October 12, 1948
This morning the Cleveland Indians arrived home from Boston, victors of the 1948 World Series and received a heroes parade upon their arrival.
A dozen slow moving vehicles carrying Indians players and personnel traveled from the Cleveland Terminal to University Circle. It was estimated that between 200,000 and 500,000 fans turned out to honor the first baseball championship in Cleveland in 28 years. Fans lined both sides of the street and threw paper and held signs from building windows.
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.
August 29, 1948
Cleveland squandered an early lead and a chance to make up ground in the division, as the Washington Senators took the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader by a 5-2 final.
The loss for the Indians, paired with splits of respective doubleheaders for both Boston and New York, left Cleveland two games in back of the Red Sox and a half-game behind the Yankees.
The Indians jumped on top in the second off of Washington’s Early Wynn.
Losers of two of three in Boston, the Indians left Beantown last night and headed for New York to start their next, “biggest series of the season.”
The Tribe’s three game series at Fenway Park was the last series the two teams will play this season. They have one game remaining against one another on Sept. 22 in Cleveland. After winning just one game of the series the Indians have slipped a half game behind Boston for first place and now only lead the New York Yankees by a half game for second place.
The bases are just 90 feet apart or just 360 feet around the diamond to score a run, but lately it must look like miles for the opponents of the Cleveland Indians.
Last night Sam Zoldak shutout the St. Louis Browns, 3-0. The Browns were blanked in both their games in Cleveland this week and the Indians pitching staff has not allowed a run in 30 innings. The Tribesmen have not allowed a run since the sixth inning of the first game of their doubleheader last Sunday in Chicago.
August 12, 1948
It’s certainly not the homecoming that Sam Zoldak was hoping for, but it is the one that he is going to have to live with. The newest Tribe starter was pounded by his old teammates as the Indians dropped their second in a row to the St. Louis Browns 8-4.
Zoldak (6-8, 4.18) was acquired by the Indians in June in exchange for Bill Kennedy at the trade deadline. Kennedy was masterful on Wednesday as he pitched seven frames in the Browns 12-4 victory, while Zoldak did not make it out of the fourth inning on Thursday.
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.
August 11, 1948
The next five days may very well determine whether the Cleveland Indians are contenders or pretenders for the 1948 season.
The Tribe currently sits atop the American League pennant race, but only by the slimmest of margins. The 61-40 Tribe boasts a league-best .604 winning percentage while “second place” Philadelphia sits at 64-43 and .598. Due to the imbalance in the schedule, the two teams are not separated by any games, but the Indians are just percentage points ahead in the standings. The Boston Red Sox currently sit in third place at 2.0 games back while the New York Yankees are in fourth at 2.5 behind.
August 8, 1948
If Sunday’s second game is any indication of how the remainder of the season will go, the Indians have little to worry about.
With their leader and manager Lou Boudreau coming up with a key base hit to help win the first game, the supporting cast came to the rescue of their ailing skipper in the second game. After up and down seasons for each, Larry Doby, Eddie Robinson and Steve Gromek carried much of the load in the nightcap and taking the Tribe a tightly contested, 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees in front of 73,484.
August 7, 1948
The Indians found a way to keep Joe DiMaggio off the base paths yesterday, but couldn’t do it two days in a row.
DiMaggio doubled twice, driving in three of the Yankees five runs and Vic Raschi scattered just four hits over nine innings in shutting out the Tribe 5-0 in front of the 66,693 Ladies Day crowd. It was the largest crowd in Indians history for a Saturday game. It was a record-smashing day in the stadium nursery, too. A total of 274 children were in the playroom, eclipsing the largest previous “crowd” of 168.
July 22, 1948
With 71 games remaining in the Cleveland Indians season, no one will accuse them of looking ahead past today’s game. But maybe they should start.
With about 10 weeks remaining in the Tribe’s 1948 season, Indians manager Lou Boudreau has been working and overworking his pitching staff at quite a rigorous pace since the All-Star break. The last four days have produced nail-biting and extra inning games that have sent Boudreau’s pitching staff into a scurry to just survive the next inning.
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 at Yankee Stadium by a score of 7-3.
Bob Muncrief, who once looked to be solidifying himself in 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.