September 14, 1948
For even the biggest believers in the Cleveland Indians, the pennant hopes for 1948 are starting to flicker a little less brightly.
This afternoon the Indians lost their final matchup of the season with the New York Yankees, losing 6-5 in front of 34,064 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Bob Lemon suffered his third loss of the season against the Bronx Bombers when he couldn’t survive a four-run rally by New York in the seventh inning. Eddie Lopat, the Tribe’s nemesis for years, logged his fifth win of the season against Cleveland.
The loss for Cleveland drops them four games back of league leading Boston and two back of the Yankees, who seem cozy in second place. With only 15 games remaining, overcoming a four-game deficit and chasing down two teams seems to be a more daunting task with each passing day.
September 13, 1948
The Indians blew a 2-0 lead, allowing two runs in the eighth inning to tie the game and another in the ninth to lose a heart-breaking game, 3-2, to the St. Louis Browns in a pennant race where every game matters.
Yet, it all seemed secondary or trivial after the bottom of the second inning.
Indians starting pitcher Don Black collapsed during his first at bat and was helped from the field by his teammates after suffering an apparent brain hemorrhage. Black was Cleveland’s spot starter in the replay of Sunday afternoon’s 3-3 tie that was called due to darkness. During his at bat Black fouled a ball off from Browns’ starting pitcher Bill Kennedy, then staggered back a step or two before collapsing.
September 12, 1948
The Cleveland Indians appear to be getting hot at the right time, now we’ll just have to see if enough time remains for the Tribe to chase down first place.
This afternoon the Indians did what a pennant contender should do, putting away the lowly St. Louis Browns early by plating five runs in the first four innings. They used the early lead to hold off a late rally from the Brownies to win 6-4 in front of 55,616 believers at Municipal Stadium. It was the Indians’ seventh straight triumph.
September 10, 1948
Gene Bearden (14-7, 2.72) is proving that he can do it all, as he led the Cleveland Indians past the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon by a score of 10-1.
Bearden, the Indians rookie southpaw sensation, drove in more runs with his bat than he allowed with his arm and gave the Indians a sweep of the lowly Tigers and their fourth consecutive win. The victory becomes even more important when Boston’s loss to the New York Yankees is considered, as Joe DiMaggio hit a tenth inning grand slam to sink the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. The Indians now trail Boston by only three and a half games and New York by only one game.
September 9, 1948
Sam Zoldak (9-9, 3.64) could probably get used to this, as the Indians left-hander vultured his second extra inning win in as many days when the Indians used 13 frames to beat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 3-2.
The game promised to be a good pitcher’s duel and turned out to be just that, as Bob Feller and Hal Newhouser locked horns in a battle of All-Stars. Indians reliever Satchel Paige was unable to hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning, but Zoldak shut the Tigers offense down out of the bullpen for the second straight game until Eddie Robinson got the game-winning single in the 13th. The Robinson knock scored third baseman Ken Keltner, who was honored this evening at the Stadium for spending ten years with the Indians organization.
September 4, 1948
In a season that appears will go down to the final games or innings, the Indians may have several unfortunate moments to point back to if the pennant does not go their way.
Another one of those moments may have taken place in the fifth inning on Saturday afternoon when the St. Louis Browns erupted for three runs against Tribe starter Satchel Paige. It was the only inning the lowly Browns scored in regulation, but that outburst and a well-pitched game by Ned Garver, was enough to push the game to extras where the Browns won 4-3 in ten innings in front of 17,092.
September 1, 1948
That’s more like the Bob Feller that Cleveland has grown used to seeing over the past decade.
Rapid Robert struck out a season high nine batters as the Indians beat the Philadelphia Athletics 8-1. The victory was Feller’s 14th of the season and the Indians third straight. With the win, the Indians kept pace with the victorious Red Sox and Yankees, swept the A’s, and pushed Philadelphia five and a half games out of first place. The Indians remain one and a half games behind.
August 31, 1948
If Lou Boudreau can play this way when he’s hurting, the Cleveland Indians should be quite excited for when he’s healthy again. Boudreau had three hits, two RBI and gave rookie southpaw Gene Bearden all of the offense that he needed in a 6-1 Indians victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.
Bearden (13-6, 2.74) has been an unexpected, pleasant surprise for the Indians this season and continued his outstanding year on Tuesday. Bearden worked eight innings giving up just one unearned run on five hits. The young lefty walked five and struck out three in the victory.
August 29, 1948
Unaffected by the 90-plus degree temperatures in the nation’s capital, Bob Lemon limited the Senators to just three hits to record his second consecutive complete game shutout and his third in four starts, as the Cleveland Indians defeated Washington in the first of two at Griffith Stadium on Sunday, 6-0.
Lemon (18-11) remained locked in for the Tribe. He won his fifth decision of August while blanking the Senators for nine scoreless frames. He walked three and allowed three singles in the ball game. Six Senators took a seat via strikeout.
August 25, 1948
Every time it looks like it could be the end of the road for the Cleveland Indians they seem to come back stronger.
After a devastating defeat last night at Fenway Park, the Indians rebounded this afternoon for a commanding 9-0 victory in front of 30,745 Boston faithful. Cleveland’s victory moves them back into first place by a half game over the Red Sox in this tightly-contested, high-pressure series. The Tribe struck for seven runs in the first four innings, sending Boston starter Denny Galehouse to the showers quickly and many Boston fans home early due to the extreme heat.
August 20, 1948
When the Indians left spring training and headed to Cleveland one of their biggest question marks was their outfield play. The Tribe was starting three new outfielders from a year ago and each was unproven in their own way.
A lot has changed in four months.
August 14, 1948
The Indians did all of their scoring in their first at bats of the game off of Gettel. Dale Mitchell singled to center to start things off. Hal Peck reached on an error at second, as Don Kolloway had the ball go right between his legs. Lou Boudreau singled to right to score Mitchell with the first run.