June 14, 1948
The first place Cleveland Indians, fresh off of an outstanding 8-3 East Coast road trip, are heading home to start a 15-game home stand at the Stadium on Tuesday night.
First up against the Indians are the Boston Red Sox, who have won seven of their last nine after starting the season with a dismal 14-23 record. The BoSox boast a potent lineup and are led by sluggers Ted Williams, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr. The 1946 MVP Williams has been particularly impressive, batting .398 with 12 homeruns and 55 RBI through 48 games. The Indians and Red Sox split a rain-shortened two game set in Boston last week.
The Tribe will send Bob Lemon (9-3, 2.55) and his league-leading nine wins up against Mel Parnell (1-4, 2.70) in the first game of the series. Parnell has lost three consecutive appearances including a 2-0 loss last week to the Indians at Fenway Park.
In the second game, Bob Feller (5-6, 3.41, 2 saves) will matchup against Joe Dobson (7-4, 3.18, 1 save). The matchup is a rematch from last week in Boston, when Dobson defeated Feller on June 10 in the Red Sox’s 15-7 victory. Feller has been struggling and will look to get back on track against the mighty Sox hitters.
In the finale on Thursday, the Indians will send either Don Black (2-0, 5.74) or rookie Gene Bearden (6-1, 1.78) to the mound against former Indian Denny Galehouse (1-3, 3.59). Manager Lou Boudreau has not yet decided on a starter, but will do so in the next few days.
After Boston skips town, the Indians home stand will continue when they host the Philadelphia Athletics over the weekend. The Mackmen are in town for four games including a doubleheader on Sunday. Next week, the New York Yankees will come into town from Monday through Thursday and the Washington Senators will follow from June 25-27. The Indians could really separate themselves from the pack with a good home stand.
As the Indians take on the Red Sox, the Major League Baseball trade deadline suddenly will be upon us. The Indians are rumored to be interested in making a move for a starting pitcher to put in the struggling back-end of their rotation behind Lemon, Feller and Bearden. The deadline is Tuesday night at midnight. Last season, the Tribe remained quiet at the deadline and have not made a deadline deal since 1946 when they traded Mickey Rocco to the Cubs for Heinz Becker and Frankie Hayes to the White Sox for Tom Jordan. Both players acquired by the Tribe are now off of the team’s roster.
In addition to the start of long home stand and the trade deadline, fans also will get a chance to vote for their favorite Indians and other stars around the baseball world as well. Tuesday begins All-Star voting and fan ballots can be cast via mail only. The Cleveland Plain Dealer will post a ballot in the newspaper daily and will send the votes to the Chicago-Tribune to be counted. The Plain Dealer is one of 400 nationwide newspapers participating in the Mid-Summer Classic balloting process. Fans can vote for all position players, but managers will select the pitchers. The 15th annual All-Star Game will match up the National League’s best against the American League’s and will be held at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis on July 13.