October 11, 1948
As the Indians clinched their first World Series championship in 28 years, the celebration started on the field but spilled into the clubhouse and lasted much of the evening in Cleveland.
Clevelanders are getting used to celebrating championships as this is their third trophy in the last ten months. The Cleveland Barons hockey team won last April and the Cleveland Browns football team was champions in December. But for the Indians, the drought of 28 years seems like an eternity for veteran players and a generation of fans.
It was a special feeling for outfielder Bob Kennedy to catch the final out of the season and bring the World Series crown to Cleveland. Kennedy was dealt to Cleveland in May for outfielder Pat Seerey. Kennedy left the last place Chicago White Sox for the first place Indians.
September 28, 1948
Don Black yesterday was taken off the danger list at Charity Hospital.
Hospital attendants said that the Indians pitcher had spent his “best day” since admitted to the hospital two weeks ago after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while at bat during a ball game against the St. Louis Browns on September 13.
September 22, 1948
After 145 games, the Cleveland Indians have played many big games and key series this season. But tonight’s game is the Tribe’s newest “game of the year.”
With just nine games remaining on the schedule the Indians and Boston Red Sox will meet for the 22nd and final time this season. Currently, the Red Sox lead the Indians by one game in the American League pennant chase. A win tonight for Cleveland will tie them with Boston in the standings with an eight-game sprint remaining to the marathon season. A loss by the Tribe and they’ll be two back with just eight to play and a much more difficult road to the flag.
September 17, 1948
While Indians pitcher Don Black remains hospitalized at Charity Hospital in Cleveland while recuperating from a brain hemorrhage suffered during an at bat on Monday, the Cleveland Indians organization has reached out to help out their fallen player.
Friday morning, the Indians announced that Black would share in the receipts from the matchup between Cleveland and the Boston Red Sox in the first game of their series this coming Wednesday.
September 16, 1948
Cleveland Indians pitcher Don Black continues to show signs of improvement from the sudden illness that put him into a coma during the game on Monday.
The concern has been widespread throughout the city of Cleveland by both fans of the Indians and others who have no expressed interest in baseball.
September 15, 1948
Indians pitcher Don Black is on the mound in the toughest fight of his career and, more importantly, his life.
He may be winning.
Late Tuesday evening shortly before 11 PM, his wife, Joyce Black, was sent home to get some sleep. She had remained with him throughout the entire ordeal.
September 14, 1948
While Don Black remains unconscious in a hospital bed at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, the fight for his life continues.
Black suffered a brain hemorrhage in the second inning of yesterday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns. Blood on his brain and spinal column created the hemorrhage and Black lost consciousness on his way to the hospital. Indians team physician, Dr. Edward Castle, believes Black will make a full recovery, but the time it will take is undetermined.
“At any rate, he is through with baseball for this season,” Castle said last night.
September 13, 1948
Don Black remains in critical condition at St. Vincent’s Charity Hospital and unconscious after suffering a brain hemorrhage during the second inning of today’s game against the St. Louis Browns.
In the bottom of the second inning Black was batting when he fouled off a pitch from Bill Kennedy. After the swing, he took a couple of steps back and then fell to his knees. Visibly not well, Black was offered a stretcher, but left the field on his own power with the aid of teammates. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he lost consciousness and has not regained control.
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.
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. The trio gave the Indians no chance of winning and was 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, one-half game behind the Athletics.
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.