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After the Cleveland Indians’ 1948 Season (Part 3)

April 3, 2016 |

This is the third and final installment of “After the Cleveland Indians’ 1948 Season”, the final chapter of the 1948 season review. See Part 1 and Part 2 for the first two pieces.

Larry Doby settled into the outfield in Cleveland Stadium and was called the best center fielder in the game by the Sporting News in 1950. Doby led the American League with 32 home runs and 126 RBI as the Indians won the pennant in 1954.

He was traded to Chicago after the 1955 season, and spent two years at Comiskey before coming back to Cleveland. The Indians traded him to Detroit in 1959 for Tito Francona. Doby was the first black player for the Tigers. Bill Veeck traded midseason for him to play for the White Sox that year as well.

Doby, the second black player in the majors, also became the second black manager. Doby was a coach for the Indians when he was bypassed for Frank Robinson, the first black manager, and went to Chicago, where he was reunited once again with Veeck. He became the Pale Hose manager in 1978 after Veeck fired Bob Lemon, and resigned after the 1979 season. Read More

Lemon Struggles but Still Wins; Indians 7, Browns 5

January 30, 2016 |

August 11, 1948

Bob Lemon (15-10, 3.03) “earned” his 15th win of the season Wednesday afternoon as the Tribe took game one of their first of two doubleheaders in the next two days by a score of 7-5.

Lemon battled through six and one third innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while walking four. It certainly was not Lemon’s best outing, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, as St. Louis’ pitching was slightly worse than he was. Read More

Late Rally Gives Feller a Big Win; Indians 4, Athletics 3

December 9, 2015 |

June 20, 1948

Pitching in front of a record crowd, Cleveland’s Bob Feller gave his team a chance to win and his offense did just that, giving him four runs of support in the bottom of the seventh as the Indians took game one of the twin bill from the Philadelphia Athletics by a 4-3 final.

Feller (6-7) allowed three runs, including a pair of solo home runs, scattered across three separate innings. He went the distance in the ball game, allowing seven hits in total while walked two and striking out six. He retired at one point ten straight batters and ended his personal five-game losing streak. Read More

After the Cleveland Indians 1948 Season

March 20, 2014 |

The 1948 World Championship was the crowning moment in Bill Veeck’s career as an owner – and one of the loneliest in his life. Veeck would own another pennant winner, but no other world champion. On Sept. 23, 1949, Veeck … Read More

Gordon and Keltner Help Tribe Close In on Pennant; Indians 5, White Sox 2

March 5, 2014 |

September 29, 1948

The 1948 pennant has not been spotted inside Municipal Stadium just yet, but it’s arrival is being eagerly anticipated.

The Indians took another step closer to earning their first World Series birth in 28 years with a come from behind victory to defeat the Chicago White Sox Wednesday afternoon, 5-2. The 13,559 fans in attendance saw Bob Feller win his seventh straight decision behind the offensive exploits of Joe Gordon and Ken Keltner. Each homered and doubled to provide the necessary offense for the Tribe in the sixth and seventh innings.

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It’s Not a Misprint; Indians 26, Browns 3

January 16, 2014 |

August 12, 1948

The Indians not only battled the St. Louis Browns in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader, they battled history as well.  The Tribe came up one run and one hit short of tying history, but manhandled the Browns by an amazing score of 26-3.

The Tribe came up one run short of tying their own American League record of 27 set in 1923 against Boston.  That same season, Babe Ruth and his World Champion New York Yankees set the AL mark for hits in a game with 30.  The Major League record for both runs and hits belong to National League teams, as the St. Louis Cardinals scored 28 times against Philadelphia in 1929 and the New York Giants rapped 31 hits in 1901.

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Late Rally Gives Feller a Big Win; Indians 4, Athletics 3

November 24, 2013 |

June 20, 1948

Pitching in front of a record crowd, Cleveland’s Bob Feller gave his team a chance to win and his offense did just that, giving him four runs of support in the bottom of the seventh as the Indians took game one of the twin bill by a 4-3 final.

Feller (6-7) allowed three runs, including a pair of solo home runs, scattered across three separate innings. He went the distance in the ball game, allowing seven hits in total while walked two and striking out six. He retired at one point 10 straight batters and ended his personal five-game losing streak.

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