July 31, 1948
The first place Boston Red Sox came into Saturday’s game as hot as the summer heat, with a 23-5 record since the Fourth of July. The Cleveland Indians finally brought a touch of cold front with them, just as the calendar is about to roll over into August. The Indians defeated the Red Sox with a 10-9 extra innings effort at the Stadium on Saturday.
Bob Feller started the game for the Indians and was opposed at the start by former Indian Joe Dobson. Neither pitcher was particularly effective, but both battled and kept their teams in the ball game until being pulled in the middle innings. Both teams’ bullpens had a struggle to keep competitive, however.
July 28, 1948
A costly error by Cleveland center fielder Larry Doby allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score in the eighth inning, as the Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Indians by a 4-3 score.
Doby was seen with his head buried in his hands in front of his locker well after the game. He overcharged a fly ball to shallow left-center field by Philadelphia’s Don White and lost the ball in the sun. The ball glanced off of the tip of his glove and bounced off of his head, allowing both Barney McCosky and Ray Coleman to score the deciding runs with two outs in the inning.
“I didn’t hear them calling,” Doby said to those present after the game. “I was just trying to get that ball. Then I lost it in the sun for a second and it came on through my glove.
July 27, 1948
In an unexpected turn of events, Bob Feller replaced Ed Klieman as Tuesday’s starter and won for the first time since July 7 as the Indians moved back into second place with a 10-5 win over the Philadelphia Athletics.
The win did not come easy for the Cleveland hurler, who was lauded with cheers to start the game from the crowd of 60,260, only to be berated with a chorus of jeers after giving up a game-tying grand slam half way through the game. The club did not give any clue that Feller would be replacing Klieman until he began his warm ups on the field 15 minutes prior to the start of the 8:30 game. He hung around long enough to earn the victory and handed the ball to Klieman to close out the ball game.
July 21, 1948
The New York Yankees are expecting more than 125,000 fans during the next three days as they continue to battle the Cleveland Indians for the American League pennant. If Allie Clark doesn’t appear intimidated by the crowd or the pressure, don’t be surprised.
“Of course, I played before a 73,000 crowd in the World Series last year, so I’m used to it,” Clark said.
July 18, 1948
It took nearly an entire team to win the second game of today’s Sunday doubleheader in Washington. Cleveland used 20 players – including six pitchers – to rally from down 3-0 early to win in 12 innings by a score of 6-4 in front of 28,631.
The doubleheader sweep, combined with former Indian Pat Seerey hitting four home runs in the first game of a doubleheader between Philadelphia and Chicago, gave the Indians a one and one-half game lead in the American League at day’s end. Seerey hit four home runs to push the White Sox past the Athletics, 12-11, in the first game of their twin bill.
June 27, 1948
Sometimes a little left is all right. That was Indians manager Lou Boudreau’s approach this afternoon.
Boudreau used seven right-handed hitters in his lineup to jump-start his offense against Washington southpaw Mickey Haefner. It paid off with four runs in the first inning, which was enough for the Tribe’s lefty, Sam Zoldak, to go the distance for a 4-1 victory in the second game of the double-dip. Zoldak earned his second victory in as many starts as a member of the Tribe.
Zoldak was the story of the afternoon as he was the master on the mound. With the exception of a double, single and error by Dale Mitchell in the third inning, he was brilliant.
After the third inning, no Senator reached second base.
June 18, 1948
After starting 27 of his first 29 games played this season, Cleveland outfielder Larry Doby has suddenly disappeared.
The 24-year-old Doby had started the season for manager Lou Boudreau’s Indians after winning the job out of spring training. After making five errors early in May while still adjusting to his new position, the former second baseman had just one more error in the next 20 games.
Coincidentally, Doby’s playing time has disappeared after the acquisition of outfielder Bob Kennedy from the Chicago White Sox in a trade two weeks ago. He had appeared in just one inning defensively since, concluding the Indians’ 5-0 win over the Washington Senators on June 4, until he started in center field against Boston on Thursday.
May 18, 1948
A strong pitching performance from southpaw Gene Bearden and a six run outburst in the first two innings gave the Cleveland Indians a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics on Tuesday night.
Bearden (2-0) held Philadelphia in check throughout the game in the first night game of the season at Cleveland Stadium. He easily outdueled fellow Purple Heart recipient Lou Brissie of the Athletics. Both men left their military obligations behind with the fear that severe injuries to their legs would prohibit them from ever playing professional baseball again.
Both have defied the odds.
May 16, 1948
Home runs by Allie Clark and Pat Seerey were not enough to make Cleveland victorious – or even keep them in the lineup, for that matter – as the Chicago White Sox ended their nine-game losing streak by defeating the Indians by a score of 6-4 in ten innings at the Stadium.
The White Sox were led by the clutch performance of Bob Kennedy and by the outstanding hitting of star third baseman “Luscious” Luke Appling. The Indians were guided to defeat by the questionable managing of player/manager Lou Boudreau, who was booed mightily for decisions made late in the ballgame.
May 7, 1948
Desperate for a win and to snap a losing streak that is starting to grow as big as their original winning streak, Bob Lemon toiled a four-hit shutout for the Indians Friday evening in their first night game of the season, blanking the Washington Senators 8-0.
April 20, 1948
The Cleveland Indians started the much-anticipated 1948 season with a decisive 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Browns this afternoon in front of 73,163 fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Bob Feller, making his sixth opening day start, dazzled the crowd and held the Browns at bay, allowing only two hits and walking two while shutting out St. Louis. He received all the offensive help he would need from his battery mate Jim Hegan, who was 3 for 3 with three RBI, including a two-run home run.