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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 29, 2022

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1948: When Boudreau Led the Boys

Lemon Wins 20th, Tribe Keeps Pace with Sox; Indians 9, Browns 1

March 1, 2016 |

September 11, 1948

In just his first full season as a starting pitcher, Bob Lemon has asserted himself as the ace of the Indians staff several times, but this afternoon may have been the culmination of his work to transform from a utility player to a star pitcher.

Lemon won his 20th game of the season after a rocky start with his control in the game. The Indians plated three early runs and had a six-run outburst to give the Tribe a 9-1 victory and sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader with the St. Louis Browns. It is the Indians’ sixth straight victory. Cleveland battered southpaw Al Gerheauser of St. Louis in his first big league appearance since June. The lefty was just recalled from Toledo yesterday. Read More

Gromek Gives Tribe First Weekend Win With Complete Game; Indians 4, Browns 1

March 1, 2016 |

September 11, 1948

In a weekend sure to fill even the biggest fans with their share of baseball, Steve Gromek started a busy weekend the right way with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Browns on Saturday afternoon.

The Indians used two runs in the first inning and two more in the third to take control of the game while Gromek did not allow a hit to the Brownies until the fifth inning in front of 32,248 fans. Only 19,210 spectators were paid admissions for today’s Ladies Day crowd. Cleveland’s win is the first in a weekend that features a doubleheader today and tomorrow, a product of previous rainouts between St. Louis and the Tribe. Read More

Rosen Recalled After Successful Minor League Season

March 1, 2016 |

September 11, 1948

Al Rosen, the American Association’s batting champion and league’s most valuable rookie, joined the Indians yesterday.

Indians manager Lou Boudreau said he would not hesitate to use Rosen as a pinch-hitter in the Tribe’s stretch run, but he did not expect him or the four other farmhands recalled yesterday to see much serious playing time. Read More

Bearden Uses Arm and Bat to Demolish Detroit; Indians 10, Tigers 1

February 29, 2016 |

September 10, 1948

Gene Bearden (14-7, 2.72) is proving that he can do it all, as he led the Cleveland Indians past the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon by a score of 10-1.

Bearden, the Indians rookie southpaw sensation, drove in more runs with his bat than he allowed with his arm and gave the Indians a sweep of the lowly Tigers and their fourth consecutive win. The victory becomes even more important when Boston’s loss to the New York Yankees is considered, as Joe DiMaggio hit a tenth inning grand slam to sink the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. The Indians now trail Boston by only three and a half games and New York by only one game. Read More

Ken Keltner Day was Well-Deserved for Longtime Indian

February 29, 2016 |

September 10, 1948

Just like he had hoped, Ken Keltner has been with the Cleveland Indians for a long time now.

When Keltner joined the ball club in 1937, the only other current Indian was an 18-year-old Bob Feller. The baseball world was talking about the collapse of the Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig-built Yankee dynasty and the rest of the world was talking about the Marihuana Tax Act that had just become a law the day before Keltner first donned a Tribe uniform.

It was just two months before Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered, three days before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his famous “Quarantine Speech” in Chicago and just weeks after President Abraham Lincoln’s head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore. It certainly has been a long, long time. Read More

Tribe Walks-Off in Extras Again; Indians 3, Tigers 2

February 28, 2016 |

September 9, 1948

Sam Zoldak (9-9, 3.64) could probably get used to this, as the Indians left-hander vultured his second extra inning win in as many days when the Indians used 13 frames to beat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 3-2.

The game promised to be a good pitcher’s duel and turned out to be just that, as Bob Feller and Hal Newhouser locked horns in a battle of All-Stars. Indians reliever Satchel Paige was unable to hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning, but Zoldak shut the Tigers offense down out of the bullpen for the second straight game until Eddie Robinson got the game-winning single in the 13th. The Robinson knock scored third baseman Ken Keltner, who was honored this evening at the Stadium for spending ten years with the Indians organization. Read More

Tribe Hangs On in Extras, Still Hanging in Race; Indians 8, Tigers 7

February 27, 2016 |

September 8, 1948

One streak was extended and another one snapped, but most importantly the Indians were able to keep pace in the American League pennant chase as they defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-7 in eleven innings. The game was not without dramatics at the end.

