Indians Close in on New Attendance Heights

August 21, 1948

After another massive crowd Friday night the Cleveland Indians are closing in on some notable attendance thresholds.

Last night the Indians drew 78,382 fans to Municipal Stadium for Satchel Paige’s third start overall and second at home. Paige tossed a three hit shutout in a 1-0 victory, pushing the Tribe’s scoreless innings streak to 39 innings. The Indians have not given up a run in nearly a week.

The Indians are providing Clevelanders with good reason to attend games and they are responding in record-breaking fashion. After last night’s crowd the Tribe has drawn 1,885,872 fans to the shore of Lake Erie. They should pass the 1,900,000 plateau today. With 17 dates left to play at home in September, breaking the 2,000,000 mark is a certainty.

With the American League race remaining a hot four-team contest, the crowds should continue to be big in September, leaving the Indians a chance to draw over 2,500,000 paying customers. That’s a figure Indians president Bill Veeck must have his eyes on, as it would make he and the Indians the greatest drawing team in the history of baseball.

The Indians will try to keep their eight-game winning streak, three game lead and large crowd in tact this afternoon when Bob Lemon searches for his 17th win against Randy Gumpert of the White Sox.

Photo: Cleveland Memory Project

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