Six-time American League All-Star and two-time AL Most Valuable Player Hal Newhouser passes away at the age of 77.
Newhouser spent his first 15 seasons pitching in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, with the Tigers. He represented them in the …
October 3, 1948
The pennant winning party scheduled for all weekend set over the horizon of Lake Erie without even a single champagne pop.
As the Detroit Tigers headed west with their season complete, the Cleveland Indians now made plans to travel east to Boston. However, after today’s 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Bengals, the Indians will not be headed Beantown to take on the Braves in the World Series. Instead, Cleveland will battle the Boston Red Sox for the 23rd time this season in a one-game playoff Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. It is the first time in the American League’s 48-year history that two teams tied after 154 games. It’s only the second time in baseball history.
“The loss didn’t get (us) down,” Indians manager Lou Boudreau said after the game. “The boys just feel they’re going to Boston a day early.”
October 2, 1948
What has seemed imminent for days is still not official, but now even closer.
This afternoon the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 8-0, in front of 56,235 anxious spectators and did not clinch the American League pennant, but assured themselves of at least a tie. Cleveland used a five run fifth inning and an eight-hit shutout from rookie left-hander Gene Bearden.
Cleveland’s victory moves them to 96-57 in the standings, holding a one game lead over the Boston Red Sox as the two teams head to the last day of the season. Boston defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 in Fenway Park to eliminate the Yankees from contention. After 153 games, the tightest American League pennant race in history is finally just a two-team race.
October 1, 1948
Somewhere the champagne is on ice and the pennant is ready to be unfolded and hung high on the Municipal Stadium flagpole.
But the Cleveland Indians still have some work to do to put the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees away and win their first flag in 28 years. Cleveland was idle yesterday and remain 95-56 in the standings, but both Boston and New York won the finale’s of their series. Boston defeated Washington 7-3 at Fenway Park, while New York beat Philadelphia 97 at Shibe Park. Both contenders are off today before concluding the season with two games against one another in Boston in the league’s most tightly contested race ever.
September 27, 1948
After a winter that had trade rumors and his managerial position being removed from his title, Lou Boudreau has endured quite a pressure packed season and pennant race.
He appeared as relaxed and more calm than at any point this season when the Tribe traveled home on the train from Detroit to Cleveland Sunday night. The Indians player-manager just helped lead his club to a series win at Briggs Stadium over the Tigers that saw them regain sole possession of first place in the American League for the first time since Aug. 26. Even at his happiest moment, Boudreau didn’t want to get too excited.
“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Boudreau said. “Remember the Red Sox are going home.”
“Now we’ve got a chance, a real good chance, and for that you’ve got to hand it to Robert Feller.”
September 26, 1948
It’s not over, but the view for the Cleveland Indians could not look much better as they head home for the final five games of the season.
Bob Feller, a pitcher who looked past his prime for much of the summer, has found the fountain of youth in the last month and pitched the Tribe back into sole possession of first place. Feller hurled a five-hitter this afternoon, allowing just one hit before the fourth inning and another afterward. The win, combined with the 6-2 victory by the New York Yankees over the Red Sox today, gives the Indians a one game lead on both contenders with five games remaining.
September 26, 1948
Former Cleveland Indian player and manager Steve O’Neill is likely rooting on the inside for the Tribe to win the pennant, but you won’t catch a glimpse of that on the outside or by his actions.
O’Neill, a Cleveland resident, will send left-handed ace, Hal Newhouser to the mound this afternoon to try and stifle the Indians and their pennant hopes. The Tigers skipper makes no secret though, the Indians will see him in the final series of the season next weekend at Municipal Stadium.
September 23, 1948
After last night’s win at Municipal Stadium against the Boston Red Sox, it felt like the Indians had won the pennant. The reality remains however that the Indians have a lot of work to do.
Despite permission for the commissioner to begin printing World Series tickets, the Indians have eight games remaining in a very tight pennant race. The Tribe is now tied with the Red Sox for first place and the New York Yankees remain just one game behind the top spot.
Many players and sportswriters around the league believe the Indians are the favorite to take the flag, however. Cleveland’s eight games are against second division teams, while Boston and New York play each other five times in the last eight.