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Today in Tribe History: December 14, 1948

December 14, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians add a pair of players in a five-player swap with the Washington Senators, acquiring pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon for pitchers Joe Haynes and Ed Klieman and first baseman Eddie Robinson. Read More

Today in Tribe History: December 14, 1948

December 14, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians add a pair of players in a five-player swap with the Washington Senators, acquiring pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon for pitchers Joe Haynes and Ed Klieman and first baseman Eddie Robinson. Read More

Today in Tribe History: December 14, 1948

December 14, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians add a pair of players in a five-player swap with the Washington Senators, acquiring pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon for pitchers Joe Haynes and Ed Klieman and first baseman Eddie Robinson.

Wynn, the eight-year … Read More

Ex-Indians Populate List of Postseason Dreams Unfulfilled

February 1, 2015 | | 4 Comments

Last week, the Major League Baseball family lost a trailblazer and an icon of the sports scene, not just in the city of Chicago, but across the entire county, with the death of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.

Mr. Cub, who would have turned 84 on Saturday, signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1953. The next season, he would become a mainstay on the lineup card, leading the league in games played for the first of six times in his career. He would spend 19 years in the Show, winning consecutive MVP awards in 1958 and 1959 while making eleven All-Star teams. A rare breed of shortstop for any era, he hit 40 homers or more five times in a six year span and drove in 143 runs in during his phenomenal 1959 campaign.

Despite the accomplishments and accolades, the first ballot Hall of Famer in 1977 also sits atop the list of men who played in the most career games without a postseason appearance.

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Rosen was a Missed Base Away from Being Tribe’s Triple Crown Winner

April 28, 2014 | | One Comment

Two years ago, the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera became the first major league baseball player to win the offensive triple crown – leading the league in home runs, runs batted in and batting average – since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967.

No Indians player has ever won the triple crown, but in 1953, Al Rosen came close – and some say he was cheated out of it by another former Indian.

Rosen made his debut with the Indians in 1948, and spent part of that season and the next in the majors. By 1950, he was the team’s starting third baseman, and demonstrated his power hitting ability by setting what was then a rookie record with 37 home runs.

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Ten Run Onslaught Paces Zoldak to Victory; Indians 10, Senators 1

February 22, 2014 |

September 18, 1948

Behind the strong effort of Sam Zoldak on the mound, the Cleveland Indians won a third straight game to sweep the hapless Washington Senators on Saturday afternoon, 10-1.

With the series sweep, the Indians defeated a team they needed to beat and improved to 87-55 on the season. They kept pace with the first place Boston Red Sox, who came from behind to defeat the St. Louis Browns. They picked up a full game on the New York Yankees, who were dealt a 4-3 loss at the hands of Detroit’s Hal Newhouser, shrinking their lead to a half-game on the Indians.

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Early Runs Pace Paige to Victory; Indians 10, Senators 1

February 3, 2014 |

August 30, 1948

Lots of early run support gave Indians Satchel Paige plenty of room to pitch, as Cleveland walloped Washington, 10-1, on Monday evening to earn a series win.

Paige (6-1), making his fifth start of the season for the Indians, was solid. He went the distance, keeping the ball out of a battered Cleveland bullpen for at least a day. He issued one walk with seven hits and allowed just one Senators player to cross home plate successfully. Washington logged just three of those hits prior to the eighth inning. He struck out five batters and lowered his season ERA to 1.66.

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Wynn Wows Indians to Split Twin Bill; Senators 5, Indians 2

February 2, 2014 |

August 29, 1948

Cleveland squandered an early lead and a chance to make up ground in the division, as the Washington Senators took the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader by a 5-2 final.

The loss for the Indians, paired with splits of respective doubleheaders for both Boston and New York, left Cleveland two games in back of the Red Sox and a half-game behind the Yankees.

The Indians jumped on top in the second off of Washington’s Early Wynn.

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Paige Gives Seven Strong For Record Night Crowd; Indians 5, Senators 3

January 7, 2014 |

August 3, 1948

History was made a couple of times Tuesday night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Satchel Paige made the first pitching start in the major leagues by an African American in the modern era and 72,434 fans showed up to see him defeat the Senators 5-3.

Paige gave the Indians seven strong innings after some uncharacteristic wildness in the first two innings and the Indians blew Early Wynn out of the game in the fifth inning. The crowd of more than 72,000 fans becomes the largest crowd ever to see a night game in Cleveland by more than 7,000 fans. Tuesday’s throng of fans fell just 2,313 fans short of the largest night crowd ever.

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