October 11, 1948
Hopefully the Cleveland Indians are very comfortable in their own clothes. For many of them, the shirt on their back is all their taking with them back to Boston.
Yesterday, the Indians suffered an 11-5 defeat in Game Five, forcing the two teams back to Boston for this afternoon’s game at Braves Field. Most Tribe players did not pack in advance, fearing they would jinx their performance and hoping they would be able to clinch at home in front of the Cleveland fans.
“We had better finish it tomorrow and come back home. This is all I’ve got with me,” said one of the players, pulling out a pocket comb.
When the Indians and Braves played a two hour and 20 minute game, the two teams had just over two hours to collect their things and depart on a 5:30 p.m. train from Union Terminal for Boston. Most players did not bring luggage to Cleveland Stadium and few had time to scramble back to their homes for a change of clothes.
“It’s not that we had this game won before we play it,” said one Tribesman boarding the train without baggage. “I’d rather go this way than put the whammy on us by packing before the game.”
A few light-packing Tribe members had their wives bring luggage to the terminal, but most headed to Boston with just the clothes on their back. It’s the third time in eight days the Indians have had to hurry to catch a train. Last Sunday the Tribe had to hustle to get a train to Boston for the Indians’ one-game playoff against the Red Sox, then after Game Two of the World Series with the Braves, the Indians had just an hour and a half from the end of the game to make their train home.
The superstitious Indians will try to clinch their first World Series title in 28 years this afternoon. Their confidence on the field will hopefully bring them back to Cleveland for a celebration before their clothes become too dank for fans to congratulate them.
Photo: Cleveland Memory Project