April 30, 1948
The Indians are the most rained out team in baseball to date. If only they ever saw any rain, it might sit better.
For the third time this week, the Indians have been rained out. The Tribe was rained out Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago before traveling to St. Louis and defeating the Browns yesterday, 5-2. On Tuesday, the White Sox canceled the game around 9 a.m. because rain was in the forecast, yet it never did precipitate.
April 30, 1948
If he wasn’t the manager, he’d still be the manager’s favorite player.
Lou Boudreau, the player, is tough to keep out of the lineup, and so far this season, he’s tough to keep off the base paths as well. During the last two Indians games, Boudreau has been on base 11 of his last 13 plate appearances. Yesterday, he was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, smashing four hits in five at-bats. Monday, he was a home run shy of the same feat, with five hits and two walks in eight plate appearances.
April 29, 1948
The win streak reached six games this afternoon, when a new town provided acceptable weather for the Tribe to play. The weather met the Tribe’s standards, but the opponent again failed to measure up.
Lou Boudreau was just a triple short of the cycle and Bob Lemon toiled nine strong innings to lead the Tribe to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Browns in Sportsman’s Park this afternoon. The victory was their sixth straight to open the season, and gives them an early two-game lead in the American League standings.
April 27, 1948
The official record will list today’s Cleveland Indians game at the Chicago White Sox as a rain out, but unofficially it was canceled due to poor decision making.
Hard rain fell around the Chicago area around 9 a.m. and the game was canceled quickly by 10 a.m. However, the sun came out and it was a beautiful day that easily could have included baseball at Comiskey Park. The Pale Hose might have been quick to wash away the game with Bob Lemon (1-0) slated to pitch today and Bob Feller tomorrow for the Tribe. Chicago will be able to substitute rookie Bill Wight for staff ace Joe Haynes (0-2) tomorrow.
April 27, 1948
Entering the season, the Cleveland Indians were aware that their major question mark was their starting pitching. After five victories, the questions remain and even might have grown.
At the top of the rotation, Bob Feller and Bob Lemon have combined for three quality starts. Feller shutout the St. Louis Browns last Tuesday in the home opener and beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Saturday. Lemon threw a complete game of his own in the Indians’ first game in Detroit, a 8-2 victory.
April 26, 1948
Finding a hero is difficult for the Cleveland Indians after Monday’s 12-11 come from behind victory at Comiskey Park.
Finding a hero is difficult because they had so many deserving candidates, including Lou Boudreau’s five hits, Eddie Robinson’s 14th inning home run, Russ Christopher’s five scoreless innings in relief, Ed Klieman’s three scoreless before Christopher and Bob Feller coming out of the bullpen to end Chicago’s rally in the final inning.
April 25, 1948
After two days of occasional rain in Detroit, the sun came out to shine Sunday afternoon. While it appeared early that the rays of sun would give the Tigers some new life, the Indians proved they could hit in any weather.
Ken Keltner hit two home runs to help the Indians come back from an early deficit, and Bob Muncrief and Russ Christopher held the Bengals in check the final seven frames to give the Indians a 7-4 victory and sweep of the three game series. The 48,880 Detroit hopeful had little to cheer about after the second inning. The sweep asserts some muscle toward Detroit, a team the Indians will have to rival for third place throughout the season. Cleveland remains the only undefeated team in the American League circuit.
April 24, 1948
Imagine if he had control?
For the last three days, Bob Feller has told fans and reporters alike that he questioned his control and feel for the baseball with his current finger contusion suffered during Tuesday’s home opener. Despite a lack of touch, Feller toiled nine more innings allowing just five hits and one walk as the Indians won their second straight game in Detroit, 4-1.
April 23, 1948
We assume Bob Lemon didn’t drive the bus that took the team to Detroit yesterday afternoon, but it seems he did everything else this afternoon.
Lemon pitched nine strong innings, allowing only two runs and six hits, and hit a home run to help ruin the Tigers’ home opener this afternoon. Cleveland won the contest 8-2 for their second victory of the season. Ken Keltner hit two home runs of his own in helping the Tribe remain the American League’s last undefeated team.
April 22, 1948
On Tuesday, the Indians rode always-reliable ace Bob Feller to a two-hit shutout and 4-0 victory in the home opener over the St. Louis Browns. Feller’s domination over the always lowly Browns was no surprise.
The question for the Tribe and its rotation is what remains behind Feller.
Cleveland will send Bob Lemon to the mound Friday afternoon in Detroit at Briggs Stadium against the Tigers in their home opener. Lemon is hoping to make considerable strides as a pitcher this season and emerge as a strong second pitcher behind Feller.
When the Indians take the field this afternoon, the likely largest opening day crowd ever will see a team with many changes from the 1947 season. Even this morning, manager Lou Boudreau still is uncertain of his starting lineup.
The new look Cleveland Indians have 14 new members on the team from a season ago. The Indians will look to improve upon their 80-74 record from a year ago that landed them in fourth place in the American League, 25 games behind the World Series Champion New York Yankees. With rumor of Boudreau possibly being traded last offseason, the Indians have higher expectations than a mediocre finish.
April 19, 1948
If Larry Doby has not endured enough change in the last nine months, here is a little more.
Tomorrow, when the Indians open the season against the St. Louis Browns, Doby is expected to be in the starting lineup in right field, a position he has never played in the Major Leagues or the Negro Leagues. After breaking the American League color barrier last season, Doby is being expected to make a larger impact on this season’s Cleveland lineup.
When the Indians left for Spring Training, they had eight contenders for their three starting outfield spots. It was perceived that Doby was eighth on the list of the contenders to make the team. However, according to Indians manager Lou Boudreau, Doby made the team, “because he hustled the others right off the field.”