelphia hitters over nine scoreless innings and aided his own cause with a pair of extra base hits, as the Indians swept the Sunday twin bill from the Athletics with a 10-0 shutout.
Lemon (10-5) becomes the first pitcher in the American League to reach ten wins with his fourth shutout of the year. He is the league leader with 65 strikeouts and ten complete games. He allowed four singles and two walks while striking out ten, his highest single game output since May 25 against Washington.
No Athletics base runners reached third base.