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.
June 20, 1948
It is hard to believe it has been just two years today that Bill Veeck walked through League Park and took ownership of the Cleveland Indians.
The jubilation circling the anniversary of his assumption of the leadership role in Cleveland is not because he is the charismatic and recognizable face of the franchise, but more due to the slew of changes implemented within the organization that seem to have drastically changed the future of the franchise.
June 19, 1948
The Cleveland Indians gave themselves a little bit of breathing room in the division on Saturday, as they ended their five-game losing skid by blanking the Philadelphia Athletics by a 4-0 final.
Indians starter Bob Muncrief left the game and went to the hospital for X-rays near his right elbow after being hit by a line drive off of the bat of Philadelphia’s Hank Majeski. Muncrief had led the way for the Tribe, facing the minimum number of batters through the first six innings. He erased both a leadoff single to start the game and a walk in the third on double plays. He did not face any substantial trouble until the seventh, when the A’s ran themselves out of a huge scoring opportunity.
June 18, 1948
Indians starter Bob Lemon, forced into the ball game because of four separate rain delays in Cleveland, walked in the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh after loading the bases to give the Philadelphia Athletics a 5-4 victory on Friday night.
June 17, 1948
Talk about a buzz-killer.
The first place Cleveland Indians returned home this week off of an 8-3 to start a 15-game home stand against 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.
The Red Sox stayed red hot and have now won 10 out of their last 12 ballgames to boost their previously dismal record to 25-26 and are now just 7.5 games out of first place. Currently sitting in the fifth spot, Boston also is just one and a half games behind the fourth place Detroit Tigers.
June 16, 1948
Coming into 1948, Cleveland’s Bob Feller and Boston’s Ted Williams were widely considered to be the best pitcher and hitter, respectively, in baseball. Despite Feller’s team having a better record and still sitting atop the American League standings, it is Teddy Ballgame who has greatly outshined Rapid Robert in the quest to be baseball’s best. It was never more evident than in the Red Sox’s 7-4 victory over Indians on Wednesday.
Williams ripped Feller all game long, going 4-4 with two doubles and a homerun off of the Indians ace in leading his team to victory. The outstanding performance raised Williams’ incredible average to .408 and dropped Feller’s record to a mediocre 5-7. The loss was the fifth straight decision that Feller has dropped. He has not won a game since May 19.
June 13, 1948
Maybe it was the cast of former Yankees in attendance at today’s game, or the fear of their pennant hopes starting to wilt in the summer sun, but the present day Yanks salvaged the final game of the four-game series with the Tribe this afternoon, 5-3.
Heavy hitting homers by Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto, plus two 400-foot triples by Joe Dimaggio, were the offense necessary to send Bob Feller to his fourth straight loss. The 49,641 fans in attendance celebrated 25 years at Yankee Stadium and Babe Ruth prior to the game. Originally, the Yankees expected more than 70,000 for the celebration, but a heavy rain last night and this morning kept some fans away.
June 13, 1948
In 1923, Yankee Stadium opened and shortly afterward it became “The House that Ruth Built.”
Before today’s Indians and Yankees game, New York will honor 25 years in Yankee Stadium and Babe Ruth himself. Ruth will make one final appearance in his Yankee No. 3 jersey before it is retired and sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. His jersey will join Lou Gehrig’s No. 4 in Cooperstown. No Yankee will wear Gehrig or Ruth’s jersey again after today.
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.
June 12, 1948
In a seesaw battle between the Yankees and Indians, the Tribe was able to get a strong outing from Ed Klieman out of the bullpen to give them the final upswing in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Gene Bearden did not complete five full innings and the Indians needed to rally in the later innings to win 7-5. Joe Gordon and Ken Keltner keyed the late scoring with two RBI each. Gordon’s two RBIs came by way of his sixth home run of the season.
June 11, 1948
In what might be the most exciting and tension-filled game of the season to date, the Cleveland Indians won a game loaded with big innings, ejections and late night drama.
In a matchup of the two best pitchers in the league this year so far, the Indians snapped Vic Raschi’s 23 scoreless innings streak and scored five early runs. Then the Yankees used 18 players — including six pitchers — as they tried to chase down the Tribe. Cleveland’s bullpen was able to hold on and stave off a late rally, including using yesterday’s starter, Bob Feller, to win 10-8.
June 10, 1948
Two days ago, the Cleveland Indians snapped the Boston Red Sox five-game win streak. After a rainout yesterday, it seems turnabout is fair play.
The BoSox used a big third inning to chase Bob Feller from the game and took advantage of the Indians’ bullpen to send the Tribe packing out of Boston, 15-7. The eight runs allowed by the Indians in the third inning is the most they’ve surrendered in an inning all season. Feller had control issues from the beginning, allowing six walks in his two and two-thirds innings of work.