July 30, 1948
Maybe nothing can stop the Boston Red Sox.
July 20, 1948
If the Indians miss the World Series by a game or two, they might be able to point directly at Ray Scarborough for their disappointment.
The Senators’ starter received early runs in the first two innings, then delivered eight strong innings, defeating the Tribe 2-1 Tuesday night in front of 17,114 fans who did not leave their seats until the final out.
Cleveland left the tying run just 90 from home. This is the second time Scarborough has beaten the Tribe by a 2-1 score this year. A month ago, he beat Bob Lemon by the same score here in Washington.
July 14, 1948
Poor Jim Hegan had the game’s biggest hit, driving home All-Star Joe Gordon in the eleventh inning during Wednesday’s exhibition against Brooklyn, but all anyone wanted to talk about was Satchel Paige.
The Indians won 4-3 in walk-off style in the second half of a home-and-home exhibition series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, but the former Negro League star Paige stole the show. Ole Satchelfoot, the ageless wonder and newest Indians reliever, struck out the side in the top of the seventh frame using only 12 pitches. Paige walked off the field to a roaring standing ovation from the 65,922 fans at the Stadium. To add to his big day, Paige also worked a scoreless eighth inning and got a base hit in his only at bat.
July 2, 1948
In a back and forth contest that featured several big innings, the Indians came from behind and held off a late eighth inning rally from the St. Louis Browns on Friday evening. The Brownies had the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the inning, but Cleveland was able to squelch the rally and win, 8-6, in front of 5,647 spectators.
The Tribe was forced to come from behind when Don Black allowed four runs in the first inning. His struggles might have been due in part to taking a line drive off the shoulder while throwing batting practice two days ago. Cleveland used two home runs by Joe Gordon to get back in the game and take the lead.
June 23, 1948
Tommy Henrich shouldn’t be offended if Bill Veeck does not invite him to his first offseason party this winter. He didn’t make a very good in-season guest.
Henrich hit an eleventh inning grand slam off of Don Black and gave the New York Yankees a 5-1 victory in a very well pitched game in front of 65,797 fans. The crowd was the largest to see a night game in baseball history. Most were in attendance to share in the celebration of the two-year anniversary party of Veeck’s purchase of the team.
In typical Veeck fashion, he had a celebration planned to be as newsworthy as the game.
June 17, 1948
That didn’t go as planned…
The first place Cleveland Indians returned home this week, off of an 8-3 start to a 15-game home stand, to face 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.
June 14, 1948
The first place Cleveland Indians, fresh off of an outstanding 8-3 East Coast road trip, are heading home to start a 15-game home stand at the Stadium on Tuesday night.
First up against the Indians are the Boston Red Sox, who have won seven of their last nine after starting the season with a dismal 14-23 record. The BoSox boast a potent lineup and are led by sluggers Ted Williams, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr. The 1946 MVP Williams has been particularly impressive, batting .398 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI through 48 games.
The Indians and Red Sox split a rain-shortened two game set in Boston last week.
June 14, 1948
Occupants of the second division of the National League, the Brooklyn Dodgers, beat the Cleveland Indians, leaders of the American League, in an exhibition Sunday night, 6-2.
The crowd of 12,622 enjoyed the game, a charity benefit. All the proceeds from last night’s contest helped the Brooklyn Amateur Baseball Federation. The game raised $15,000 for the sandlot ball players of Flatbush. When the two teams complete the home-and-home series on July 14 in Cleveland, the gate receipts will benefit the Cleveland Baseball Federation.
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.
May 28, 1948
On a cold Friday night in front of a large Comiskey Park crowd, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox by a score of 2-0. The shutout was the Tribe pitching staff’s fourth of the season.
The Indians handed the ball to victorious starter Don Black (2-0, 5.74), who battled back and forth all night with White Sox pitcher Joe Haynes (2-6, 4.17). Haynes, a tough-luck loser, worked a complete game while Black was pulled after surrendering back-to-back baserunners to start the eighth inning. Reliever Russ Christopher eventually pulled a rabbit from his magic hat to save the game for the Indians.
May 23, 1948
Baseball is a game of unexpected results and outcomes, and Sunday afternoon was full of unexpected moments.
After losing the first game of the doubleheader, 6-5, due in large part to a poor outing by Bob Feller, three home runs by Joe DiMaggio and leaving the tying and winning run in scoring position to end the game, Cleveland came back to win the second game, 5-1. The Indians used Don Black’s best start of the season and four double plays to defeat their nemesis, southpaw Ed Lopat.
May 22, 1948
Tomorrow the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees may make baseball history when the two do battle at Cleveland Stadium. It might be the largest crowd in baseball history to ever witness a game. The Indians are expecting around 80,000 for the Sunday doubleheader.
The ticket office has 30,000 general admission tickets available beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the Stadium. All box and reserved seating already has been sold. Arrangements have been made to move the bullpens from beyond the outfield walls into foul ground so that fans have extra space to stand during the game.