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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | November 27, 2021

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Bob Muncrief

Four Yanks Homers Too Much for Tribe to Overcome; Yankees 7, Indians 3

January 9, 2016 |

July 21, 1948

The New York Yankees used four home runs from their lineup and three hits from Joe DiMaggio to take the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium by a score of 7-3.

Bob Muncrief, who once looked to be solidifying himself in the Tribe’s rotation, allowed two homers before giving way to Sam Zoldak, who gave up two more. Eddie Lopat, who scattered six hits over nine innings to defeat the wig-wammers, again stymied Cleveland. Had Lopat had an answer for Lou Boudreau, he could have shut out the Tribe rather easily.

Cleveland did take an early lead before the Bronx Bombers took control. In the top of the first inning, Larry Doby was hit by a pitch and was able to trot home when Boudreau hit his ninth home run of the season and gave the Tribe a 2-0 lead before New York came to bat. Read More

Feller Fails to Finish First as Philly Defeats Cleveland; Athletics 10, Indians 5

January 4, 2016 |

July 16, 1948

With an opportunity to even up his record on the season, Cleveland starter Bob Feller was battered for five runs and five hits and was pulled after just six batters, as the Philadelphia Athletics went on to beat the Indians by a 10-5 final on Friday.

After getting a 1-0 lead on a single by Allie Clark and an RBI-double to left field by Lou Boudreau, Feller (9-11) was hardly unhittable. Read More

Tribe Embarrassed in Series Finale with Detroit; Tigers 9, Indians 0

December 25, 2015 |

July 6, 1948

There’s a long list of reasons for the Indians to be battered and embarrassed after falling 9-0 tonight to the Detroit Tigers in front of 41,655 beleaguered fans.

They could be embarrassed because their offense could muster just six hits, because they never got a base runner to third base or because they allowed a mammoth home run into the upper deck in left field to a pitcher.

Regardless of the reason to be embarrassed, the Tribe’s defeat drops them to 17-18 overall at home and is now their seventh straight loss under the Cleveland Stadium lights. It also leaves them in a virtual tie with the Philadelphia Athletics for the first place spot in the American League. Cleveland is just ten percentage points ahead of the Mackmen because they have played six fewer games. Read More

Tigers Pound Out 13 Hits and Salvage Series Finale; Tigers 9, Indians 5

December 20, 2015 |

July 1, 1948

After not getting a hit last night, the Detroit Tigers exploded for 13 base knocks this afternoon, snapping Bob Muncrief’s scoreless innings streak and sending the Tribe to a 9-5 loss.

Cleveland fell behind early, but battled back to take a late lead, only to see Detroit’s comeback one-up its own. It was Detroit’s first victory against the Tribe at Briggs Stadium this season, finally giving the 11,644 fans in attendance something to cheer about. The Indians had won the first five games between the two in the Motor City. Read More

Muncrief Throws 3-Hit Shutout to Snap Skid; Indians 5, Senators 0

December 15, 2015 |

June 26, 1948

Soon Bob Muncrief is going to become the third member of “The Bobs” as a full-time member of the starting rotation. One could argue that he’s already doing their job.

For the second time in a week, Muncrief snapped a small losing streak from escalating inside the Tribe locker room. Today’s win ended a three-game losing streak as the right-hander, acquired from St. Louis last winter, tossed a three-hit shutout and the Tribe pounded out 12 hits for a 5-0 victory in front of a sparse 7,183 fans. The Ladies Day crowd had 3,505 ladies and 2,873 children to swell the total to 13,561. Read More

Cleveland Ends Skid at Five, Shuts Out Philly; Indians 4, Athletics 0

December 8, 2015 |

June 19, 1948

The Cleveland Indians gave themselves a little bit of breathing room in the division on Saturday, as they ended their five-game losing skid by blanking the Philadelphia Athletics by a 4-0 final.

Indians starter Bob Muncrief left the game and went to the hospital for X-rays near his right elbow after being hit by a line drive off of the bat of Philadelphia’s Hank Majeski. Muncrief had led the way for the Tribe, facing the minimum number of batters through the first six innings. He erased both a leadoff single to start the game and a walk in the third on double plays. He did not face any substantial trouble until the seventh, when the A’s ran themselves out of a huge scoring opportunity.

The Indians, meanwhile, bunched all of their scoring into two innings. Read More

Tribe Blows Out Bombers in Second Game; Indians 9, Yankees 4

December 1, 2015 |

June 12, 1948

As the sun began to set in the Bronx on Saturday evening, Yankee Stadium sat silent. For the World Series champions, the Yankees might have seen their chances of repeating fall behind the horizon today as the upstart Indians silenced them.

Cleveland won a close, back-and-forth game in the first contest, but the Indians blew the Yankees out during the second game, winning 9-4. The Tribe plated all nine runs before the Yankees were able to score. It wasn’t until late that the Bombers were able to score against the Indians bullpen.

The Tribe now leads the third-place Yankees by six games and the Philadelphia Athletics by three and one-half games in the American League. Read More

Tribe Shut Out In Game Two, Remain in Second Place; Browns 6, Indians 0

November 19, 2015 |

May 31, 1948

For the second straight day the Indians had a chance to take two games from a lower team in the division and were unsuccessful.

St. Louis Browns right-hander Cliff Fannin shut out the Indians, obviously tired and depleted by injury. Despite having only won one game before his start this afternoon, Fannin limited the Indians to just four hits. No Indian reached second base. Read More

Rotation Questions Abound After Five Games

October 16, 2015 |

April 27, 1948

Entering the season, the Cleveland Indians were aware that their major question mark was their starting pitching. After five victories, the questions remain and even might have grown.

At the top of the rotation, Bob Feller and Bob Lemon have combined for three quality starts. Feller shutout the St. Louis Browns last Tuesday in the home opener and beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Saturday. Lemon threw a complete game of his own in the Indians’ first game in Detroit, a 8-2 victory. Read More

Keltner Clouts and Bullpen Help Tribe Come Back; Indians 7, Tigers 4

October 14, 2015 |

April 25, 1948

After two days of occasional rain in Detroit, the sun came out to shine Sunday afternoon. While it appeared early that the rays of sun would give the Tigers some new life, the Indians proved they could hit in any weather.

Ken Keltner hit two home runs to help the Indians come back from an early deficit, and Bob Muncrief and Russ Christopher held the Bengals in check the final seven frames to give the Indians a 7-4 victory and sweep of the three game series. The 48,880 Detroit hopeful had little to cheer about after the second inning. The sweep asserts some muscle toward Detroit, a team the Indians will have to rival for third place throughout the season. Cleveland remains the only undefeated team in the American League circuit. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 28, 1916

January 28, 2015 |

Bob Muncrief, who will become a member of the 1948 World Series winning Cleveland Indians team, is born in Madill, Oklahoma.

Muncrief had already logged nine seasons in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Browns when he was traded … Read More

After the Cleveland Indians 1948 Season

March 20, 2014 |

The 1948 World Championship was the crowning moment in Bill Veeck’s career as an owner – and one of the loneliest in his life. Veeck would own another pennant winner, but no other world champion. On Sept. 23, 1949, Veeck … Read More