October 4, 1948
When Eddie Robinson caught Ken Keltner’s throw from the grass of the Fenway Park infield the Indians had officially clinched the American League pennant and a summer of tension and pressure finally burst loose.
Indians starter Gene Bearden started to saunter off the mound toward the first base dugout but Keltner and Robinson quickly mobbed him, followed there after by catcher Jim Hegan. Soon the bullpen and the rest of the team spilled on to the field and took part in the celebration as they carried Bearden off the field in front of the 33,957 dejected fans.
October 4, 1948
After five and a half months and 155 big games, the Cleveland Indians finally won their biggest game of the season and clinched the American League pennant.
The Tribe’s Gene Bearden used an array of knuckleballs to keep the Boston Red Sox off balance most of the afternoon and Lou Boudreau and Ken Keltner provided the necessary offense to give Cleveland an 8-3 victory in a winner-take-all one game playoff. Bearden’s start was kept secret until this morning and was not confirmed until he went to the bullpen to warm up in front of the 33,957 Boston fans.
October 4, 1948
Boston Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy has made a surprising choice for the American League playoff game today. Meanwhile, the Indians still have not made their choice.
Tribe skipper Lou Boudreau says he will not announce his starter until they go to the bullpen to warm up for the game. Most pundits believe it will be Bob Lemon, who last started on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. If not Lemon, then possibly Bob Feller, who did not finish the third inning when the Indians fell behind. Boudreau may have given Feller a quick hook to preserve his availability today. The Tribe skipper also feels Gene Bearden or several others are possibilities.
“Sure, Bob Lemon and Gene Bearden are possibilities,” Boudreau said. “But there are three others that could get the call.”
“No one’s going to know the pitcher until he walks out to take his warmup pitches,” Boudreau said.
There was a lot of talk about the American League pennant around Briggs Stadium and the Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox were the only game on Tuesday’s American League schedule. The Red Sox used a six-run third inning to beat the Tigers 10-2, this afternoon and put Boston a full game ahead of the Tribe as they prepare for Wednesday night’s showdown at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Ted Gray was wild for the Tigers, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in just two innings. Tigers manager, Steve O’Neill, seemed disappointed in Gray’s effort but also that Detroit did not have a better starting pitcher to offer the pennant race this afternoon.
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.
Bob Lemon matched the offenses dominance with a four-hit shutout of the vaunted Red Sox lineup. After using five Indians’ pitchers yesterday, the leader of the Tribe pitching staff allowed two hits in the first inning, but only surrendered two more for the game on his way to his eighth shutout of the season.
After losing three straight to the cellar-dwellar Chicago White Sox at home this weekend, the Cleveland Indians embark on their final major road trip of the season tomorrow night at Fenway Park.
Cleveland will venture to Detroit for a three game series in late September, but otherwise the Indians take to the train for the last trip of the season today. While it is the last road trip of the season, it is also the most brutal and critical for the Indians and their pennant hopes. The Tribe will play 17 games in six cities before returning home on Sept. 8.
July 30, 1948
Maybe nothing can stop the Boston Red Sox.
The surging Red Sox remained the hottest team on the planet, having now won 17 of their previous 19 games. Doerr and Galehouse were the heroes on Friday; the former slamming three hits including a homerun and the latter allowing just one run on two hits in 8.2 innings out of the bullpen. Doerr doing damage with his bat is nothing new, as the seven time All-Star has been tormenting American League pitchers for years. Galehouse, on the other hand, turned in quite an impressive performance for an otherwise mediocre veteran.
July 29, 1948
The series is a great opportunity for the Indians to make up ground in the American League against the Red Sox, who have been the hottest team in baseball.
Boston has taken each of the last seven matchups between the two ball clubs after Cleveland took six of the first seven games of the season against them.
July 23, 1948
Friday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians were rained out in New York, cutting their four-game series short at just three. As the Tribe boarded an earlier train for Boston, the rains continued to pound not just on New York, but possibly on the Indians’ pennant hopes.
When the train doors open this evening, the Indians will find themselves in the tightest race the 1948 season has seen yet. Cleveland remains in first place, but Philadelphia trails by just a half game, followed by the streaking Red Sox just a game and a half back and the Yankees in fourth place by just two and a half games. Half of the American League is less than a three-game series from the first place spot.
June 9, 1948
The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox game scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was cancelled due to rain and cold weather. Mostly due to the cool weather, the game became the third time in a week that Bob Feller’s scheduled start was altered.
“There is a mental condition involved,” Feller said. “Like in Philadelphia last Monday. I was going to pitch with two days of rest and I primed myself for it. I was ready to go and I felt good but when the ball game was called off I sort of had a letdown feeling. The same thing happened today. Now I’ve got to mentally condition myself for the game tomorrow.”