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.
September 8, 1948
One streak was extended and another one snapped, but most importantly the Indians were able to keep pace in the American League pennant chase as they defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-7 in 11 innings. The game was not without dramatics at the end.
With one out, the bases loaded and the score tied 7-7 in the eleventh inning, first baseman Wally Judnich sent a grounder toward Tiger second baseman Neil Berry, who fired home to try and cut down runner Larry Doby. The throw was low and pulled catcher Hal Wagner off the dish, allowing Doby to score the winning run. Wagner and Detroit skipper Steve O’Neill argued that the catcher gathered himself and touched home before Doby, but the argument fell on deaf ears as home plate umpire Eddie Hurley stood by his decision.
August 10, 1948
It’s a story Tribe fans have read too many times this season. Bob Feller started, got in a jam and gave up a critical home run, costing the team the game.
Some of the characters may have changed along the way, but the script still worked on Tuesday afternoon. Feller gave up a three-run home run to Detroit’s Pat Mullin in the fifth inning, breaking a tied game and giving the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish, winning the game 7-3. Despite winning his last two decisions, Feller’s 13th loss tonight is the league lead.
August 9, 1948
For much of July the Cleveland Indians and Eddie Robinson were each stuck in a slump, trying to survive in a pennant race. Often, Robinson drew brunt of the blame, citing if he would get hot and provide power in the middle of the order, the Tribe too would get hot.
Those people might have been right.
Robinson hit his fourth home run in three games Monday night, pacing the Indians past the Tigers 6-2 at Briggs Stadium in front of 56,586 fans. The crowd was the largest in Detroit’s home schedule. Gene Bearden benefitted from Robinson’s offense stifled the Tigers for his seventh complete game of the season.
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 10 percentage points ahead of the Mackmen, because they have played six fewer games.
It had all the makings of a good day. The Tribe already had taken the first game of the doubleheader and led the second game 4-3 in the eighth inning. The fans had been positive, cheering most of the afternoon and it looked like the Indians were about to build upon their first place lead.
Things change quickly.
The boo-birds came out quickly when Bob Feller relieved Sam Zoldak in the eighth inning. Zoldak had given the Tribe seven and one-third innings, scattering eight hits around his three runs and leaving with the lead. Indians manager Lou Boudreau went to the bullpen, summoning Feller, who appeared to find himself on the last road trip. Feller looked like the same wilting veteran the last time he was at home though, walking Vic Wertz and Hoot Evers before giving up a game-changing home run to Pat Mullin. The homer erased the Indians lead and helped the Tigers to a 7-5 come-from-behind victory Monday afternoon.
July 5, 1948
Be careful what you wish for youngster, you might get it.
The Cleveland Indians used a five-run, fourth inning to take control of the game and send Art Houtteman to his 11th loss of the season while Bob Lemon earned his 12 victory. The Tribe won 6-3 in the first game of a holiday doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium.
After originally being slated to pitch the second game of the doubleheader, Houtteman begged his manager, Steve O’Neill, for another chance to pitch against Tribe hurler, Lemon. The two matched up last Wednesday when Lemon threw a no-hitter at Briggs Stadium. This time, Houtteman did not pitch as well his previous outing against the Tribe when he only allowed two runs over nine innings.
June 30, 1948
He has not been a full-time member of the Indians’ starting rotation for very long, but he certainly has asserted himself as the ace of the staff quickly. Wednesday might be the loudest assertion sign yet.
Bob Lemon tossed a no-hitter Wednesday evening in front of 49,628 fans at Briggs Stadium. He allowed just three base runners via walk and benefitted from a fine, running catch by Dale Mitchell in the fourth inning. Lemon’s no-hitter is the first in the big leagues in the 1948 season and his league-leading 11th victory.
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.
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.
April 24, 1948
Imagine if he had control?
For the last three days, Bob Feller has told fans and reporters alike that he questioned his control and feel for the baseball with his current finger contusion suffered during Tuesday’s home opener. Despite a lack of touch, Feller toiled nine more innings allowing just five hits and one walk as the Indians won their second straight game in Detroit, 4-1.
April 23, 1948
We assume Bob Lemon didn’t drive the bus that took the team to Detroit yesterday afternoon, but it seems he did everything else this afternoon.
Lemon pitched nine strong innings, allowing only two runs and six hits, and hit a home run to help ruin the Tigers’ home opener this afternoon. Cleveland won the contest 8-2 for their second victory of the season. Ken Keltner hit two home runs of his own in helping the Tribe remain the American League’s last undefeated team.