ICYMI at DTTWLN – October 26 to November 1

Sunday marked the final game of the 2015 Major League Baseball season as the Kansas City Royals used a remarkable ninth inning rally and an extra inning onslaught to spoil any hopes that baseball would go the full distance. Fans of the game will now prepare for the grueling offseason and colder weather to come.

2015 – rest in peace.

Meanwhile, at Did The Tribe Win Last Night, the show must go on.

Bob looked back at the revolving door that was the back end of the starting rotation on Monday and how it helped to sink the Tribe’s season in its early stages. Steve Eby reminded everybody on Tuesday just why April counts. On Wednesday, Bob discussed the home field disadvantage that plagued the Indians at time over the first four months of the season. Vince Guerrieri took a historical glance back at the continual courting of Leo Durocher by the Indians over the years. He looked back at the woes in the division on Thursday and questioned on Friday whether low TV ratings should be expected, or a bad omen for the franchise. Bob critiqued Terry Francona’s curious and excessive bunting tendencies on Saturday and prodded the offensive problem in general on Sunday in search of someone to blame for the struggles.

Bob’s “Today in Tribe History” stories looked back at several playoff appearances by the Tribe, as well as a significant trade in team history.

October 26, 1995
October 26, 1997 (take 2)
October 27, 1969
October 28, 1995
October 29, 2002
October 30, 2005
October 31, 1916
November 1, 1999

Our continuing coverage of the 1948 season resumed with a trade, a return to the win column, and more battles with the rain. Also highly recommended of the week’s work is the story of reliever Russ Christopher and his life-threatening medical condition that he pitched through for his family’s future and Bill Veeck’s very clear stance on race relations within the Indians organization through a sharing of his comments through legendary sports editor Gordon Cobbledick in The Plain Dealer.

Stories recapped originally took place between the dates of May 7th through May 13th.

Tribe Trades Metkovich and Webber to Oakland in PCL (Mike Brandyberry)
Lemon Turns Lights Out on Senators Friday Evening; Indians 8, Senators 0 (Mike)
Lemon Would Be Open to Playing Outfield on Off Days (Mike)
Tribe Shuts Down Senators Behind Bearden; Indians 6, Senators 1 (Mike)
Keltner and Feller Lead Tribe by Boston in Game 1; Indians 4, Red Sox 1 (Mike)
Bullpen and Late Rally Helps Tribe Take Two; Indians 9, Red Sox 5 (Mike)
Triple Play Helps Tribe Take Third Game from Boston; Indians 12, Red Sox 7 (Mike)
Tribe’s Streak Snapped at Five, Reynolds Slows Bats; Yankees 4, Indians 1 (Mike)
Christopher’s Heart Will Close Career After 1948 (Mike)
Tribe Washed Out in Gotham (Mike)
Veeck Makes Plain His Position on Race Prejudice in General and Larry Doby in Particular (Gordon Cobbledick)
Tribe Travels Home For 12-Game Homestand After Second Rainout in Bronx (Mike)

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1948 American League standings (as of end of day May 13th)

Philadelphia 14-5 0.737
New York 12-6 0.667 1.5
Cleveland 11-5 0.688 1.5
Detroit 10-12 0.455 5.5
Boston 9-11 0.450 5.5
Washington 9-11 0.450 5.5
St. Louis 6-10 0.375 6.5
Chicago 3-14 0.176 10.0

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Thanks for reading.

Photo: Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer

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