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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 17, 2017

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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: July 4, 1954

July 4, 2017 |

Despite having to patch together their pitching staff after a quick exit from starter Mike Garcia, the Cleveland Indians come just one out away from their first combined no-hitter as they hold off the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, in front of a holiday crowd of 26,842 at Cleveland Stadium. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 17, 1984

June 17, 2017 |

Longtime Cleveland Indians catcher Jim Hegan passes away. He was 63 years old. 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

Today in Tribe History: June 17, 1984

June 17, 2016 |

Longtime Cleveland Indians catcher Jim Hegan passes away. He was 63 years old. 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 Championship From Clubhouse to Public Square

March 31, 2016 |

October 11, 1948

As the Indians clinched their first World Series championship in 28 years, the celebration started on the field but spilled into the clubhouse and lasted much of the evening in Cleveland.

Clevelanders are getting used to celebrating championships as this is their third trophy in the last ten months. The Cleveland Barons hockey team won last April and the Cleveland Browns football team was champions in December. But for the Indians, the drought of 28 years seems like an eternity for veteran players and a generation of fans.

It was a special feeling for outfielder Bob Kennedy to catch the final out of the season and bring the World Series crown to Cleveland. Kennedy was dealt to Cleveland in May for outfielder Pat Seerey. Kennedy left the last place Chicago White Sox for the first place Indians. Read More

Boston Fights Off Elimination, Tags Feller; Braves 11, Indians 5

March 30, 2016 |

October 10, 1948

This afternoon, Indians fans proved that they are some of the most passionate and patient fans.

While the two may not go together, the record-setting crowd of 86,288 packed Cleveland Stadium for the Tribe’s first World Series crown in 28 years, but instead will have to wait at least another day. The fans’ patience was tested again today just as they were a week ago when Cleveland had chances to clinch the pennant but could not.

Instead, the largest crowd ever to see a baseball game saw its best pitcher of this generation get tagged for seven runs from the Boston Braves in six and one-third innings. Bob Feller fell behind early and could not hold the lead when Cleveland battled back, eventually falling in a rout in Game Five, 11-5. 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

Hegan the Best There Is According to Bearden

March 19, 2016 |

September 29, 1948

Regardless of how the Indians’ season ends, it’s been one of breakout performances. None could be bigger than the emergence of rookie left-hander Gene Bearden.

Bearden tossed a four-hit shutout en route to an 11-0 victory last night against the Chicago White Sox. The win was Bearden’s 18th of the season and moved the Indians two games ahead of both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees with just four games remaining.

The 28-year-old Bearden spent six seasons in the minor leagues and two more years serving in the war. He was a Purple Heart recipient, suffering from leg injuries in combat. Upon leaving the military Bearden was told he’d likely never play baseball again, yet two seasons removed from his discharge, he’s pitching the Tribe to the pennant. Read More

Tribe Keeps Pace With Contenders Behind Bearden; Indians 6, Athletics 3

March 10, 2016 |

September 20, 1948

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective in earning the necessary result.

It’s the best way to describe the Cleveland Indians and rookie left-hander Gene Bearden’s effort on Monday night. The southpaw and Purple Heart recipient matched up with fellow war hero Lou Brissie and earned the win 6-3 in front of 44,442 patrons at Municipal Stadium.

Bearden pitched the Tribe into the seventh inning but needed help from reliever Russ Christopher to complete the contest. It wasn’t Bearden’s best performance of his 16 wins this season, but it was enough to beat the struggling Athletics and keep the Tribe a half game behind Boston for first place in the standings and a half game ahead of third place New York. Each team won their game this evening. Read More

Doby Walkoff Homer Gives Tribe Game One Win; Indians 5, Athletics 3

March 9, 2016 |

September 19, 1948

On the final Sunday of scheduled American League twin bills, the Cleveland Indians made more attendance history and gave the fans a reason to keep hope alive in the pennant race.

In front of 75,382 spectators, setting a new single-season attendance mark, Larry Doby hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to break a deadlock between the Philadelphia Athletics and Indians. Doby’s homer gave the Indians a 5-3 victory in the first game of the twin bill. The win was the first registered on the center field scoreboard among the Tribe, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The other two teams remain tied in the late innings of their first games today. Read More