October 11, 1948
The Cleveland Indians are World Series Champions.
October 7, 1948
Bob Lemon overcame a first inning unearned run and went the distance for Cleveland, as the Indians chased Boston’s Warren Spahn early in a 4-1 victory on Thursday to even the World Series at one game apiece.
The Braves struck first in the first against the Indians’ Lemon on yet another debatable call from umpire Bill Stewart. The inning’s second hitter, Al Dark, reached safely at first base on an error at second by Joe Gordon. Gordon initially fumbled with the ground ball, but recovered in time to throw to first. It appeared Stewart called Dark safe even before he or the ball reached the bag but, despite some protesting on the field by the Indians, the call remained. Dark moved up to third base as Earl Torgeson singled to right. Bob Elliott, Boston’s RBI leader, drove Dark home with a single to left to give Boston the early 1-0 lead.
With two on and just one out, Lemon picked off Torgeson from second with Marv Rickert at the plate. The threat now diffused, Lemon struck Rickert out to end the inning.
“Sure, there were a few butterflies in my stomach when I walked out there for the first inning,” said Lemon in the Cleveland dressing room, “but they disappeared with the first pitch.”
October 6, 1948
The heavily-favored Cleveland Indians will engage the Boston Braves in a seven-game championship battle in the 45th World Series beginning today.
Lou Boudreau’s Indians knocked off the Red Sox in Boston to earn the American League pennant on Monday, clinching the ball club the right to challenge for their second world’s championship.
The Braves, meanwhile, had a much quieter pursuit of the National League pennant. By the middle of June, they claimed the top spot in the league after a slow start to their season. A 20-10 month of June was followed up by a 19-11 July. They strung together a pair of six-game winning streaks in June. They had two separate four-game winning streaks and a five-game run in July. In the two months, Boston outscored their opponents by a 341-255 margin.
October 2, 1948
What has seemed imminent for days is still not official, but now is a little 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 while 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
Indians manager Lou Boudreau was clear after the game that his team was not tight on the field this afternoon. If they weren’t, they might have reason to be tight now.
Cleveland held a one-run lead with just two outs to go in Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers before three walks and two errors set the Tribe back, 5-3, at Municipal Stadium in front of 15,988. Had the Indians won, they would have assured themselves at least a tie for the American League pennant.
“No, the team wasn’t tightened up,” Boudreau said after the game. “The breaks went against us in the late innings.”
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 remains 95-56 in the standings, but both Boston and New York won the finales of their series. Boston defeated Washington 7-3 at Fenway Park, while New York beat Philadelphia 9-7 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 29, 1948
The 1948 pennant has not been spotted inside Municipal Stadium just yet, but its 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.
Both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees won their games to keep pace with the Tribe, but time is running out for both clubs. Both pennant chasers trail the Indians by two games with only three remaining on their schedules. Cleveland can guarantee itself no worse than a tie with another win and clinch the pennant with two victories.
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 has 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 24, 1948
It’s crowded at the top.
A big name star or personality may feel crowded by the people around him or her, but in the case of the Cleveland Indians they’re crowded by the top of the standings.
This afternoon the Indians lost 4-3 at the hands of the Detroit Tigers in front of 10,464 fans at Briggs Stadium. Bob Lemon was not at his best and wild with control early, while the Tribe offense could not muster a big inning despite three home runs. Fred Hutchinson stifled the Tribe early and only allowed solo home runs through a cold, cutting wind.
September 22, 1948
The American League pennant race is deadlocked at the top with just eight games remaining.
Cleveland, who was four and a half games behind Boston just two weeks ago, tied the front-running Boston Red Sox for the lead in the American League with a 5-2 victory in front of 76,772 spectators on Don Black Night. Black is the Tribe’s fallen pitcher who has been hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage. He’ll receive approximately $40,380 of the gate receipts. The win extends the Indians’ current winning streak to seven games.
September 20, 1948
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective in earning the necessary result.
It’s the best way to describe the Cleveland Indians and rookie left-hander Gene Bearden’s effort on Monday night. The southpaw and Purple Heart recipient matched up with fellow war hero Lou Brissie and earned the win 6-3 in front of 44,442 patrons at Municipal Stadium.
Bearden pitched the Tribe into the seventh inning but needed help from reliever Russ Christopher to complete the contest. It wasn’t Bearden’s best performance of his 16 wins this season, but it was enough to beat the struggling Athletics and keep the Tribe a half game behind Boston for first place in the standings and a half game ahead of third place New York. Each team won their game this evening.
September 19, 1948
On the final Sunday of scheduled American League twin bills, the Cleveland Indians made more attendance history and gave the fans a reason to keep hope alive in the pennant race.
In front of 75,382 spectators, setting a new single-season attendance mark, Larry Doby hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to break a deadlock between the Philadelphia Athletics and Indians. Doby’s homer gave the Indians a 5-3 victory in the first game of the twin bill. The win was the first registered on the center field scoreboard among the Tribe, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The other two teams remain tied in the late innings of their first games today.