August 24, 1948
In a best-of-three battle for the right to first place entering the last month of the season, the two teams looked as evenly as matched as possible as the top two contenders in a heavyweight battle. However, the Boston Red Sox struck the final hit with a one-out, two-run homer by Vern Stephens in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Boston a 9-8 walkoff win over the Indians.
The final blast was the result of two floundering bullpens in the final two innings. More importantly, when part of the 34,172 fans in attendance stormed onto the field tonight to celebrate and carry Stephens off the field, they carried the rights to first place too. The blast was Stephens’ 27th home run of the season and league leading 115th RBI. Stephens’ biggest hit of the season came off the only pitch Russ Christopher threw.
August 22, 1948
Bob Feller’s bad summer continues.
The former Indians ace, once the most feared pitcher in the major leagues, got tagged for five runs, but only three earned, as the Cleveland defense committed three errors behind him and the Tribe dropped the first game of a doubleheader 8-1 to the White Sox. The loss drops Rapid Robert to 12-14.
In the Indians’ eight games previous, the opposition had scored a total of seven runs.
August 14, 1948
The Indians did all of their scoring in their first at bats of the game off of Gettel. Dale Mitchell singled to center to start things off. Hal Peck reached on an error at second, as Don Kolloway had the ball go right between his legs. Lou Boudreau singled to right to score Mitchell with the first run.
August 11, 1948
A four-run seventh inning is normally a good thing for a team’s offense, but it does little good when the team is already down 12-0. Three Indians pitchers were blasted around the ballpark in game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Sportsman’s Park, as the Browns walloped the Indians by a score of 12-4.
Indians starter Bob Muncrief (5-4, 4.04) was awful this evening, as were relievers Don Black and Russ Christopher. The trio gave the Indians no chance of winning and was only saved from complete embarrassment due to the pitching of Ed Klieman – the only Cleveland pitcher who seemed to be able to record an out.
The loss, coupled with Philadelphia’s 8-3 victory in Washington, puts the Indians in second place, one-half game behind the Athletics.
July 31, 1948
The first place Boston Red Sox came into Saturday’s game as hot as the summer heat, with a 23-5 record since the Fourth of July. The Cleveland Indians finally brought a touch of cold front with them, just as the calendar is about to roll over into August. The Indians defeated the Red Sox with a 10-9 extra innings effort at the Stadium on Saturday.
Bob Feller started the game for the Indians and was opposed at the start by former Indian Joe Dobson. Neither pitcher was particularly effective, but both battled and kept their teams in the ball game until being pulled in the middle innings. Both teams’ bullpens had a struggle to keep competitive, however.
July 22, 1948
With 71 games remaining in the Cleveland Indians season, no one will accuse them of looking ahead past today’s game. But maybe they should start.
With about ten weeks remaining in the Tribe’s season, Indians manager Lou Boudreau has been working and overworking his pitching staff at quite a rigorous pace since the All-Star break. The last four days have produced nail-biting and extra inning games that have sent Boudreau’s pitching staff into a scurry to just survive the next inning.
July 21, 1948
The Indians trailed by four runs and had only nine outs remaining Wednesday afternoon when the bats came alive, stunning New York’s bullpen and their doubleheader crowd of 66,245. The win keeps the Indians at the top of the ever-tightening American League race.
After rallying to cut the lead in the seventh inning, the Tribe tied the game and then took the lead on Jim Hegan’s grand slam in the eighth. Hegan’s seventh homer saved the Tribe from another dismal starting pitching effort. Cleveland provided little help for its hurler, Steve Gromek, making two errors.
July 2, 1948
In a back and forth contest that featured several big innings, the Indians came from behind and held off a late eighth inning rally from the St. Louis Browns on Friday evening. The Brownies had the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the inning, but Cleveland was able to squelch the rally and win, 8-6, in front of 5,647 spectators.
The Tribe was forced to come from behind when Don Black allowed four runs in the first inning. His struggles might have been due in part to taking a line drive off the shoulder while throwing batting practice two days ago. Cleveland used two home runs by Joe Gordon to get back in the game and take the lead.
July 1, 1948
After not getting a hit last night, the Detroit Tigers exploded for 13 base knocks this afternoon, snapping Bob Muncrief’s scoreless innings streak and sending the Tribe to a 9-5 loss.
Cleveland fell behind early, but battled back to take a late lead, only to see Detroit’s comeback one-up its own. It was Detroit’s first victory against the Tribe at Briggs Stadium this season, finally giving the 11,644 fans in attendance something to cheer about. The Indians had won the first five games between the two in the Motor City.
June 19, 1948
The Cleveland Indians gave themselves a little bit of breathing room in the division on Saturday, as they ended their five-game losing skid by blanking the Philadelphia Athletics by a 4-0 final.
Indians starter Bob Muncrief left the game and went to the hospital for X-rays near his right elbow after being hit by a line drive off of the bat of Philadelphia’s Hank Majeski. Muncrief had led the way for the Tribe, facing the minimum number of batters through the first six innings. He erased both a leadoff single to start the game and a walk in the third on double plays. He did not face any substantial trouble until the seventh, when the A’s ran themselves out of a huge scoring opportunity.
The Indians, meanwhile, bunched all of their scoring into two innings.
Joe Jackson passes away at the age of 64 in Greenville, South Carolina.
The first half of the career of “Shoeless Joe” often gets overlooked and underappreciated due to the allegations that brought an end to the professional playing days …
June 15, 1948
Fresh off of an outstanding road trip, the first place Cleveland Indians opened up a 15-game home stand with a clunker Tuesday night, dropping the series opener to the Boston Red Sox, 7-3.
With American League wins leader Bob Lemon (9-4, 2.73) on the hill, the Indians had to feel good about their chances heading into the contest. The Tribe ultimately fell short, however, due to Lemon’s lack of command and three Cleveland errors.