Mother Nature Washes Away Game, But Not Rumors

June 3, 1948

Mother Nature won the day’s matchup between the Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators from Griffith Stadium in the nation’s capital on Thursday night.

Just prior to the 8:30 p.m. first pitch, a heavy rain fell and postponed the game between the two ball clubs. The Indians had taken batting and field practice, but at 8:15 p.m. the rain that had been expected fell and drenched those in attendance. A half-hour later, the game officially was postponed.

The rains did not, however, wash away the rumors swirling around the Cleveland organization.

With the club carrying an extra catcher on the roster in Ray Murray, speculation is the club might be considering moving catcher Jim Hegan or infielder Johnny Berardino, both of whom have been linked to the Detroit Tigers. But owner Bill Veeck is not expected to be interested in trading his starting catcher or his primary utility infielder.

Hegan is batting .241 in 30 starts behind the plate for the Indians. He has two home runs and eleven RBI to his credit.

Berardino has stepped in excellently with the injury to Joe Gordon. In limited action on the season, he is batting .387 with a home run and four runs driven in.

The roster currently is constructed with three catchers, five infielders, eight outfielders and nine pitchers.

“We could carry only nine pitchers all season, and if we make no more trades, we could keep three catchers and only five infielders,” said Indians manager Lou Boudreau. “(Bob) Kennedy will be a replacement for Ken Keltner at third base. He is not the best third baseman of all time, but he has a very strong arm.”

The trade winds swirled harder after the Indians acquired outfielder Kennedy from the Chicago White Sox late Wednesday evening in exchange for Pat Seerey and Al Gettel.

Kennedy comes to Cleveland after spending his first six-plus seasons in the big leagues with Chicago. He batted .248 with 14 RBI in 30 games for the White Sox this season.

Both Cleveland and Washington will push back their Thursday starters for Friday’s game. Right-hander Bob Feller will start for the Indians in pursuit of his first win since May 19. Southpaw Mickey Haefner will counter for the Nats.

Photo: Ballparksofbaseball.com

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