Today in Tribe History: October 8, 1948

The city of Cleveland hosts a World Series game for the first time since 1920, as the Indians play the Boston Braves in Game 3 at Cleveland Stadium. A crowd of 70,306 is treated to a pitching display from rookie left-hander Gene Bearden, who blanks the Braves on five hits in a complete game 2-0 shutout.

The win gave the advantage in the series back to the Indians, two games to one.

Bearden, the knuckleballing hero of the tie-breaker game between the Indians and the Boston Red Sox just four days earlier to give Cleveland the pennant, threw his fifth straight complete game (three of which were shutouts). The rookie aided his own cause at the plate, doubling with one out in the bottom of the third and coming around to score two batters later on a grounder from Larry Doby. Dale Mitchell, who had walked after Bearden’s hit, was forced out at second, but an error on the attempt to nab Doby at first allowed the Indians’ lefty to score with the unearned run.

Jim Hegan drove in the second and final run on a one-out single to center the next inning to score Ken Keltner.

Bearden allowed five hits and struck out four in his complete game effort. Vern Bickford took the loss for Boston, allowing two runs on four hits in three and one-third innings. He walked five and struck out one.

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