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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 16, 2021

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1948: When Boudreau Led the Boys

Red Hot Tribe Cooled by Rain for Second Straight Day

October 2, 2013 |

April 28, 1948

To date, no team in the American League can find a way to defeat the Cleveland Indians. Mother Nature can’t beat the Tribe, but she’s stopped them from continuing their winning ways for the second straight day.

The Indians were rained out this afternoon in Chicago and now will board a train for St. Louis for a two-game series with the Browns. The second consecutive washout in Chicago changes the Tribe’s rotation for yet the second straight day. Bob Lemon (1-0), who was slated to pitch the last two days, will get the ball tomorrow in St. Louis against right-hander Cliff Fannin (1-0). Bob Feller (2-0) will pitch on Friday against the Browns. Feller already defeated the Browns once this season in the home opener.

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Veeck Struggling Physically but Thriving Professionally

October 2, 2013 |

April 28, 1948

The Indians will head to the South Side of Chicago undefeated, but without owner Bill Veeck.

Veeck is returning to Cleveland for further medical checkups on his leg. Veeck, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, lost his foot in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

The series with the White Sox would have marked a homecoming of sorts for Veeck, a Chicago native whose father, William Sr., was a newspaper reporter turned executive with the Cubs. The younger Veeck grew up around the game of baseball, and planted the ivy at Wrigley Field. He became the Cubs’ treasurer after his father died unexpectedly.

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Tribe Game Canceled in Chicago Due to Morning Rain

October 1, 2013 |

April 27, 1948

The official record will list today’s Cleveland Indians game at the Chicago White Sox as a rain out, but unofficially it was canceled due to poor decision making.

Hard rain fell around the Chicago area around 9 a.m. and the game was canceled quickly by 10 a.m. However, the sun came out and it was a beautiful day that easily could have included baseball at Comiskey Park. The Pale Hose might have been quick to wash away the game with Bob Lemon (1-0) slated to pitch today and Bob Feller tomorrow for the Tribe. Chicago will be able to substitute rookie Bill Wight for staff ace Joe Haynes (0-2) tomorrow.

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Rotation Questions Abound After Five Games

October 1, 2013 |

April 27, 1948

Entering the season, the Cleveland Indians were aware that their major question mark was their starting pitching. After five victories, the questions remain and even might have grown.

At the top of the rotation, Bob Feller and Bob Lemon have combined for three quality starts. Feller shutout the St. Louis Browns last Tuesday in the home opener and beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Saturday. Lemon threw a complete game of his own in the Indians’ first game in Detroit, a 8-2 victory.

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Late Rally and Extra Inning Homer Keep Tribe Perfect; Indians 12, White Sox 11

September 30, 2013 |

April 26, 1948

Finding a hero is difficult for the Cleveland Indians after Monday’s 12-11 come from behind victory at Comiskey Park.

Finding a hero is difficult because they had so many deserving candidates, including Lou Boudreau’s five hits, Eddie Robinson’s 14th inning home run, Russ Christopher’s five scoreless innings in relief, Ed Klieman’s three scoreless before Christopher and Bob Feller coming out of the bullpen to end Chicago’s rally in the final inning.

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Keltner Clouts and Bullpen Help Tribe Come Back; Indians 7, Tigers 4

September 29, 2013 |

April 25, 1948

After two days of occasional rain in Detroit, the sun came out to shine Sunday afternoon. While it appeared early that the rays of sun would give the Tigers some new life, the Indians proved they could hit in any weather.

Ken Keltner hit two home runs to help the Indians come back from an early deficit, and Bob Muncrief and Russ Christopher held the Bengals in check the final seven frames to give the Indians a 7-4 victory and sweep of the three game series. The 48,880 Detroit hopeful had little to cheer about after the second inning. The sweep asserts some muscle toward Detroit, a team the Indians will have to rival for third place throughout the season. Cleveland remains the only undefeated team in the American League circuit.

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Feller’s Finger Provides the Right Touch to Pitching Gem; Indians 4, Tigers 1

September 28, 2013 |

April 24, 1948

Imagine if he had control?

For the last three days, Bob Feller has told fans and reporters alike that he questioned his control and feel for the baseball with his current finger contusion suffered during Tuesday’s home opener. Despite a lack of touch, Feller toiled nine more innings allowing just five hits and one walk as the Indians won their second straight game in Detroit, 4-1.

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Lemon Defeats Nerves and Nature Before Tigers

September 28, 2013 |

April 24, 1948

Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. When you are both, you’re pretty tough to beat.

That was the case for Bob Lemon yesterday when he and the Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-2 at Briggs Stadium. For Lemon, it was the first of what he hopes will be many wins this season. Lemon has been asserted the Tribe’s second starter behind Bob Feller. However, Lemon almost was unable to pitch Friday.

While Lemon was throwing Thursday morning at Cleveland Stadium, a nerve twitched in his arm, paralyzing it for a moment. Trainer Lefty Weisman rubbed down Lemon’s arm and it felt fine again.

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Lemon and Keltner Pace Tribe Past Detroit; Indians 8, Tigers 2

September 27, 2013 |

April 23, 1948

We assume Bob Lemon didn’t drive the bus that took the team to Detroit yesterday afternoon, but it seems he did everything else this afternoon.

Lemon pitched nine strong innings, allowing only two runs and six hits, and hit a home run to help ruin the Tigers’ home opener this afternoon. Cleveland won the contest 8-2 for their second victory of the season. Ken Keltner hit two home runs of his own in helping the Tribe remain the American League’s last undefeated team.

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Lemon and Starting Staff Key to Tribe’s Success

September 26, 2013 |

April 22, 1948

On Tuesday, the Indians rode always-reliable ace Bob Feller to a two-hit shutout and 4-0 victory in the home opener over the St. Louis Browns. Feller’s domination over the always lowly Browns was no surprise.

The question for the Tribe and its rotation is what remains behind Feller.

Cleveland will send Bob Lemon to the mound Friday afternoon in Detroit at Briggs Stadium against the Tigers in their home opener. Lemon is hoping to make considerable strides as a pitcher this season and emerge as a strong second pitcher behind Feller.

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Greenberg Learning Front Office While Still Looking at Field

September 25, 2013 |

April 21, 1948

The last few months have been eventful for long-time big leaguer Hank Greenberg.

The Cleveland Indians spent the majority of the spring trying to determine what capacity Hammering Hank would serve with the ball club. He entered Spring Training as a potential candidate to fill one of the vacancies on the roster. As the spring progressed, the need for him to play the field appeared to be less and less the focus of the team.

With a new title and a new emphasis on working at the higher levels of the organization, has the playing career of the legendary Greenberg come to an end?

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Tribe Has High Hopes, but Still Chasing Yankees and Red Sox as Season Starts

September 24, 2013 |

April 20,1948

When the Indians take the field this afternoon, the likely largest opening day crowd ever will see a team with many changes from the 1947 season. Even this morning, manager Lou Boudreau still is uncertain of his starting lineup.

The new look Cleveland Indians have 14 new members on the team from a season ago. The Indians will look to improve upon their 80-74 record from a year ago that landed them in fourth place in the American League, 25 games behind the World Series Champion New York Yankees. With rumor of Boudreau possibly being traded last offseason, the Indians have higher expectations than a mediocre finish.

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