May 13, 1948
The rain that rolled into Manhattan last evening and eventually cancelled the Indians and Yankees night game continued to pour all evening and washed out this afternoon’s game as well. Cleveland leaves New York having played just one game on Tuesday, a 4-1 loss at the hand of Allie Reynolds.
The Tribe already has boarded a train and is expected to arrive at the downtown Pennsylvania Station at 8 a.m. Friday. With Friday a scheduled off day, the Tribe will take the field on Saturday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox with a well-rested pitching staff and lineup.
Bob Feller (3-2) will look to become the Tribe’s first pitcher to win four games. He’ll be opposed by Chicago’s Joe Haynes (1-4). Cleveland has only played the Pale Hose once, logging a 12-11 victory in 14 innings on April 26 at Comiskey Park. Indians manager Lou Boudreau announced Bob Lemon (3-2) and Bill Kennedy will start the Sunday doubleheader. Kennedy has only pitched one inning all season – in the same April 26 game – and allowed two runs. Boudreau wants a further look at Kennedy with the roster deadline just a week away. The Indians currently are carrying 28 players and must cut their roster down to 25 by Wednesday, May 19.
After Chicago leaves town, all four eastern teams of the American League will visit Cleveland by May 26. After an off day on Monday, the league leading Philadelphia Athletics arrive in town. The Mackmen are currently riding a 10-game winning streak and lead the Indians and Yankees by one and one-half games in the standings. The A’s play May 18-19, before the Boston Red Sox come to the city on the lake on May 20-22. The New York Yankees will play a doubleheader on May 23 and only be in town for a day before the Washington Senators finish the homestand on May 25-26.
The 12-game homestand might seem quite long, but despite Cleveland’s 11-5 record, the Tribe has only had three home games all season.
Beginning Saturday, all Indians home games will be televised on WEWS. After seven months of negotiations, it is believed the broadcast company will pay the ball club in excess of $75,000 for the television rights to Indians baseball. Work on installation of cables necessary to televise games began at Cleveland Stadium earlier this week and is nearing completion.
Bill Veeck, president of the Indians, denied knowledge of an agreement on television but said, “anything could happen.”
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