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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 18, 2021

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1948: When Boudreau Led the Boys

Indians Get Their First Look at the Boston Braves

March 25, 2016 |

October 5, 1948

For the first time since 1920, the Cleveland Indians are in the World Series. They will take on the National League’s best, the 91-62 Boston Braves, in the 45th World Series.

The Indians were victorious in Boston against the Red Sox on Monday in a one-game playoff for the American League pennant, one day after Bob Feller was unable to secure the title during the regular season. They remain in Massachusetts to begin their pursuit of a world championship at Braves Field against the Braves. Read More

Boudreau’s Selection of Bearden Was Secret But Easy Choice

March 25, 2016 |

October 5, 1948

Beaten and dejected Sunday afternoon the Indians quickly learned upon reaching the clubhouse at Municipal Stadium that the Boston Red Sox had completed their 10-5 victory over the New York Yankees and tied the Indians for the top spot in the American League.

The Indians would have to board a train that evening for Boston and take on the Red Sox in Fenway Park the following afternoon. A two-game lead with three games to play had been squandered and some of the second-guessing that has followed Indians manager Lou Boudreau the last couple seasons was in the air. Read More

Tribe Celebrates In Clubhouse After Clincher

March 24, 2016 |

October 4, 1948

When Eddie Robinson caught Ken Keltner’s throw from the grass of the Fenway Park infield the Indians had officially clinched the American League pennant and a summer of tension and pressure finally burst loose.

Indians starter Gene Bearden started to saunter off the mound toward the first base dugout but Keltner and Robinson quickly mobbed him, followed there after by catcher Jim Hegan. Soon the bullpen and the rest of the team spilled on to the field and took part in the celebration as they carried Bearden off the field in front of the 33,957 dejected fans. Read More

Bearden’s Surprise Start and Three Homers Send Tribe to Series; Indians 8, Red Sox 3

March 24, 2016 |

October 4, 1948

After five and a half months and 155 big games, the Cleveland Indians finally won their biggest game of the season and clinched the American League pennant.

The Tribe’s Gene Bearden used an array of knuckleballs to keep the Boston Red Sox off balance most of the afternoon and Lou Boudreau and Ken Keltner provided the necessary offense to give Cleveland an 8-3 victory in a winner-take-all one game playoff. Bearden’s start was kept secret until this morning and was not confirmed until he went to the bullpen to warm up in front of the 33,957 Boston fans.

Bearden’s fine effort on the mound was rewarded with his jubilant teammates carrying him off the field. Had all the stars of this game been carried off the field, there would not have been enough teammates left to do the hoisting. Read More

Galehouse Unlikely Starting Selection for Sox, Tribe Mum on Starter

March 24, 2016 |

October 4, 1948

Boston Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy has made a surprising choice for the American League playoff game today. Meanwhile, the Indians still have not made their choice.

Tribe skipper Lou Boudreau says he will not announce his starter until they go to the bullpen to warm up for the game. Most pundits believe it will be Bob Lemon, who last started on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. If not Lemon, then possibly Bob Feller, who did not finish the third inning when the Indians fell behind on Sunday. Boudreau may have given Feller a quick hook to preserve his availability today. The Tribe skipper also feels Gene Bearden or several others are possibilities. Read More

Fans Remain Faithful, Over 1,000 See Tribe Sendoff

March 23, 2016 |

October 3, 1948

Cleveland’s stick to the finish club – more than 1,000 jostling, noisy fans – tonight saw the Indians entrain for Boston and their playoff game for the American League pennant.

The Tribesmen entered the Union Terminal singly and in groups of two and three, and with recognition of each new arrival cheers went up from the crowd. Read More

Tribe Routed Early, Will Face Boston in One-Game Playoff Tomorrow; Tigers 7, Indians 1

March 23, 2016 |

October 3, 1948

The pennant winning party scheduled for all weekend set over the horizon of Lake Erie without even a single champagne pop.

As the Detroit Tigers headed west with their season complete, the Cleveland Indians were set to travel east to Boston. However, after today’s 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Bengals, the Indians will not be headed Beantown to take on the Braves in the World Series. Instead, Cleveland will battle the Boston Red Sox for a 23rd time this season in a one-game playoff Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

It is the first time in the American League’s 48-year history that two teams tied after 154 games. It’s only the second time in baseball history.

“The loss didn’t get (us) down,” Indians manager Lou Boudreau said after the game. “The boys just feel they’re going to Boston a day early.” Read More

Feller the One to Pitch Tribe to Pennant

March 23, 2016 |

October 3, 1948

The Baseball Gods sometimes have a twisted sense of humor, but this time it looks like fate got it just right.

This afternoon Bob Feller will walk to the mound in Municipal Stadium with a chance to send the Cleveland Indians to the World Series for the first time in 28 years. One of the greatest pitchers in the franchise’s history has the chance to add a special line to legacy with a win this afternoon.

“He’s as good a pitcher right now as he has ever been,” Lou Boudreau declared. “Maybe he’s better than ever. I believe he’ll win. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t start him.” Read More

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