June 6, 1948
The Indians dismantled the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of the doubleheader, pounding out 16 hits en route to a 11-1 victory at Shibe Park. The win gives Cleveland a two and one-half game lead over Philadelphia and the rest of the American League. The lead is their largest of the season.
Whenever a team wins by 10 runs and accumulates 16 hits, it is a team effort, but two players who likely didn’t think they’d factor so heavily in the team’s performance just a week ago would have been Steve Gromek and Joe Tipton.
June 6, 1948
Bob Lemon went the distance, while enduring his worst inning of the season, and drove in two runs to help the Indians win the first game of this Sunday’s doubleheader. They defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 5-3, in front of a sold out crowd at Shibe Park.
Lemon’s eighth win of the season is good enough for the lead in all the majors. For the short term, the victory gives the Tribe a full game and one-half lead over the Athletics in the American League standings. The two teams will face off again in the second game of the twin bill in just moments.
June 5, 1948
After scoring five runs in the 15th inning just 14 hours earlier in another city, the Cleveland Indians were able to score early and defeat the Philadelphia Athletics 7-3 in the first game of a key four-game series.
After a 15-inning marathon in Washington last night that was not over until after midnight, the Indians did not arrive in Philadelphia until late Saturday morning. However, when the Tribe took to the batter’s box in Shibe Park at 2 p.m., they quickly put the Athletics and their 10,563 fans on their heels.
June 4, 1948
It took 15 innings to declare the Cleveland Indians the victor at Griffith Stadium against the Washington Senators in a game that started on Friday night and ended in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Three hours and 46 minutes after the game began, the Indians and Nats walked off of the field with a series split. The game was highlighted by an impressive display of durability by starting pitcher Bob Feller of the Indians and Mickey Haefner of the Nats.
June 1, 1948
Over the course of any given season, a team will suffer through periods with some of its regular players on the bench in agony while recovering from injuries.
That time is now for the Tribe.
Three regulars in the Cleveland lineup have been notably absent during the course of the last few games.
May 27, 1948
The second-place Cleveland Indians (19-9) today will head to Chicago’s Comiskey Park to take on the lowly White Sox (7-22) in a four game series that runs Friday through Sunday. The Tribe has won 13 of its last 18 games, while the Pale Hose have won only seven games all season.
The Indians are fresh off of a 12-game homestand in which they compiled an 8-4 record. Most recently, the Tribe split a two game set with the Washington Senators during which the Cleveland club was banged up.
May 24, 1948
There is something different with this year’s Cleveland Indians. You can feel it in the air at Municipal Stadium, with a new sense of electricity in the seats and a confidence on the field.
Part of that new electricity comes from a new power surge from the Indians, namely third baseman Ken Keltner. After a split in yesterday’s doubleheader with the New York Yankees the Indians sit atop the standings in the American League and in the home run category. The Tribe is a half game ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics and lead the league in home runs with 40 in just 24 games.
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 nemesis, southpaw Ed Lopat.
The day didn’t go as originally planned, but earning their first win of the season against the Yankees and a split on the day in front of 78,431 fans was good enough for manager Lou Boudreau.
May 23, 1948
Big time players rise to the occasion on a big time stage.
The Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio rose higher than the Indians’ Bob Feller in front of the second largest crowd to ever watch a big league baseball game, and the biggest ever in Cleveland. DiMaggio hit three home runs and drove in all six runs for New York, while Feller could not hold an early four-run lead with 78,431 in the seats.
“I hit three once before,” DiMaggio said. “It was so long ago, I don’t remember the other team. I know it wasn’t Cleveland though.” DiMaggio hit three home runs once before, at St. Louis on June 13, 1937.
May 23, 1948
Joe Gordon knows what a good shortstop looks like when he sees one. He’s played with them his entire career.
For Gordon, today’s doubleheader between the New York Yankees and his Cleveland Indians is like the past meeting the present of his career. Gordon, originally a youthful Yankee, helped lead the Bronx Bombers make five World Series, winning four, prior to World War II. Now, Gordon is a veteran trying to help the Indians to their first World Series in 28 years.
May 21, 1948
Last night the Indians walked to a victory. This afternoon the Boston Red Sox hit back to even the series. Boston used 18 hits — equal to the amount of walks the Indians drew last night — poor Indian defense and a strong wind off the lake to win 11-5 Friday afternoon.
Bill Kennedy was unable to recreate his first starting performance for the Tribe, and Ted Williams was 4 for 4, with two RBI and two walks to lead Boston in the matinee. The Splendid Splinter laced three singles around a mammoth home run in the sixth inning that landed in the right field upper deck. The crowd of 8,409 enjoyed a sunny afternoon for five innings before clouds and a stiff breeze entered the Stadium and sent many fans home early.
May 19, 1948
Indians starting pitcher Bob Feller pitched a three-hit gem and was aided by a five-run fifth inning, as Cleveland defeated Philadelphia by a 6-1 final on Wednesday night, completing the two-game sweep of Connie Mack’s Athletics.
The Indians jumped on the board in the bottom of the third. Catcher Jim Hegan singled to left and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Feller. Thurman Tucker delivered a single to left, scoring Hegan from second and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead off of Philadelphia starter, Bill Dietrich.