May 16, 1948
If the second place Indians are serious about contending for the American League pennant this season, they can’t be dropping games to slumping teams like the Chicago White Sox very often. In game two of their Sunday doubleheader, the Tribe made amends for their game one loss with a 9-2 victory over the Pale Hose at the Stadium.
The Indians got an outstanding starting pitching performance from an unlikely source, as rookie pitcher Bill Kennedy (1-0, 3.86) was fantastic in his first Major League start. Opposing him was former All-Star Orval Grove (1-3, 5.08), who was not nearly as effective as his left-handed counterpart.
May 15, 1948
Feller (4-2, 2.58) went the distance for the Tribe, allowing one run on six hits with three strikeouts. In stark contrast, White Sox starter Joe Haynes (1-4, 5.67) continued his poor start to the season and kept Chicago floundering with an awful 3-15 record. Cleveland put its foot on the gas early and never let up on baseball’s worst team in front of 15,243 fans at the Stadium.
May 10, 1948
Three’s were wild on Monday afternoon when the Indians used three runs in both the first and second innings to compensate for the three they gave up in the first frame, and a triple play in the eighth inning helped spur the Tribe to a three-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 12-7 victory in front of 11,101 Boston faithful kept the Indians even with their first place counterpart, the Philadelphia Athletics.
Al Gettel’s second start of the season was his second short effort, as he did not survive the third inning. But Ed Klieman pitched six strong innings in relief to slow Boston’s offense enough for the Tribe to bang out 12 runs, 12 hits and two more home runs. They now have a league leading 28 home runs in just 15 games.
May 9, 1948
The Indians endured yet another sour start, but used a fine effort from the bullpen and a late rally to steal the second game of the Sunday doubleheader, 9-5. Cleveland used three more home runs to ignite the rally.
The two victories match the two wins posted by the Philadelphia Athletics today, leaving the Tribe in a virtual tie in the standings. Cleveland is a half-game behind in the standings, yet because of playing three fewer games, the Tribe has a .714 winning percentage to Philly’s .706.
May 8, 1948
Good things come to those who wait, and in the case of Gene Bearden and Larry Doby, they each cashed in on opportunities afforded to them Saturday afternoon. For fans, their continued emergence might shorten the wait to the Indians being a legitimate contender in the American League.
This afternoon, Bearden and Doby each played well enough to steal the headlines all for themselves as the Indians defeated the Washington Senators, 6-1 in front of 11,902 fans at Griffith Stadium. Bearden allowed only three hits in eight and two-thirds innings and took a shutout into the ninth inning in his first start of the season. Doby, after a rained out game in Philadelphia and two days on the bench, hit one of the longest home runs in the history of the Nats’ park. The eighth inning clout can be rivaled only by Babe Ruth.
May 7, 1948
Desperate for a win and to snap a losing streak that is starting to grow as big as their original winning streak, Bob Lemon toiled a four-hit shutout for the Indians Friday evening in their first night game of the season, blanking the Washington Senators 8-0.
The Cleveland right-hander was in complete control from start to finish in the Capital’s cool air. He picked up his third win of the season, using his curveball to retire the last 10 consecutive hitters of the game. Lemon also helped the Tribe offense with three hits of his own. The Tribe produced their eight runs in three big innings.
May 6, 1948
After a 6-0, undefeated April, the Indians find themselves at 0-4 in a winless May.
On Thursday, the Cleveland ball club proved that sometimes “grand” isn’t good enough, as the Philadelphia Athletics overcame Ken Keltner’s second inning grand slam and defeated the Indians 8-5.
The Indians tossed their ace pitcher, Bob Feller, but unfortunately he fared as poorly as the other starting pitchers during their four game losing streak, while the Mackmen extended their winning streak to five. The A’s streak of excellence has vaulted them into first place, one full game ahead of the Indians and one half game ahead of the New York Yankees, who were also victorious on Thursday.
May 4, 1948
As hot as the Indians started this season, they seem to be cooling down just as fast.
The previously 6-0 Cleveland squad dropped its third game in a row Tuesday afternoon at Shibe Park, and the Philadelphia Athletics moved to within percentage points of the American League-leading Indians with their 8-6 victory. The game was highlighted by a walk-off two-run homerun in the bottom of the tenth inning by Philly leadoff hitter Eddie Joost.
Joost, last year’s AL strikeout leader, continued his hot hitting of late as the shortstop extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his exciting blast. For the season, Joost has hit safely in 12 of 13 games. The homerun was his fourth of the season.
May 1, 1948
With a five-run fifth inning against Cleveland starter Bob Feller and the aid of six errors, the Detroit Tigers handed the Indians their first loss of the season with a 10-3 victory on a sloppy Saturday afternoon at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Out of the gate, the matchup between Feller and the Tigers’ Paul “Dizzy” Trout appeared to be a stellar pitchers’ duel for the crowd of 52,249 in downtown Cleveland.
Detroit proved to be the day’s victors, thanks to a solid outing by Trout (1-1), who pitched eight and two-thirds innings to earn his first win of the season. The Tiger starter, rumored to have been offered to the Indians in the offseason, finished just one out shy of the complete game and allowed three runs on nine hits. He struck out four.
April 29, 1948
The win streak reached six games this afternoon, when a new town provided acceptable weather for the Tribe to play. The weather met the Tribe’s standards, but the opponent again failed to measure up.
Lou Boudreau was just a triple short of the cycle and Bob Lemon toiled nine strong innings to lead the Tribe to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Browns in Sportsman’s Park this afternoon. The victory was their sixth straight to open the season, and gives them an early two-game lead in the American League standings.
April 26, 1948
Finding a hero is difficult for the Cleveland Indians after Monday’s 12-11 come from behind victory at Comiskey Park.
Finding a hero is difficult because they had so many deserving candidates, including Lou Boudreau’s five hits, Eddie Robinson’s 14th inning home run, Russ Christopher’s five scoreless innings in relief, Ed Klieman’s three scoreless before Christopher and Bob Feller coming out of the bullpen to end Chicago’s rally in the final inning.
April 25, 1948
After two days of occasional rain in Detroit, the sun came out to shine Sunday afternoon. While it appeared early that the rays of sun would give the Tigers some new life, the Indians proved they could hit in any weather.
Ken Keltner hit two home runs to help the Indians come back from an early deficit, and Bob Muncrief and Russ Christopher held the Bengals in check the final seven frames to give the Indians a 7-4 victory and sweep of the three game series. The 48,880 Detroit hopeful had little to cheer about after the second inning. The sweep asserts some muscle toward Detroit, a team the Indians will have to rival for third place throughout the season. Cleveland remains the only undefeated team in the American League circuit.