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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 9, 2021

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Indians Even Series Behind Strong Lemon Outing; Indians 4, Braves 1

March 13, 2014 |

October 7, 1948

Bob Lemon overcame a first inning unearned run and went the distance for Cleveland, as the Indians chased Boston’s Warren Spahn early in a 4-1 victory on Thursday.

The Braves struck first in the first against the Indians’ Lemon on yet another debatable call from umpire Bill Stewart. The inning’s second hitter, Al Dark, reached safely at first base on an error at second by Joe Gordon. Gordon initially fumbled with the ground ball, but recovered in time to throw to first. It appeared Stewart called Dark safe even before he or the ball reached the bag but, despite some protesting on the field by the Indians, the call remained. Dark moved up to third base as Earl Torgeson singled to right. Bob Elliott, Boston’s RBI leader, drove Dark home with a single to left to give Boston the early 1-0 lead.

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

February 17, 2014 |

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.

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

February 13, 2014 |

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 10 years with the Indians organization.

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

February 10, 2014 |

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.

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Indians Rally Not Enough, Lose Nightcap and Ground in Standings; Browns 4, Indians 3

February 7, 2014 |

With an opportunity to make up a half game on the Boston Red Sox in the standings, and at least hold pat with the New York Yankees, with a win—the Tribe instead fell behind early and couldn’t catch up in time, losing the second half of the twi-night doubleheader to the St. Louis Browns 4-3 in front of 9,473 fans at Sportsman’s Park.

Sam Zoldak was roughed up early by his former teammates and could not survive the third inning as the Browns scored four times in the first four innings. Cleveland rallied back against St. Louis starter Joe Ostrowski, but several sharply hit balls right at fielders resulted in double plays and rally killers.  The loss instead drops the Indians to two full games behind the Red Sox. New York is now just a half game behind Boston for the top spot.

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Lemon’s Three-Hit Gem Shuts Out Nats; Indians 6, Senators 0

February 2, 2014 |

August 29, 1948

Unaffected by the 90-plus degree temperatures in the nation’s capital, Bob Lemon limited the Senators to just three hits to record his second consecutive complete game shutout and his third in four starts, as the Cleveland Indians defeated Washington in the first of two at Griffith Stadium on Sunday, 6-0.

Lemon (18-11) remained locked in for the Tribe. He won his fifth decision of August while blanking the Senators for nine scoreless frames. He walked three and allowed three singles in the ball game. Six Senators took a seat via strikeout.

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Tribe Miscues Early Has Boston Take Game Late; Red Sox 8, Indians 4

January 30, 2014 |

In a best-of-three series for first place in the American League with the Boston Red Sox this week, the Indians could easily lay claim victory in two games. However, while they beat the Red Sox yesterday, they beat themselves today.

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Tribe Battered and Beaten—Cleveland Drops Game Two; Browns 12, Indians 4

January 15, 2014 |

August 11, 1948

A four run seventh inning is normally a good thing for a team’s offense, but it does little good when the team is already down 12-0.  Three Indians pitchers were blasted around the ballpark in game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Sportsman’s Park, as the Browns walloped the Indians by a score of 12-4.

Indians starter Bob Muncrief (5-4, 4.04) was awful this evening, as were relievers Don Black and Russ Christopher as well.  The trio gave the Indians no chance of winning and were only saved from complete embarrassment due to the pitching of Ed Klieman—the only Cleveland pitcher who seemed to be able to record an out.  The loss, coupled with Philadelphia’s 8-3 victory in Washington, puts the Indians in second place, 0.5 games behind the Athletics.

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Tipton sits out as Cleveland Romps Dayton in Exhibition

December 16, 2013 |

July 12, 1948

On the first day of the annual All-Star break, the Cleveland Indians not participating in the exhibition in St. Louis traveled to Dayton to take on the Tribe’s single-A affiliate, the Dayton Indians.

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Tribe Comes Back Early, Holds Off St. Louis Late; Indians 8, Browns 6

December 6, 2013 |

July 2, 1948

In a back and forth contest that featured several big innings, the Indians came from behind and held off a late eighth inning rally from the St. Louis Browns on Friday evening. The Brownies had the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the eighth, but Cleveland was able to squelch the rally and win, 8-6, in front of 5,647 spectators.

The Tribe was forced to come from behind when Don Black allowed four runs in the first inning. His struggles might have been due in part to taking a line drive off the shoulder while throwing batting practice two days ago. Cleveland used two home runs by Joe Gordon to get back in the game and take the lead.

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Feller Gets Back on Track Behind Two Homers; Indians 6, Tigers 2

December 3, 2013 |

June 29, 1948

In no way was it pretty, or dominating or brilliant, but it was a win. After a rough home stand for the Tribe and difficult June for Bob Feller, each seemed to find themselves as the Tribe defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-2 in front of  15, 171 fans at Briggs Stadium.

Feller benefitted from five runs in the first three innings and home runs from Lou Boudreau and Jim Hegan to take down Hal Newhouser, another struggling starter. Boudreau stacked the lineup with eight right-handed hitters against the southpaw. Feller had better control than in recent starts and struck out eight Tigers to take over the American League lead in whiffs.

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Henrich Grand Slam in 11th Ruins Veeck’s Party; Yankees 5, Indians 1

November 27, 2013 |

June 23, 1948

Tommy Henrich shouldn’t be offended if Bill Veeck does not invite him to his first offseason party this winter. He didn’t make a very good in-season guest.

Henrich hit an 11th-inning grand slam off Don Black and gave the New York Yankees a 5-1 victory in a very well pitched game in front of 65,797 fans. The crowd was the largest to see a night game in baseball history. Most were in attendance to share in the celebration of the two year anniversary party of Veeck’s purchase of the team.

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