September 23, 1948
Coming off of a huge 5-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox last night at Municipal Stadium the Cleveland Indians are starting to print World Series tickets.
The next week will determine if they are worth the paper they are printed on.
Cleveland wakes this morning with eight games remaining on the schedule and in a first place tie with Boston. The New York Yankees remain just one game behind the two leaders in third place. Many pundits believe the Tribe to be the favorite of the three teams, yet nothing is guaranteed.
However, the Indians business office is preparing for the World Series. With the pennant race likely to go down to the final games and the World Series slated to begin just three days after the end of the regular season, they do not want to be hit with a rush of ticket requests late. If Cleveland does win their first pennant in 28 years, they will play the third, fourth and fifth World Series games at Municipal Stadium on October 8, 9 and 10. The first two and last two (if necessary) World Series games will presumably be played at the home of the Boston Braves, front-runners to be the National League champions.
The Braves have a seven-game lead on the competition with nine games remaining. They are expected to clinch the National League this weekend at some point.
After last night’s victory, Major League Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler authorized the Indians to begin accepting applications for World Series ticket requests. Indians president Bill Veeck says no application will be considered that is postmarked before next Tuesday, September 28. Requests may be made for no more than four tickets for each game and they will be sold only in a three-game set.
Box seats are priced at $24, or $8 each for the three games, and reserved seats at $18.75, or $6.25 a piece. Bleacher seats, priced at $1 each, will not be sold in advance, but will go on sale the day of each game.
Payment is not to be made along with the application. Successful applicants will be notified by mail when the tickets may be picked up and paid for at the Tribe’s Stadium box office.
Fans are encouraged to NOT call the Cleveland Indians regarding World Series ticket information.
“We appreciate the intense interest of Cleveland fans,” Business Manager Rudie Schaffer said last night, “but all information is being announced in newspapers and on the radio as soon as we receive it. Phoning the ball club will only delay the entire procedure.”
Here is a list of Do’s the Indians have prepared:
- Address applications to WORLD SERIES OFFICE, Cleveland Indians. Cleveland 13. Ohio.
- Print or typewrite your full name and address on your letter of application.
- Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your application.
- Sign your application in your own handwriting. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
- Applications must be postmarked on Tuesday, September 28 or thereafter.
- You may order one, two, three or four tickets for the three games to be played in Cleveland. If the third game is not necessary, your money will be refunded.
Here is a list of Do Not’s for applicants:
- Do not mail your applications before 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. All orders postmarked prior to that date will not be accepted.
- Do not bring your application to the stadium in person
- Do not apply for more than four seats each game for the series.
- Do not send in more than one order for series seats.
- Do not send checks, cash or money orders with your application for tickets. They will be paid for on delivery.
- Do not write a long letter of application. Please make your notes brief and to the point to facilitate handling.