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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 8, 2021

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1948: When Boudreau Led the Boys

Boudreau’s Sore Thumb Aiding Hitting Slump

March 7, 2016 |

September 17, 1948

With an 0-for-4 at the plate on Thursday, Lou Boudreau is officially in a hitting slump.

In the Indians 6-3 win, Cleveland pounded out ten hits against Sid Hudson and Dick Welteroth. Boudreau, however, was not responsible for any of the base knocks.

He is hitless in each of his last eleven trips to the plate and has just two hits in his last 24 at bats (.083). He reached with a single in Sunday’s 3-3 tie against St. Louis and a double the next day, again against the Browns. He has walked twice and driven in two runs, but has not crossed the plate himself. Read More

Five-Run First Puts Indians Back in Win Column; Indians 6, Senators 3

March 6, 2016 |

September 16, 1948

Gene Bearden settled in after a rough beginning to his outing Thursday night and went the distance as the Indians offense erupted for a five-run first on the way to a much needed win for Cleveland over the Washington Senators, 6-3.

The Senators jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off of Bearden in the first. The first batter of the game, Eddie Yost, doubled down the left field line and scored on a single to right by Al Kozar. On the play, Yost had stopped at third, but advanced on an error at the plate as the throw from Larry Doby bounced in front of Jim Hegan and rolled all the way to the stands. A single to right by Bud Stewart one out later scored Kozar with the inning’s second run. With two outs, the Nats ran themselves out of the inning as Stewart was caught stealing by Hegan.

With Washington’s Sid Hudson on the mound, the Indians struck right back in the bottom of the frame. Dale Mitchell singled to left and moved to second on a walk by Thurman Tucker. Lou Boudreau fouled out to the first baseman Mickey Vernon before Joe Gordon was hit by a pitch in the back to load the bases. Hudson became his own worst enemy, putting a third free runner on base and forcing in Mitchell with the bases loaded walk to Ken Keltner, making it a 2-1 lead. Read More

Black Remains in Danger, But Showing Improvement

March 6, 2016 |

September 16, 1948

Cleveland Indians pitcher Don Black continues to show signs of improvement from the sudden illness that put him into a coma during the game on Monday.

The concern has been widespread throughout the city of Cleveland by both fans of the Indians and others who have no expressed interest in baseball. Read More

Cleveland’s World Series Hopes Hang On Washington Series

March 5, 2016 |

September 15, 1948

The Cleveland Indians welcome the Washington Senators into town for a key three-game series starting Thursday on the lakefront.

The Indians (84-55) will enter play three and a half games behind the front running Boston Red Sox and two full games behind the second place New York Yankees. The Philadelphia Athletics have fallen out of the playoff picture, eight full games behind Boston.

The Senators (49-92) are seventh of eight American League teams and 39 ½ games in back of Boston. After winning the first game of September against the Chicago White Sox, they have proceeded to drop 15 straight games, including six against New York, two against Boston, and four against Philadelphia, all who have played significant roles in the Indians pursuit a championship. Read More

Black May Be Winning Fight for Life

March 5, 2016 |

September 15, 1948

Indians pitcher Don Black is on the mound in the toughest fight of his career and, more importantly, his life.

He may be winning.

Late Tuesday evening shortly before 11 PM, his wife, Joyce Black, was sent home to get some sleep. She had remained with him throughout the entire ordeal. Read More

Yankees Halt Tribe, Stop Late Rally; Yankees 6, Indians 5

March 4, 2016 |

September 14, 1948

For even the biggest believers in the Cleveland Indians, the pennant hopes for 1948 are starting to flicker a little less brightly.

This afternoon the Indians lost their final matchup of the season with the New York Yankees, losing 6-5 in front of 34,064 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Bob Lemon suffered his third loss of the season against the Bronx Bombers when he couldn’t survive a four-run rally by New York in the seventh inning. Eddie Lopat, the Tribe’s nemesis for years, logged his fifth win of the season against Cleveland.

The loss for Cleveland drops them four games back of league leading Boston and two back of the Yankees, who seem cozy in second place. With only 15 games remaining, overcoming a four-game deficit and chasing down two teams seems to be a more daunting task with each passing day. Read More

Black Has Had Uphill Battles Before

March 4, 2016 |

September 14, 1948

While Don Black remains unconscious in a hospital bed at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, the fight for his life continues.

Black suffered a brain hemorrhage in the second inning of yesterday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns. Blood on his brain and spinal column created the hemorrhage and Black lost consciousness on his way to the hospital. Indians team physician, Dr. Edward Castle, believes Black will make a full recovery, but the time it will take is undetermined.

“At any rate, he is through with baseball for this season,” Castle said last night. Read More

Black Remains in Critical Condition

March 3, 2016 |

September 13, 1948

Don Black remains in critical condition at St. Vincent’s Charity Hospital and unconscious after suffering a brain hemorrhage during the second inning of today’s game against the St. Louis Browns.

In the bottom of the second inning Black was batting when he fouled off a pitch from Bill Kennedy. After the swing, he took a couple of steps back and then fell to his knees. Visibly not well, Black was offered a stretcher, but left the field on his own power with the aid of teammates. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he lost consciousness and has not regained control. Read More

Black Critically Injured, Tribe Loses Late; Browns 3, Indians 2

March 3, 2016 |

September 13, 1948

The Indians blew a 2-0 lead, allowing two runs in the eighth inning to tie the game and another in the ninth to lose a heart-breaking game, 3-2, to the St. Louis Browns in a pennant race where every game matters.

Yet, it all seemed secondary or trivial after the bottom of the second inning.

Indians starting pitcher Don Black collapsed during his first at bat and was helped from the field by his teammates after suffering an apparent brain hemorrhage. Black was Cleveland’s spot starter in the replay of Sunday afternoon’s 3-3 tie that was called due to darkness. During his at bat Black fouled a ball off from Browns’ starting pitcher Bill Kennedy, then staggered back a step or two before collapsing. Read More

Tribe Ties After 12 Innings, Will Replay Tomorrow; Indians 3, Browns 3

March 2, 2016 |

September 12, 1948

In baseball, sometimes you win and some times you lose. But you don’t tie.

Yet that’s just what the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns did this afternoon at the stadium. Cleveland plated three early runs, but only managed two hits in the final ten innings of play, leaving the winning run in scoring position on several accounts. The game was halted after 12 innings around 7:30 p.m. due to darkness. Read More

Tribe Rallies Early, Holds Off St. Louis Late; Indians 6, Browns 4

March 2, 2016 |

September 12, 1948

The Cleveland Indians appear to be getting hot at the right time, now we’ll just have to see if enough time remains for the Tribe to chase down first place.

This afternoon the Indians did what a pennant contender should do, putting away the lowly St. Louis Browns early by plating five runs in the first four innings. They used the early lead to hold off a late rally from the Brownies to win 6-4 in front of 55,616 believers at Municipal Stadium. It was the Indians’ seventh straight triumph. Read More

Browns’ Taylor Still Likes Tribe for Pennant

March 2, 2016 |

September 12, 1948

Despite being three and a half games back and in third place with just 18 games to play, St. Louis Browns’ manager Zack Taylor thinks the Cleveland Indians have little to worry about.

“I just wish we were in the spot they’re in. I wouldn’t be doing too much worrying.” Read More