Posts By Mike B.
September 26, 1948
Former Cleveland Indians player and manager Steve O’Neill is likely rooting on the inside for the Tribe to win the pennant, but you won’t catch a glimpse of that on the outside or by his actions.
O’Neill, a Cleveland resident, will send left-handed ace Hal Newhouser to the mound this afternoon to try and stifle the Indians and their pennant hopes. The Tigers skipper makes no secret though, the Indians will see him in the final series of the season next weekend at Municipal Stadium.
Newhouser, looking for his 20th win of the season, will start this afternoon and if the Indians knock him out of the box early, he will start again on Friday in Cleveland. If he goes the distance today, O’Neill plans to use him Thursday against the St. Louis Browns and then in the season finale on Sunday on just two days rest.
September 25, 1948
With playoff scenarios for tie-breakers set a day ago, every game is starting to feel like a one-game playoff for survival in the American League pennant race.
Today, the Indians won their most recent survival game, defeating the Detroit Tigers 9-3 in front of 30,087 spectators at Briggs Stadium. The Tribe used a stellar pitching performance from Gene Bearden, who did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, and 14 hits from the offense to take control early against five different Tiger hurlers. Cleveland’s five-run fifth inning put the contest away early.
September 24, 1948
It’s crowded at the top.
A big name star or personality may feel crowded by the people around him or her, but in the case of the Cleveland Indians they’re crowded by the top of the standings.
This afternoon the Indians lost 4-3 at the hands of the Detroit Tigers in front of 10,464 fans at Briggs Stadium. Bob Lemon was not at his best and wild with control early, while the Tribe offense could not muster a big inning despite three home runs. Fred Hutchinson stifled the Tribe early and only allowed solo home runs through a cold, cutting wind.
September 24, 1948
If you were in Chicago this morning and heard something sounding like a bunch of change falling on the floor, it was just the American League determining home field for all their playoff scenarios.
Representatives from the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees met in Chicago at the office of Will Harridge, American League president, to determine home field if teams end the season in a tie for first place. Currently, the Indians and Red Sox are tied atop the standings and the Yankees are just a game behind. All three teams have eight games remaining on the regular season schedule.
September 23, 1948
After last night’s win at Municipal Stadium against the Boston Red Sox, it felt like the Indians had won the pennant. The reality remains however that the Indians have a lot of work to do.
Despite permission for the commissioner to begin printing World Series tickets, the Indians have eight games remaining in a very tight pennant race. The Tribe is now tied with the Red Sox for first place and the New York Yankees remain just one game behind the top spot.
Many players and sportswriters around the league believe the Indians are the favorite to take the flag, however. Cleveland’s eight games are against second division teams, while Boston and New York play each other five times in the last eight.
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.
September 22, 1948
The American League pennant race is deadlocked at the top with just eight games remaining.
Cleveland, who was four and a half games behind Boston just two weeks ago, tied the front-running Boston Red Sox for the lead in the American League with a 5-2 victory in front of 76,772 spectators on Don Black Night. Black is the Tribe’s fallen pitcher who has been hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage. He’ll receive approximately $40,380 of the gate receipts. The win extends the Indians’ current winning streak to seven games.
September 22, 1948
After 145 games, the Cleveland Indians have played many big games and key series this season. But tonight’s game is the Tribe’s newest “game of the year.”
With just nine games remaining on the schedule the Indians and Boston Red Sox will meet for the 22nd and final time this season. Currently, the Red Sox lead the Indians by one game in the American League pennant chase. A win tonight for Cleveland will tie them with Boston in the standings with an eight-game sprint remaining to the marathon season. A loss by the Tribe and they’ll be two back with just eight to play and a much more difficult road to the flag.
September 21, 1948
There was a lot of talk about the American League pennant around Briggs Stadium and the Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox were the only game on Tuesday’s American League schedule. The Red Sox used a six-run third inning to beat the Tigers, 10-2, this afternoon and put Boston a full game ahead of the Tribe as they prepare for Wednesday night’s showdown at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
September 20, 1948
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective in earning the necessary result.
It’s the best way to describe the Cleveland Indians and rookie left-hander Gene Bearden’s effort on Monday night. The southpaw and Purple Heart recipient matched up with fellow war hero Lou Brissie and earned the win 6-3 in front of 44,442 patrons at Municipal Stadium.
Bearden pitched the Tribe into the seventh inning but needed help from reliever Russ Christopher to complete the contest. It wasn’t Bearden’s best performance of his 16 wins this season, but it was enough to beat the struggling Athletics and keep the Tribe a half game behind Boston for first place in the standings and a half game ahead of third place New York. Each team won their game this evening.
September 19, 1948
Cleveland, we have a pennant race.
Just five days ago the Cleveland Indians trailed the Boston Red Sox by four games and were mired in third place. But riding a five-game winning streak, the Indians took a pair of games this afternoon from the Philadelphia Athletics and cut their deficit in the American League standings to just a half game.
The Tribe won the second game this afternoon, just 2-0, on the aid of two Lou Boudreau home runs and a shutout performance by Steve Gromek. Boudreau’s 15th and 16th homers were the first time in eight years the Indians’ player-manager has hit two bombs in a game. His two homers were the first in a game since he did the feat in Detroit in 1940 and were his 100th and 101st runs batted in this season.
September 19, 1948
On the final Sunday of scheduled American League twin bills, the Cleveland Indians made more attendance history and gave the fans a reason to keep hope alive in the pennant race.
In front of 75,382 spectators, setting a new single-season attendance mark, Larry Doby hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to break a deadlock between the Philadelphia Athletics and Indians. Doby’s homer gave the Indians a 5-3 victory in the first game of the twin bill. The win was the first registered on the center field scoreboard among the Tribe, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The other two teams remain tied in the late innings of their first games today.