Boston Red Sox
July 24, 1948
It was a day of firsts for the Cleveland Indians, but none of their achievements will be on president Bill Veeck’s mantle anytime soon.
Because when the Indians and their bullpen allowed the Boston Red Sox to walk to a 2-1 victory in the second game of their Saturday doubleheader, it became the first time the Tribe has been swept in a twin bill all season. It also became the first time the Indians fell below second place in the standings or did not have a winning percentage of .600 or better.
July 24, 1948
The Indians had an early lead after two innings and seemed to have control of the contest until the Boston Red Sox rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to steal the opener …
July 23, 1948
Friday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians were rained out in New York, cutting their four-game series short at just three. As the Tribe boarded an earlier train for Boston, the rains continued to pound not just on New York, but possibly on the Indians’ pennant hopes.
When the train doors open this evening, the Indians will find themselves in the tightest race the 1948 season has seen yet. Cleveland remains in first place, but Philadelphia trails by just a half game, followed by the streaking Red Sox just a game and a half back and the Yankees in fourth place by just two and a half games. Half of the American League is less than a three-game series from the first place spot.
June 17, 1948
Talk about a buzz-killer.
The first place Cleveland Indians returned home this week off of an 8-3 to start a 15-game home stand against the Boston Red Sox, then were swept by the formerly struggling team as Boston defeated the Tribe again on Thursday, 8-6. The Indians have now tied a season-high with their fourth straight loss.
The Red Sox stayed red hot and have now won 10 out of their last 12 ballgames to boost their previously dismal record to 25-26 and are now just 7.5 games out of first place. Currently sitting in the fifth spot, Boston also is just one and a half games behind the fourth place Detroit Tigers.
June 17, 1948
“It served its purpose when Williams was hitting to right, but he’s not pulling the ball much any more,” Boudreau originally told Charles Heaton of The Plain Dealer.
Boudreau devised the shift after Williams drove in eight runs in an 11-10 win in the first half of a doubleheader. When Williams came up to bat in the second game, Boudreau and third baseman moved over to the right side of the infield, which suddenly was stacked against the pull hitter. However, it appears the shift is becoming a thing of the past for the Splendid Splinter.
June 16, 1948
Coming into 1948, Cleveland’s Bob Feller and Boston’s Ted Williams were widely considered to be the best pitcher and hitter, respectively, in baseball. Despite Feller’s team having a better record and still sitting atop the American League standings, it is Teddy Ballgame who has greatly outshined Rapid Robert in the quest to be baseball’s best. It was never more evident than in the Red Sox’s 7-4 victory over Indians on Wednesday.
Williams ripped Feller all game long, going 4-4 with two doubles and a homerun off of the Indians ace in leading his team to victory. The outstanding performance raised Williams’ incredible average to .408 and dropped Feller’s record to a mediocre 5-7. The loss was the fifth straight decision that Feller has dropped. He has not won a game since May 19.
June 10, 1948
Two days ago, the Cleveland Indians snapped the Boston Red Sox five-game win streak. After a rainout yesterday, it seems turnabout is fair play.
The BoSox used a big third inning to chase Bob Feller from the game and took advantage of the Indians’ bullpen to send the Tribe packing out of Boston, 15-7. The eight runs allowed by the Indians in the third inning is the most they’ve surrendered in an inning all season. Feller had control issues from the beginning, allowing six walks in his two and two-thirds innings of work.
June 9, 1948
The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox game scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was cancelled due to rain and cold weather. Mostly due to the cool weather, the game became the third time in a week that Bob Feller’s scheduled start was altered.
“There is a mental condition involved,” Feller said. “Like in Philadelphia last Monday. I was going to pitch with two days of rest and I primed myself for it. I was ready to go and I felt good but when the ball game was called off I sort of had a letdown feeling. The same thing happened today. Now I’ve got to mentally condition myself for the game tomorrow.”
June 8, 1948
Games are won and lost by mere inches at times, and Tuesday evening the Indians might have used a foot’s worth to narrowly defeat the Boston Red Sox, 2-0.
Cleveland’s win is its fifth straight victory, and snapped the Red Sox streak of five in a row. The Tribe benefitted from several close calls and a controversial home run call by umpire Charlie Berry on Lou Boudreau’s two-run blast in the fourth inning. They were the only runs scored in the game.
June 7, 1948
They’ll have to play them eventually, but for today, the Philadelphia Athletics were able to avoid the Cleveland Indians. The streaking Tribe was looking to looking to issue a four-game sweep to the Athletics, but were rained out instead.
About three hours before the scheduled game time, a heavy rain swept through Shibe Park for approximately 30 minutes. It was enough for the Mackmen management to cancel the game, despite the clear skies at the scheduled first pitch time of 8:30.
On July 14, 1946, Ted Williams was tearing the cover off the ball against the Indians.
In the first half of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Williams knocked in eight runs, and the Red Sox needed every one of them in an 11-10 win over the Tribe. In the second game, Indians player-manager Lou Boudreau had an idea.
Left fielder George Case was left in his position, while Boudreau and third baseman Ken Keltner moved over to the right side of the infield. First baseman Jimmy Wasdell was right down the line, third baseman Ken Keltner was just inside second base, and Boudreau was between them. Second baseman Jack Conway was in shallow right, behind Wasdell.
By Matt Van Wormer
At the beginning of September, the Red Sox looked they were going to be able to coast into the playoffs as either the AL East Champion or, at the very least, the Wild Card. We know now that neither of those opportunities materialized as the Sox had one of the worst collapses of all time. How can they put that ending out of their mind and focus on 2012? That’s just one of the five questions I asked Chip Buck from Fire Brand of the American League, a Boston Red Sox blog and fellow member of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance. Chip gave me some great insight to his team, so let’s get to it!
DTTWLN? 1 – I hate to start things off on a sour note but really, it’s the only first question that can be asked. What happened???