April 27, 1948
The official record will list today’s Cleveland Indians game at the Chicago White Sox as a rain out, but unofficially it was canceled due to poor decision making.
Hard rain fell around the Chicago area around 9 a.m. and the game was canceled quickly by 10 a.m. However, the sun came out and it was a beautiful day that easily could have included baseball at Comiskey Park. The Pale Hose might have been quick to wash away the game with Bob Lemon (1-0) slated to pitch today and Bob Feller tomorrow for the Tribe. Chicago will be able to substitute rookie Bill Wight for staff ace Joe Haynes (0-2) tomorrow.
Instead, Indians manager Lou Boudreau will push Lemon back a day until tomorrow and Feller to Thursday in St. Louis. Gene Bearden will now pitch Friday’s game against the St. Louis Browns instead of Thursday’s contest. Boudreau originally hoped to throw Lemon and Feller today and tomorrow against Chicago, then Bearden and Bob Muncrief against the lowly Browns, then Lemon and Feller again at home this weekend against the Detroit Tigers.
Those plans were washed away this morning, however. With the new pitching plans, Feller will start only once before the Tribe retakes the road after their weekend series at home against the Tigers.
Today’s cancelation does give the Tribe a chance to rest two of their starting regulars who have been hampered by injury. Eddie Robinson has played in each of the five Tribe victories, but has been slowed by an ailing ankle he suffered during exhibition play. He will benefit from the day of rest and might have needed to sit anyway after yesterday’s 14-inning game. Robinson played the entire game, hitting a solo home run to give the Tribe the lead and eventual 12-11 victory.
Larry Doby suffered a pulled muscle in his leg and would have had to sit today had the game been played. It isn’t known if Pat Seerey or Hank Edwards would have replaced him in right field, but it is believed Doby already was scratched from Boudreau’s plans.
A day of rest for Doby and Robinson, plus pushing Lemon and Feller back a day makes the prospects of the Tribe returning home on Saturday still undefeated a little more sunny.