August 8, 1948
If the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees can draw 71,555 to Cleveland Municipal Stadium this afternoon, the two teams will set another new attendance mark. Between the two teams, they nearly hold them all already.
Today, the two teams have a chance to establish a new three-day attendance mark. The current record of 186,151 was set in three successive days last June at Yankee Stadium when the Indians took three out of four games from New York. All reserved seats have been sold for some time and 30,000 general admission tickets are going on sale at the Indians box office at Municipal Stadium at 9 a.m. this morning for the 1:30 start. Indians president Bill Veeck expects another crowd over 70,000. It would be the Indians fourth crowd over the 70,000 mark this week.
Standing room will be provided beyond the outfield fence, like on May 23 when 78,431 fans saw the Indians split a doubleheader with the Yankees, and on June 20 when the all-time record crowd of 82,781 saw the Indians sweep the Philadelphia Athletics. With the weather supposed to be warm, drawing the necessary crowd should be very attainable this afternoon.
For the early arrivals today – the general admission patrons who file into the park at 9 a.m. when the gates open – a program is being planned that includes Johnny Price, the baseball acrobat and all of the Indians’ roving musicians.
The Indians-Yankees matchup is the biggest draw this season in all the major leagues. In 13 dates and 16 games, 690,118 fans have watched the two teams battle for the pennant. In six New York dates, a total of 351,265 spectators have passed through the turnstiles. In seven dates on the shores of Lake Erie, 338,853 customers have paid their way into the ballpark. That does not include the 23,364 women and children who received free admission to yesterday’s game during Ladies Day.