August 7, 1948
The Indians found a way to keep Joe DiMaggio off the base paths yesterday, but couldn’t do it two days in a row.
DiMaggio doubled twice, driving in three of the Yankees five runs and Vic Raschi scattered just four hits over nine innings in shutting out the Tribe 5-0 in front of the 66,693 Ladies Day crowd. It was the largest crowd in Indians history for a Saturday game. It was a record-smashing day in the stadium nursery, too. A total of 274 children were in the playroom, eclipsing the largest previous “crowd” of 168.
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.
It appears Indians manager and shortstop Lou Boudreau will be unavailable for the Tribe’s opener against the New York Yankees this evening.
The key, four-game series will likely catapult one team ahead of the other in the American League standings. Each are just one-half game behind the Philadelphia Athletics for the top spot. Tonight’s game is expected to have around 70,000 in attendance, but Boudreau may not be on the field due to a sore shoulder.
August 5, 1948
In a bizarre game Thursday afternoon that featured just three hits by the Indians the victory and price for remaining in first place may have been a steep one.
The Indians scored all three runs on solo home runs, their only hits of the game, and Gene Bearden benefitted from six double plays by the Indians defense to win 3-0 in front of just 13,967 fans at the Stadium. It was the shortest game of the season, a quick one hour and 30 minutes. Indians manager Lou Boudreau may have been lost for some time in the game, however. He and Gil Coan collided at second base and Boudreau later left the game.
July 25, 1948
The final touches were applied to a disastrous East Coast trip Sunday afternoon, when the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-0 in front of 32,190 Boston fans who like their pennant chances more each day.
The loss concludes a 6-8 road trip to the east coming out of the All-Star break. Cleveland has now lost four in a row and six of their last seven to end the trip. Like many of their defeats, the Tribe was in the game all afternoon, but narrowly found defeat just inches away from a potential victory.
July 25, 1948
When the Indians’ alarm clocks went off this morning in Boston, they opened their eyes to third place for the first time all season. Cleveland has resided solely in first or second place until their two losses in yesterday’s doubleheader to the Boston Red Sox.
Now losers of three in a row and five of their last six, many teams might be calling meetings or looking to place blame for their struggles, but not the Indians. This Tribe team appears more confident than ever. After years of not contending, and second half collapses, the Tribe is bound to remain in the race.
July 24, 1948
It was a day of firsts for the Cleveland Indians, but none of their achievements will be on president Bill Veeck’s mantle anytime soon.
Because when the Indians and their bullpen allowed the Boston Red Sox to walk to a 2-1 victory in the second game of their Saturday doubleheader, it became the first time the Tribe has been swept in a twin bill all season. It also became the first time the Indians fell below second place in the standings or did not have a winning percentage of .600 or better.
July 24, 1948
The Indians had an early lead after two innings and seemed to have control of the contest until the Boston Red Sox rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to steal the opener …
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 14, 1948
The Indians won 4-3 in walk-off style in the second half of a home-and-home exhibition series against the Brooklyn Dodgers and Paige, but the former Negro League star stole the show. Ole Satchelfoot, the ageless wonder and newest Indians reliever, struck out the side in the top of the seventh frame using only 12 pitches. Paige walked off the field to a roaring standing ovation from the 65,922 fans at the Stadium. To add to his big day, Paige also worked a scoreless eighth inning and also got a base hit in his only at bat.
July 12, 1948
On the first day of the annual All-Star break, the Cleveland Indians not participating in the exhibition in St. Louis traveled to Dayton to take on the Tribe’s single-A affiliate, the Dayton Indians.
Just as it should …
July 11, 1948
Anything you can do, I can do better.
That could be the mantra for Bob Lemon as the developing 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 battled the Browns Ray Shore 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.