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.
August 8, 1948
In front of another record setting crowd of 73,484 Sunday afternoon the Cleveland Indians rose to the occasion with one of their biggest victories of the season.
Trailing by five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tribe rallied to score five runs behind home runs from Eddie Robinson and Johnny Berardino and a key, two-out base hit by the injured Lou Boudreau. Boudreau’s base hit tied the game at six in the five run rally and Robinson’s second homer of the game an inning later gave them an 8-6 come from behind victory.
“I saw Lou eyeing those bats as that rally progressed,” recalled Coach Bill McKechnie. “I knew what he was going to do.”
Zoldak (6-7, 3.81) was outstanding in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader, pitching arguably his best game as an Indian. Zoldak threw a complete game, one run, seven-hitter to lead the Indians to a 6-1 victory over Boston. The win moves the Tribe percentage points ahead of the Red Sox and vaults the Indians into second place, one game behind front-running Philadelphia.
June 25, 1948
This is not the Bob Feller Indians’ fans have grown accustomed to over the last decade.
Last night, Feller lost his fourth decision out of his last five and his record has dropped to 6-8 with a 3.78 ERA. This isn’t the star who arrived in Cleveland when he was 17 years old in 1936 and was a 19-year-old All-Star in 1938.
May 14, 1948
Despite being 11-5 after 16 games — and 13 road games — the Cleveland Indians still have a long-term problem with their pitching staff, namely their starting rotation.
Bob Feller and Bob Lemon have combined to win six of the Tribe’s 11 games and appear to be ready to be a one-two punch for the season. However, the only win by a starter other than the tandem is Gene Bearden’s 6-1 victory last Saturday in Washington. Al Gettel and Don Black have failed twice each. Bob Muncrief has stumbled once and Bill Kennedy will have his chance on Sunday against the struggling Chicago White Sox.
It seems everyone has had a chance to start, everyone except Ed Klieman.
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?