June 14, 1948
Occupants of the second division of the National League, the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Cleveland Indians, leaders of the American League, in an exhibition Sunday night, 6-2.
The crowd of 12,622 enjoyed the game, a charity benefit. All the proceeds from last night’s contest helped the Brooklyn Amateur Baseball Federation. The game raised $15,000 for the sandlot ball players of Flatbush. When the two teams complete the home-and-home series on July 14 in Cleveland, the gate receipts will benefit the Cleveland Baseball Federation.
Jackie Robinson, the only African-American player in the National League, hit a two-run homer in the third inning. Likewise, Indians manager Lou Boudreau belted one to the left field seats himself in the seventh inning. It was the only two runs of the game for the Tribe.
Little used rookie southpaw Bill Kennedy got the start for the Indians and pitched six innings. He allowed five runs — only four earned — in six frames of work. Don Black, who was injured during most of the East Coast trip, pitched the final two innings of the game and allowed a run. Carl Furillo doubled and tripled in the game.
Dodgers’ pitcher Rex Barney, a lanky right-hander, pitched all nine innings and struck out 11 Indians.
It was the first game that Robinson and Larry Doby, the only two African-Americans in the big leagues, played against each other. In July the two are slated to race in the Cleveland Stadium outfield before the second exhibition.
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