August 11, 1948
A four-run seventh inning is normally a good thing for a team’s offense, but it does little good when the team is already down 12-0. Three Indians pitchers were blasted around the ballpark in game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Sportsman’s Park, as the Browns walloped the Indians by a score of 12-4.
Indians starter Bob Muncrief (5-4, 4.04) was awful this evening, as were relievers Don Black and Russ Christopher. The trio gave the Indians no chance of winning and was only saved from complete embarrassment due to the pitching of Ed Klieman – the only Cleveland pitcher who seemed to be able to record an out.
The loss, coupled with Philadelphia’s 8-3 victory in Washington, puts the Indians in second place, one-half game behind the Athletics.
August 11, 1948
Bob Lemon (15-10, 3.03) “earned” his 15th win of the season Wednesday afternoon as the Tribe took game one of their first of two doubleheaders in the next two days by a score of 7-5.
Lemon battled through six and one third innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while walking four. It certainly was not Lemon’s best outing, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, as St. Louis’ pitching was slightly worse than he was.
August 6, 1948
The Cleveland Indians trailed early, but used a solid pitching performance from Bob Feller and home runs from Joe Gordon and Allie Clark to defeat the New York Yankees, 9-7 on Friday night in front of 71,268 fans.
The third crowd of over 70,000 spectators this week was just 1,166 short of the Cleveland record attendance for a night game that was set on Tuesday against Washington. Feller pitched seven and one-third innings for his first win of the season against New York. He had previously been battered for four losses, allowing 17 runs – all via home runs – in the four setbacks.
August 1, 1948
Zoldak (6-7, 3.81) was outstanding in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader, pitching arguably his best game as an Indian. Zoldak threw a complete game, one-run, seven-hitter to lead the Indians to a 6-1 victory over Boston. The win moves the Tribe percentage points ahead of the Red Sox and vaults the Indians into second place, one game behind front-running Philadelphia.
July 31, 1948
The first place Boston Red Sox came into Saturday’s game as hot as the summer heat, with a 23-5 record since the Fourth of July. The Cleveland Indians finally brought a touch of cold front with them, just as the calendar is about to roll over into August. The Indians defeated the Red Sox with a 10-9 extra innings effort at the Stadium on Saturday.
Bob Feller started the game for the Indians and was opposed at the start by former Indian Joe Dobson. Neither pitcher was particularly effective, but both battled and kept their teams in the ball game until being pulled in the middle innings. Both teams’ bullpens had a struggle to keep competitive, however.
July 28, 1948
A costly error by Cleveland center fielder Larry Doby allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score in the eighth inning, as the Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Indians by a 4-3 score.
Doby was seen with his head buried in his hands in front of his locker well after the game. He overcharged a fly ball to shallow left-center field by Philadelphia’s Don White and lost the ball in the sun. The ball glanced off of the tip of his glove and bounced off of his head, allowing both Barney McCosky and Ray Coleman to score the deciding runs with two outs in the inning.
“I didn’t hear them calling,” Doby said to those present after the game. “I was just trying to get that ball. Then I lost it in the sun for a second and it came on through my glove.
July 27, 1948
In an unexpected turn of events, Bob Feller replaced Ed Klieman as Tuesday’s starter and won for the first time since July 7 as the Indians moved back into second place with a 10-5 win over the Philadelphia Athletics.
The win did not come easy for the Cleveland hurler, who was lauded with cheers to start the game from the crowd of 60,260, only to be berated with a chorus of jeers after giving up a game-tying grand slam half way through the game. The club did not give any clue that Feller would be replacing Klieman until he began his warm ups on the field 15 minutes prior to the start of the 8:30 game. He hung around long enough to earn the victory and handed the ball to Klieman to close out the ball game.
July 19, 1948
It took 19 Tribesmen, 16 Nats, ten total pitchers and two hours and 54 minutes to play the eleven-inning thriller, but after each team blew three-run leads, it was the Cleveland Indians who defeated the Washington Senators, 7-6.
Cleveland’s third straight win in the Capital City didn’t come easy, however. After scoring three runs in the first inning, Bob Lemon was knocked out of the box in the second inning. After pitching an inning and one-third in relief yesterday, it was apparent he did not have his best stuff today. At that point, the Tribe had to battle into extras to comeback and earn their victory.
July 18, 1948
It took nearly an entire team to win the second game of today’s Sunday doubleheader in Washington. Cleveland used 20 players – including six pitchers – to rally from down 3-0 early to win in 12 innings by a score of 6-4 in front of 28,631.
The doubleheader sweep, combined with former Indian Pat Seerey hitting four home runs in the first game of a doubleheader between Philadelphia and Chicago, gave the Indians a one and one-half game lead in the American League at day’s end. Seerey hit four home runs to push the White Sox past the Athletics, 12-11, in the first game of their twin bill.
July 16, 1948
With an opportunity to even up his record on the season, Cleveland starter Bob Feller was battered for five runs and five hits and was pulled after just six batters, as the Philadelphia Athletics went on to beat the Indians by a 10-5 final on Friday.
July 15, 1948
Steve Gromek gave Cleveland just the start it needed on its long East Coast road trip, as his complete game effort paced the Indians to a 6-1 victory in Philadelphia against the second-place Athletics.
In just his second start of the season for the Indians, Gromek (3-1) allowed just a run in nine innings to take the first game of the twi-night double header at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The victory gives Cleveland some slight breathing room in the standings, increasing their lead in the American League to a game and a half.
July 13, 1948
The American League got more than just some help from their first-place team on Tuesday night at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, as the AL Stars defeated the NL Stars by a score of 5-2.
Five members of the first place Cleveland Indians were selected to participate in the Mid-Summer Classic as seven-time All-Star’s Lou Boudreau and Ken Keltner, eight-time All-Star Joe Gordon and first timer Bob Lemon were in attendance for the game.
Starting pitcher Bob Feller also was selected to his seventh team, but he chose on Saturday not to participate.