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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 20, 2021

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Posts By Mike B.

Tribe Stomps Tigers, Earns at Least Tie for Pennant; Indians 8, Tigers 0

March 22, 2016 |

October 2, 1948

What has seemed imminent for days is still not official, but now is a little closer.

This afternoon the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers, 8-0, in front of 56,235 anxious spectators and did not clinch the American League pennant, but assured themselves of at least a tie. Cleveland used a five-run fifth inning and an eight-hit shutout from rookie left-hander Gene Bearden.

Cleveland’s victory moves them to 96-57 in the standings while holding a one-game lead over the Boston Red Sox as the two teams head to the last day of the season. Boston defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 in Fenway Park to eliminate the Yankees from contention. After 153 games, the tightest American League pennant race in history is finally just a two-team race. Read More

Tribe Drops Game, Pennant Tie in Ninth Inning; Tigers 5, Indians 3

March 21, 2016 |

October 1, 1948

Indians manager Lou Boudreau was clear after the game that his team was not tight on the field this afternoon. If they weren’t, they might have reason to be tight now.

Cleveland held a one-run lead with just two outs to go in Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers before three walks and two errors set the Tribe back, 5-3, at Municipal Stadium in front of 15,988. Had the Indians won, they would have assured themselves at least a tie for the American League pennant.

“No, the team wasn’t tightened up,” Boudreau said after the game. “The breaks went against us in the late innings.” Read More

Cleveland Ready for a Pennant Party

March 21, 2016 |

October 1, 1948

Somewhere the champagne is on ice and the pennant is ready to be unfolded and hung high on the Municipal Stadium flagpole.

But the Cleveland Indians still have some work to do to put the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees away and win their first flag in 28 years. Cleveland was idle yesterday and remains 95-56 in the standings, but both Boston and New York won the finales of their series. Boston defeated Washington 7-3 at Fenway Park, while New York beat Philadelphia 9-7 at Shibe Park. Both contenders are off today before concluding the season with two games against one another in Boston in the league’s most tightly contested race ever. Read More

Over 2.5 Million Tickets Requested for Tribe World Series

March 20, 2016 |

September 30, 1948

The Cleveland Indians need a bigger ballpark.

That seems impossible for a team that has housed over 82,000 for a June doubleheader, but it appears to be the case involving the fans’ outpour for World Series ticket requests. According to Indians team president Bill Veeck, the organization has received approximately 2.5 million ticket requests in the first 48 hours since the ball club has begun accepting applications. Read More

Gordon and Keltner Help Tribe Close In On Pennant; Indians 5, White Sox 2

March 19, 2016 |

September 29, 1948

The 1948 pennant has not been spotted inside Municipal Stadium just yet, but its arrival is being eagerly anticipated.

The Indians took another step closer to earning their first World Series birth in 28 years with a come-from-behind victory to defeat the Chicago White Sox Wednesday afternoon, 5-2. The 13,559 fans in attendance saw Bob Feller win his seventh straight decision behind the offensive exploits of Joe Gordon and Ken Keltner. Each homered and doubled to provide the necessary offense for the Tribe in the sixth and seventh innings.

Both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees won their games to keep pace with the Tribe, but time is running out for both clubs. Both pennant chasers trail the Indians by two games with only three remaining on their schedules. Cleveland can guarantee itself no worse than a tie with another win and clinch the pennant with two victories. Read More

Hegan the Best There Is According to Bearden

March 19, 2016 |

September 29, 1948

Regardless of how the Indians’ season ends, it’s been one of breakout performances. None could be bigger than the emergence of rookie left-hander Gene Bearden.

Bearden tossed a four-hit shutout en route to an 11-0 victory last night against the Chicago White Sox. The win was Bearden’s 18th of the season and moved the Indians two games ahead of both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees with just four games remaining.

The 28-year-old Bearden spent six seasons in the minor leagues and two more years serving in the war. He was a Purple Heart recipient, suffering from leg injuries in combat. Upon leaving the military Bearden was told he’d likely never play baseball again, yet two seasons removed from his discharge, he’s pitching the Tribe to the pennant. Read More

Tribe Provides Big Show on Joe Early Night; Indians 11, White Sox 0

March 18, 2016 |

September 28, 1948

The Cleveland Indians and team president Bill Veeck like to give their fans a show on and off the field. On Tuesday evening they did just that while starting to take advantage of the American League pennant race.

Cleveland pounded out 13 hits and Gene Bearden threw a four-hit shutout to defeat the Chicago White Sox 11-0 in front of 60,405 spectators on Joe Early Night. The evening was orchestrated to honor the common fan, like Joe Early. The offensive outburst and shutout was anything but a common game on the shores of Lake Erie.

The victory, combined with afternoon losses by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, gives the Tribe a two-game lead in the standings over both contenders with just four games remaining. If Cleveland can win three of their final four games, they will clinch the pennant, regardless of what the other two teams do. Read More

Don Black Taken Off Danger List

March 18, 2016 |

September 28, 1948

Don Black yesterday was taken off the danger list at Charity Hospital.

Hospital attendants said that the Indians pitcher had spent his “best day” since admitted to the hospital two weeks ago after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while at bat during a ball game against the St. Louis Browns on September 13. Read More

Rosen Eligible for World Series

March 18, 2016 |

September 28, 1948

The Indians have just a one-game lead with five games to play, but if they qualify for the World Series, their roster has been approved.

Commissioner Happy Chandler approved the roster last night, with one surprise. Rookie Al Rosen was given approval to be eligible for the Fall Classic. The Rookie of the Year in the American Association was declared eligible upon the petition submitted by the Indians after pitcher Don Black was injured.

Normally, Rosen would not be eligible because he did not report to the Indians prior to August 31. Read More

Out of Town Fans Working With Postmasters to Get to Series

March 17, 2016 |

September 27, 1948

The Cleveland Indians have yet to clinch a spot in the World Series, but that isn’t stopping fans around northern Ohio from making plans.

Last week Indians team president Bill Veeck announced that the organization would begin accepting World Series ticket requests by mail on Tuesday. No requests postmarked before 12:01 a.m. on September 28 would be considered for tickets. Despite the newspaper and radio announcements clearly stating the rules, the ball club has already received 20,000 requests that have been returned to senders since they are too early. Read More

Boudreau Likes Tribe’s Chances After Feller Gem

March 17, 2016 |

September 27, 1948

After a winter that had trade rumors and his managerial position being removed from his title, Lou Boudreau has endured quite a pressure packed season and a pennant race.

He appeared as relaxed and more calm than at any point this season when the Tribe traveled home on the train from Detroit to Cleveland Sunday night. The Indians player-manager just helped lead his club to a series win at Briggs Stadium over the Tigers that saw the team regain sole possession of first place in the American League for the first time since August 26. Even at his happiest moment, Boudreau didn’t want to get too excited.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Boudreau said. “Remember the Red Sox are going home. Read More

Feller Fires Five-Hitter to Put Tribe in Sole Possession of First Place; Indians 4, Tigers 1

March 16, 2016 |

September 26, 1948

It’s not over, but the view for the Cleveland Indians could not look much better as they head home for the final five games of the season.

Bob Feller, a pitcher who has looked past his prime for much of the summer, has found the fountain of youth in the last month and pitched the Tribe back into sole possession of first place. Feller hurled a five-hitter this afternoon, allowing just one hit before the fourth inning and another afterward. The win, combined with the 6-2 victory by the New York Yankees over the Red Sox today, gives the Indians a one-game lead on both contenders with five games remaining. Read More