With one out, the bases loaded and the score tied 7-7 in the eleventh inning, first baseman Wally Judnich sent a grounder toward Tiger second baseman Neil Berry, who fired home to try and cut down runner Larry Doby. The throw was low and pulled catcher Hal Wagner off the dish, allowing Doby to score the winning run. Wagner and Detroit skipper Steve O’Neill argued that the catcher gathered himself and touched home before Doby, but the argument fell on deaf ears as home plate umpire Eddie Hurley stood by his decision. Read More

Lemon Goes for 20, Doby Goes for 19

February 27, 2016 |

September 8, 1948

Tonight, the Cleveland Indians return home after a 14-day, 16-game road trip in which they went a disappointing 8-8 and dropped to third place, four and a half games out of first. It was a trip that started out so promising, as the Tribe took seven of the first eleven contests, and then ended with a thud when the team dropped three of the final four to the woeful St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. The Indians will now play 21 of their final 24 contests at Cleveland Stadium and, needless to say…it’s good to be home.

The Tribe will kick off their long homestand by squaring off against the Detroit Tigers, the fifth place team in the American League. The Tigers currently sit 18 games out and will face baseball’s hottest pitcher and one of its hottest hitters on Wednesday. Read More

Tribe Opens Homestand Tomorrow Needing Better Play and Help

February 26, 2016 |

September 7, 1948

With 23 games remaining in the 1948 season, the Cleveland Indians are going to need a couple things to happen if they still hope to win the pennant.

After splitting a doubleheader yesterday in Chicago, the Tribe is now four and a half games back of first place, the farthest out of first place they have been all season. In order to still win the pennant, Cleveland is going to have to play very well and Boston and New York will have to flounder. Read More

Feller Shuts Out Sox in Darkness Shortened Game; Indians 1, White Sox 0

February 25, 2016 |

September 6, 1948

The second game of today’s doubleheader in Chicago may be a bit comparative to the Indians season. After a great start, with lots of promise, the game slowly faded into the darkness and despite a 1-0 victory by the Tribe over the Chicago White Sox, it just might not be enough.

The game was called just after 7 p.m. on the south side of Chicago due to darkness, limiting the contest to just one hour and 21 minutes of playing time. The twin bill fell behind due to rain keeping the first game from starting on time, then another 48-minute rain delay in the first inning of that game. Despite the victory, the Boston Red Sox won again in Washington and the Indians completed their 16-game road trip four and a half games in back of first place. Read More

Late Rally Falls Short On South Side, Falls Farther From First; White Sox 3, Indians 1

February 25, 2016 |

September 6, 1948

When the Cleveland Indians list the reasons they fell short of the 1948 pennant, somewhere on that list Dave Philley’s name will be found.

Philley, who beat the Indians on a ninth inning home run off Bob Lemon two weeks ago in Cleveland, drove in two runs and scored the third run himself while playing spectacular defense. In addition to his offense, Philley threw out one would-be scoring Tribesman and prevented several more with a fine running catch. Philley and his last place White Sox mates used his fine play to beat the Indians 3-1 in a closely contested game. Read More

Tribe Rained Out in St. Louis as Pennant Hopes Seeming All Wet

February 24, 2016 |

September 5, 1948

Even when they don’t play, the Indians seem to lose a little in the American League standings.

Today the Indians were rained out in St. Louis. What was supposed to be a four-game series in the Gateway City was cut short at just three, with the Browns taking two of the games. The two teams will make up today’s rainout next Saturday in Cleveland as part of a doubleheader. The two teams will play a twin bill on back-to-back days in a 48-hour four-game series. Read More