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.
September 17, 1948
Indians veteran Bob Feller struck out a season-high eleven Senators in a complete game victory over Washington on Friday night, 4-1.
The win for Feller (16-14) extended an impressive month of September for the Cleveland mainstay. After allowing just one run on five hits in his nine innings on the mound, he lowered his ERA for the month to 1.10. He is 3-0 in five starts, and allowed just one run in seven innings in a no-decision against Detroit on the ninth and two earned runs in nine innings in the tie during the second game of the doubleheader against St. Louis last Sunday.
September 16, 1948
Gene Bearden settled in after a rough beginning to his outing Thursday night and went the distance as the Indians offense erupted for a five run first on the way to a much needed win for Cleveland over the Washington Senators, 6-3.
The Senators jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off of Bearden in the first. The first batter of the game, Eddie Yost, doubled down the left field line and scored on a single to right by Al Kozar. On the play, Yost had stopped at third, but advanced on an error at the plate as the throw from Larry Doby bounced in front of Jim Hegan and rolled all the way to the stands. A single to right by Bud Stewart one out later scored Kozar with the inning’s second run. With two outs, the Nats ran themselves out of the inning as Stewart was caught stealing by Hegan.
September 15, 1948
The Cleveland Indians welcome the Washington Senators into town for a key three-game series starting Thursday on the lakefront.
The Indians (84-55) will enter play three and a half games behind the front running Boston Red Sox and two full games behind the second place New York Yankees. The Philadelphia Athletics have fallen out of the playoff picture, eight full games behind Boston.
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.
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.
August 29, 1948
Unaffected by the 90-plus degree temperatures in the nation’s capital, Bob Lemon limited the Senators to just three hits to record his second consecutive complete game shutout and his third in four starts, as the Cleveland Indians defeated Washington in the first of two at Griffith Stadium on Sunday, 6-0.
Lemon (18-11) remained locked in for the Tribe. He won his fifth decision of August while blanking the Senators for nine scoreless frames. He walked three and allowed three singles in the ball game. Six Senators took a seat via strikeout.
It appears Indians manager and shortstop Lou Boudreau will be unavailable for the Tribe’s opener against the New York Yankees this evening.
The key, four-game series will likely catapult one team ahead of the other in the American League standings. Each are just one-half game behind the Philadelphia Athletics for the top spot. Tonight’s game is expected to have around 70,000 in attendance, but Boudreau may not be on the field due to a sore shoulder.
August 5, 1948
In a bizarre game Thursday afternoon that featured just three hits by the Indians the victory and price for remaining in first place may have been a steep one.
The Indians scored all three runs on solo home runs, their only hits of the game, and Gene Bearden benefitted from six double plays by the Indians defense to win 3-0 in front of just 13,967 fans at the Stadium. It was the shortest game of the season, a quick one hour and 30 minutes. Indians manager Lou Boudreau may have been lost for some time in the game, however. He and Gil Coan collided at second base and Boudreau later left the game.
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.
July 20, 1948
If the Indians miss the World Series by a game or two, they might be able to point directly at Ray Scarborough for their disappointment.
The Senators’ starter received early runs in the first two innings, then delivered eight strong innings, defeating the Tribe 2-1 Tuesday night in front of 17,114 fans who did not leave their seats until the final out. Cleveland left the tying run just 90 from home. This is the second time Scarborough has beaten the Tribe by a 2-1 score this year. A month ago, he beat Bob Lemon by the same score here in Washington.
July 18, 1948
Cleveland got back on the winning trail Saturday afternoon, scoring early and then holding off the Senators’ rally in the ninth inning. Gene Bearden logged his eighth victory of the season, scattering nine hits and just one run.
Dale Mitchell and Jim Hegan each had two hits to pace the Tribe. Hegan’s triple in the fourth drove home their second, and eventually pivotal, run to give the Indians the win. Bearden and Early Wynn battled in a fierce pitcher’s duel for nine innings as each went the distance in a highly contested game.