May 14, 1948
Despite being 11-5 after 16 games — and 13 road games — the Cleveland Indians still have a long-term problem with their pitching staff, namely their starting rotation.
Bob Feller and Bob Lemon have combined to win six of the Tribe’s 11 games and appear to be ready to be a one-two punch for the season. However, the only win by a starter other than the tandem is Gene Bearden’s 6-1 victory last Saturday in Washington. Al Gettel and Don Black have failed twice each. Bob Muncrief has stumbled once and Bill Kennedy will have his chance on Sunday against the struggling Chicago White Sox.
It seems everyone has had a chance to start, everyone except Ed Klieman.
May 10, 1948
Three’s were wild on Monday afternoon when the Indians used three runs in both the first and second innings to compensate for the three they gave up in the first frame, and a triple play in the eighth inning helped spur the Tribe to a three-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 12-7 victory in front of 11,101 Boston faithful kept the Indians even with their first place counterpart, the Philadelphia Athletics.
Al Gettel’s second start of the season was his second short effort, as he did not survive the third inning. But Ed Klieman pitched six strong innings in relief to slow Boston’s offense enough for the Tribe to bang out 12 runs, 12 hits and two more home runs. They now have a league leading 28 home runs in just 15 games.
May 9, 1948
The Indians endured yet another sour start, but used a fine effort from the bullpen and a late rally to steal the second game of the Sunday doubleheader, 9-5. Cleveland used three more home runs to ignite the rally.
The two victories match the two wins posted by the Philadelphia Athletics today, leaving the Tribe in a virtual tie in the standings. Cleveland is a half-game behind in the standings, yet because of playing three fewer games, the Tribe has a .714 winning percentage to Philly’s .706.
May 9, 1948
The Indians have a new power threat to go with one of their old threats.
Ken Keltner hit two more home runs in the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon and Bob Feller provided another strong pitching performance to give the Indians a 4-1 victory in front of 11,902 fans at Fenway Park. Keltner’s two home runs give him eight on the season and come as an early surprise, since he only had 11 a season ago.
May 8, 1948
Good things come to those who wait, and in the case of Gene Bearden and Larry Doby, they each cashed in on opportunities afforded to them Saturday afternoon. For fans, their continued emergence might shorten the wait to the Indians being a legitimate contender in the American League.
This afternoon, Bearden and Doby each played well enough to steal the headlines all for themselves as the Indians defeated the Washington Senators, 6-1 in front of 11,902 fans at Griffith Stadium. Bearden allowed only three hits in eight and two-thirds innings and took a shutout into the ninth inning in his first start of the season. Doby, after a rained out game in Philadelphia and two days on the bench, hit one of the longest home runs in the history of the Nats’ park. The eighth inning clout can be rivaled only by Babe Ruth.
May 8, 1948
The Indians’ offense is off to a fine start, leading the Tribe to several victories when its starting pitching has faltered.
However, the Indians might not be using one of their best offensive threats as much as they potentially could.
While 3-1 on the mound after last night’s four-hit shutout, Bob Lemon is hitting .533 at the plate on the season and has eight hits in 15 at-bats. Two of his eight hits are home runs. Last night, Lemon did not homer, but he did have three hits to help the Indian offense. He and Joe Gordon helped pace the Tribe with three hits each.
May 7, 1948
Desperate for a win and to snap a losing streak that is starting to grow as big as their original winning streak, Bob Lemon toiled a four-hit shutout for the Indians Friday evening in their first night game of the season, blanking the Washington Senators 8-0.
The Cleveland right-hander was in complete control from start to finish in the Capital’s cool air. He picked up his third win of the season, using his curveball to retire the last 10 consecutive hitters of the game. Lemon also helped the Tribe offense with three hits of his own. The Tribe produced their eight runs in three big innings.
May 6, 1948
After a 6-0, undefeated April, the Indians find themselves at 0-4 in a winless May.
On Thursday, the Cleveland ball club proved that sometimes “grand” isn’t good enough, as the Philadelphia Athletics overcame Ken Keltner’s second inning grand slam and defeated the Indians 8-5.
The Indians tossed their ace pitcher, Bob Feller, but unfortunately he fared as poorly as the other starting pitchers during their four game losing streak, while the Mackmen extended their winning streak to five. The A’s streak of excellence has vaulted them into first place, one full game ahead of the Indians and one half game ahead of the New York Yankees, who were also victorious on Thursday.
May 5, 1948
After starting the season with a 6-0 record, the Cleveland Indians are losers of their last three games and player/manager Lou Boudreau is doing everything in his power to change things.
“We’ve lost three games, so I’ve got to experiment with a few changes,” Boudreau said. “We have to do something to win ballgames.”
May 4, 1948
As hot as the Indians started this season, they seem to be cooling down just as fast.
The previously 6-0 Cleveland squad dropped its third game in a row Tuesday afternoon at Shibe Park, and the Philadelphia Athletics moved to within percentage points of the American League-leading Indians with their 8-6 victory. The game was highlighted by a walk-off two-run homerun in the bottom of the tenth inning by Philly leadoff hitter Eddie Joost.
Joost, last year’s AL strikeout leader, continued his hot hitting of late as the shortstop extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his exciting blast. For the season, Joost has hit safely in 12 of 13 games. The homerun was his fourth of the season.
May 2, 1948
The Detroit Tigers took a second straight game in Cleveland from the Indians behind a strong starting effort from Fred Hutchinson, as the Tigers won 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Hutchinson (1-1, 6.35 ERA) rained on the Indians’ parade on a dreary afternoon at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. He was solid on the mound for the Tigers, allowing just three base runners on the day in a complete game effort. Both runs scored on a pair of home runs and he gave up only one other base hit. He issued no free passes and struck out four.
It was a significant improvement over his previous outing against the Indians this season, when he allowed six runs on nine hits (including four home runs) in five and two-thirds innings for the loss.
May 1, 1948
With a five-run fifth inning against Cleveland starter Bob Feller and the aid of six errors, the Detroit Tigers handed the Indians their first loss of the season with a 10-3 victory on a sloppy Saturday afternoon at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Out of the gate, the matchup between Feller and the Tigers’ Paul “Dizzy” Trout appeared to be a stellar pitchers’ duel for the crowd of 52,249 in downtown Cleveland.
Detroit proved to be the day’s victors, thanks to a solid outing by Trout (1-1), who pitched eight and two-thirds innings to earn his first win of the season. The Tiger starter, rumored to have been offered to the Indians in the offseason, finished just one out shy of the complete game and allowed three runs on nine hits. He struck out four.