August 16, 1948
As the Indians begin to open a six-game home stand tomorrow, Indians president Bill Veeck has a message for fans. If you want good seats for any of the remaining 27 home games, you had better buy tickets early.
An example was last weekend’s doubleheader with the New York Yankees on August 8. Veeck claims the game was sold out of reserved seats over two months ago.
“We had sold 20,000 seats for that game before the season opened,” Veeck said. “By May 1 we had sold 35,000. By June 1 we were sold out. I mean we’re sold out of box and reserved seats.”
July 27, 1948
In each of his last five full seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Bob Feller has been a 20-game winner. He has been an All-Star, an MVP candidate, the face of a franchise, and has routinely led the league in wins and starts.
Despite a laundry list of accolades, the 29-year-old pitcher has not appeared quite himself this year. The flame-throwing right-hander has seen more than his fair share of struggles on the mound this season.
July 16, 1948
The Sporting News is renowned as the Bible of baseball, and with good reason. But their comments in the July 14 edition were nothing shy of heresy.
The Sporting News derided Bill Veeck’s signing of ageless Negro League wonder Satchel Paige as a publicity stunt.
Legendary baseball owner Bill Veeck passes away at the age of 71 after a bout of cancer.
Veeck changed the baseball landscape for good with his unique approach and unconventional ideas that helped to elicit social change across the country.
July 4, 1948
On Independence Day, it’s a point of pride to see the professional sports integrated.
And the city of Cleveland is leading the way.
One year ago, team owner Bill Veeck signed Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League, the first player to go directly from the Negro Leagues to the Major Leagues. Doby’s been kept out of the lineup for the past week, but Cleveland fans have supported Doby, be it out of colorblindness or the kind of acceptance on merit that can only come from a city that hasn’t seen a pennant winner since the early days of Prohibition.
July 3, 1948
After fighting in the War, Bill Veeck is trying to make peace.
One day after an anonymous Indians player declared that the team would rather play on the road than at home in front of fans that boo and ridicule their every move, the Indians president defended the one million fans who already have passed through the turnstiles this season.
June 21, 1948
“It’s a record!”
So proclaimed the booming voice of Cleveland President Bill Veeck to the 82,781 fans who packed the stadium on Sunday afternoon to watch the Indians sweep the Philadelphia Athletics in a twinbill.
The attendance figure stands as the single largest crowd in major league history.
June 20, 1948
It is hard to believe it has been just two years today that Bill Veeck walked through League Park and took ownership of the Cleveland Indians.
The jubilation circling the anniversary of his assumption of the leadership role in Cleveland is not because he is the charismatic and recognizable face of the franchise, but more due to the slew of changes implemented within the organization that seem to have drastically changed the future of the team.
Under Veeck this season, the Indians hope to return a winning record for a second straight season after finishing 68-86 and in sixth place in the American League in 1946. The Indians, at best, have been a middle-of-the-road team, routinely finishing third, fourth, or fifth in the division. Only three times since winning the World Championship in 1920 have they finished in second place, and not since 1940.
The Cleveland Indians are sold by owner Bill Veeck for $2.2 million. The new ownership group is headed by Ellis Ryan.
Ryan appoints Hank Greenberg as the club’s general manager. Greenberg had worked in a variety of roles with the …
In November of 1948, Lou Boudreau was the toast of Cleveland. He had an MVP season as player, and as manager, led the Indians to their first World Series appearance – and win – since 1920.
Two years later – 65 years ago yesterday, in fact – he was gone from Cleveland.
This story was published by Gordon Cobbledick, sports editor, in his regular column titled, “Plain Dealing,” on May 13, 1948.
A couple of weeks ago this column commended Paul Brown and Bill Veeck for their contributions to the cause of better race relations in Cleveland. The next day’s post brought a letter that read, in part, as follows:
“Just a few words concerning your asinine remarks in your column today about ‘breaking down racial barriers.’ You mention the 73,000 people at the ball game cheering (Larry) Doby. I was there and from my seat I could observe several who were not cheering, so you’re a little wet on that statement.
April 18, 1948
Cleveland fans are nothing if not loyal to their Tribe and its players. Their loyalty might have saved Lou Boudreau‘s job and earned themselves a few beers this offseason.
Last October, during the World Series, it is believed Indians owner Bill Veeck floated the idea of trading Boudreau to the St. Louis Browns during the winter. After hitting .307 and leading the American League with 45 doubles in 1947, Boudreau’s value as a player has never been higher. His third-place finish for the AL Most Valuable Player award confirms the notion.
The discussion, allegedly at Toots Shor’s restaurant in Manhattan, was off the record, but eventually found its way into a Chicago newspaper. Boudreau’s hometown newspaper was surprised by the rumor, but when the Cleveland media found out, fans were outraged.