Cleveland’s World Series Hopes Hang On Washington Series

September 15, 1948

The Cleveland Indians welcome the Washington Senators into town for a key three-game series starting Thursday on the lakefront.

The Indians (84-55) will enter play three and a half games behind the front running Boston Red Sox and two full games behind the second place New York Yankees. The Philadelphia Athletics have fallen out of the playoff picture, eight full games behind Boston.

The Senators (49-92) are seventh of eight American League teams and 39 ½ games in back of Boston. After winning the first game of September against the Chicago White Sox, they have proceeded to drop 15 straight games, including six against New York, two against Boston, and four against Philadelphia, all who have played significant roles in the Indians pursuit a championship.

Gene Bearden (14-7, 2.68 ERA) will start Thursday night for the Indians. He has twice pitched in relief since a complete game victory over Detroit last Friday. Sid Hudson (4-15, 5.82) is scheduled to start for Washington. He allowed 17 hits and four walks in his last start against Philadelphia.

Bob Feller (15-14, 3.90) is expected to pitch on Friday. He will make a third straight attempt at his 16th win after falling short in each of his last two starts, both of which went into extra innings. Rookie left-hander Forrest Thompson (4-10, 3.92) is expected to start for Joe Kuhel’s Nats. He worked two innings of relief against Detroit on Tuesday.

Sam Zoldak (10-10, 3.63) is lined up to start in the finale on Saturday for Cleveland. It will be his second start of the month and sixth overall appearance of September. Ray Scarborough (12-8, 2.57) is the probable for Washington. He worked eight innings against Detroit on Tuesday.

Tickets are available for the series at the Stadium box office, as well as at Burrows at 419 Euclid and Richman’s at 736 Euclid.

The Indians, after dropping two straight, will need to get back to their winning ways if they want to have made Business Manager Rudy Schaffer’s trip to the World Series planning meeting Wednesday in Cincinnati worth his time. Schaffer was to represent the Indians in a World Series rules and regulations meeting with Commissioner A. B. (Happy) Chandler and representatives from eight other contending teams.

The Commissioner announced Wednesday that the National League winner will host the American League representative on October 6. The second game of the series will also be hosted by the NL, with the next three to move to the AL winners’ home park before the final two in the NL park, if necessary. Games will be played on consecutive days unless the St. Louis Cardinals claims the NL pennant, when October 8 will remain open for travel to the western-most city in Major League Baseball.

All World Series games are scheduled for 1:00 PM Eastern standard time starts, except any Sunday games in New York or Brooklyn, where games are not able to start on Sundays until 2:05 PM. The top price for a ticket to the games will be $8 for a box seat. Grandstand reserved seats will be $6, bleachers $1, and pavilion seats in Boston (if a Boston team claims a pennant) will be $5. All prices include federal taxes, but if games are played in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, or in Cleveland, a local city tax will be added to the price of the ticket.

The Indians are currently on the outside looking in, with two large hurdles in Boston and New York to overcome to bring the world classic back to the city of Cleveland.

While the Indians host the Senators, the Red Sox will be in St. Louis for three with the Browns and the Yankees will be on the road in Detroit for four games. After Boston and New York flip flop opponents for their next series, the Red Sox will come to Cleveland for the first of three on Wednesday.

Photo: (pictured – Happy Chandler circa 1946)

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