July 13, 1948
As we approach the 15th midsummer classic, the American League squad led by New York Yankees manager Bucky Harris will be at a decided disadvantage for the first time in the annual game’s history. The AL lineup is hampered by injuries and will be missing perhaps its most talented pitcher as well.
Yankees star Joe DiMaggio is hobbled with sore heels and a swollen knee, and Boston’s Ted Williams has torn rib cartilage. Both injured superstars will be out of the starting lineup and are limited to pinch hitting duties. Also, Detroit Tigers star third sacker George Kell has an ankle injury and will be unable to play in the game at all. Cleveland Indians slugger Ken Keltner will replace Kell at third base.
To make matters worse, Indians star pitcher Bob Feller decided on Saturday to sit out the contest, rumored to be on the instruction of Bill Veeck.
July 11, 1948
Anything you can do, I can do better.
That could be the mantra for Bob Lemon as the battle for the Tribe’s mound ace of the future continues to develop. After Bob Feller battled through a grueling pitcher’s duel and lost a heartbreaking 3-2 game in the first game of the doubleheader, Lemon tossed a three-hit shutout in the second half of the twin bill.
Lemon and the Browns’ Ray Shore fought for four innings before the Tribe bats came to life with a five-run fifth inning. It was all the Indians needed for a 5-0 win. The victory gives the Tribe sole possession of first place at the All-Star break.
July 8, 1948
Thursday afternoon, the Indians showed Al Gettel with all too much certainty why he was dealt from their Tribe to the bottom dwelling Chicago White Sox.
Cleveland knocked out 15 hits and scored 14 runs, mostly at Gettel’s expense, while embarrassing him and the Chicago White Sox, 14-1. Every Tribe starter scored at least one run. The Tribe punished Gettel and his current team, as manager Ted Lyons left Gettel on the mound into the seventh inning to be battered around.
July 5, 1948
Be careful what you wish for youngster, you might get it.
The Cleveland Indians used a five-run fourth inning to take control of the game and send Art Houtteman to his eleventh loss of the season while Bob Lemon earned his 12th victory. The Tribe won 6-3 in the first game of a holiday doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium.
July 5, 1948
The biggest baseball popularity contest ever concludes tonight when fan voting for the 15th annual All-Star Game is concluded.
Returns from 452 newspapers reached a total of 3,632,596 ballots and were still pouring in. The 21-day battle to be named the starters for each league concludes tonight. Ballots are in today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer and must be turned in to their office by midnight tonight to be counted. Final tallies must be reported to the Chicago-Tribune before being finalized and announced on Wednesday.
July 2, 1948
In a back and forth contest that featured several big innings, the Indians came from behind and held off a late eighth inning rally from the St. Louis Browns on Friday evening. The Brownies had the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the inning, but Cleveland was able to squelch the rally and win, 8-6, in front of 5,647 spectators.
The Tribe was forced to come from behind when Don Black allowed four runs in the first inning. His struggles might have been due in part to taking a line drive off the shoulder while throwing batting practice two days ago. Cleveland used two home runs by Joe Gordon to get back in the game and take the lead.
July 1, 1948
After not getting a hit last night, the Detroit Tigers exploded for 13 base knocks this afternoon, snapping Bob Muncrief’s scoreless innings streak and sending the Tribe to a 9-5 loss.
Cleveland fell behind early, but battled back to take a late lead, only to see Detroit’s comeback one-up its own. It was Detroit’s first victory against the Tribe at Briggs Stadium this season, finally giving the 11,644 fans in attendance something to cheer about. The Indians had won the first five games between the two in the Motor City.
June 29, 1948
In no way was it pretty, or dominating or brilliant, but it was a win. After a rough home stand for the Tribe and difficult June for Bob Feller, each seemed to find themselves as the Tribe defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-2 in front of 15,171 fans at Briggs Stadium.
Feller benefitted from five runs in the first three innings and home runs from Lou Boudreau and Jim Hegan to take down Hal Newhouser, another struggling starter. Boudreau stacked the lineup with eight right-handed hitters against the southpaw. Feller had better control than in recent starts and struck out eight Tigers to take over the American League lead in whiffs.
June 27, 1948
Sometimes a little left is all right. That was Indians manager Lou Boudreau’s approach this afternoon.
Boudreau used seven right-handed hitters in his lineup to jump-start his offense against Washington southpaw Mickey Haefner. It paid off with four runs in the first inning, which was enough for the Tribe’s lefty, Sam Zoldak, to go the distance for a 4-1 victory in the second game of the double-dip. Zoldak earned his second victory in as many starts as a member of the Tribe.
Zoldak was the story of the afternoon as he was the master on the mound. With the exception of a double, single and error by Dale Mitchell in the third inning, he was brilliant.
After the third inning, no Senator reached second base.
June 25, 1948
It usually is Bob Lemon who is the pitcher that dominates the opponent on the mound, then makes them pay at the plate. Friday night, it was Early Wynn who was the star for the Senators, giving them a 3-2 victory.
Wynn pitched a complete game, allowing just two runs, while accumulating three base hits at the plate and driving in two runs. His two RBI likely would not have been possible without an error from his pitching counterpart, Lemon, to set the stage for his game-winning hit.
June 22, 1948