Indians Finished with the East, Now Head West

September 2, 1948

Like they have all summer, crowds will flood into Cleveland Stadium this Friday, but the fanatics will be cheering for a different team than the Indians for the first time.

Otto Graham, Marion Motley and the rest of the defending League Champion Cleveland Browns will open their season against the Los Angeles Dons at the Stadium on Friday, as the Indians continue their brutally long road trip.  The Indians have their last 11 games on the road, making stops in Boston, New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia.

The Indians have now finished playing games on the East Coast for this season and will head to St. Louis to play baseball’s Browns after making a 12-hour scheduled pit-stop in Cleveland.  After playing four in the Gateway to the West, the Tribe will head to the windy city to wrap up their more than two week long road trip.

Having left the Atlantic side of the country for the season, the Tribe fared much better against the eastern opponents than usual.  The M.O. of the Indians has been that they fold when they head east, but the Tribe put a dent in that logic this year.

The Indians finished their season with an outstanding 26-18 record in the east, for a remarkable .591 winning percentage.  This record is the best that the Indians have posted out east in more than a quarter of a century.

The Indians currently sit with a record of 76-50 in third place, 1.5 games behind the Red Sox and 0.5 games behind the Yankees.  In St. Louis, they will face a Browns team that is 47-75 and sits in seventh place—28.5 games out.

The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday and then single games on Saturday and Sunday.  Friday’s pitching matchups will feature Bob Lemon (18-11, 2.70) and former Brown Sam Zoldak (7-8, 3.71) for the Indians and former Indian Bill Kennedy (6-5, 5.99) and Joe Ostrowski (2-3, 5.32) for the Browns.  Zoldak and Kennedy were traded for one another back in June and have had mixed successes against their old mates.

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