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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 18, 2021

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Lou Boudreau

Boudreau Opens Season on Veeck’s Hot Seat

September 22, 2013 |

April 18, 1948

Cleveland fans are nothing if not loyal to their Tribe and its players. Their loyalty might have saved Lou Boudreau’s job and earned themselves a few beers this offseason.

Last October, during the World Series, it is believed Indians owner Bill Veeck floated the idea of trading Boudreau to the St. Louis Browns during the winter. After hitting .307 and leading the American League with 45 doubles in 1947, Boudreau’s value as a player has never been higher. His third-place finish for the AL Most Valuable Player award confirms the notion.

The discussion, allegedly at Toots Shor’s restaurant in Manhattan, was off the record, but eventually found its way into a Chicago newspaper. Boudreau’s hometown newspaper was surprised by the rumor, but when the Cleveland media found out, fans were outraged.

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Tribe Has High Hopes, but Still Chasing Yankees and Red Sox as Season Starts

September 21, 2013 |

Today is the fourth and final preview story of the Did The Tribe Win Last Night 1948 project. The DTTWLN staff will begin the #48Replay on September 22 with daily posts and tweets as if the 1948 season were live action. We encourage our readers to enjoy the 1948 season all winter long, in addition to our regular Tribe coverage.

April 20, 1948

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.

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Boudreau Opens Season on Veeck’s Hot Seat

September 17, 2013 |

This is the first preview story of the Did The Tribe Win Last Night 1948 project. The DTTWLN staff will begin the #48Replay on September 22 with daily posts and tweets as if the 1948 season were live action. We encourage our readers to enjoy the 1948 season all winter long, in addition to our regular Tribe coverage.

April 18, 1948

Cleveland fans are nothing if not loyal to their Tribe and its players. Their loyalty might have saved Lou Boudreau’s job and earned themselves a few beers this offseason.

Last October, during the World Series, it is believed Indians owner Bill Veeck floated the idea of trading Boudreau to the St. Louis Browns during the winter. After hitting .307 and leading the American League with 45 doubles in 1947, Boudreau’s value as a player has never been higher. His third-place finish for the AL Most Valuable Player award confirms the notion.

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It’s Time to Bring Cleveland a Winner

September 1, 2013 |

Cleveland needs a winner.

Cleveland sports fans are unique in many ways, loyal to their teams when most fans would have abandoned ship a long time ago. The town has not had a playoff team in any sport since 2010 and hosts a generation of heartache for most fans that dates back to the early 1980s. It seems ESPN and other sports networks have Cleveland’s pain saved in their reels and ready to press play as soon as it becomes applicable again.

But there was a time when Cleveland was on top of the sports world. The major markets weren’t quite good enough to take down Cleveland in hockey, football or baseball, and the city held championships in each sport.

The year was 1948.

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Boudreau Gets Crafty vs. Ted Williams

August 28, 2013 |

On July 14, 1946, Ted Williams was tearing the cover off the ball against the Indians.

In the first half of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Williams knocked in eight runs, and the Red Sox needed every one of them in an 11-10 win over the Tribe. In the second game, Indians player-manager Lou Boudreau had an idea.

Left fielder George Case was left in his position, while Boudreau and third baseman Ken Keltner moved over to the right side of the infield. First baseman Jimmy Wasdell was right down the line, third baseman Ken Keltner was just inside second base, and Boudreau was between them. Second baseman Jack Conway was in shallow right, behind Wasdell.

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Keltner’s Glove Helped End Dimaggio’s Hit Streak

August 28, 2013 |

On May 15, 1941, Joe DiMaggio began a hitting streak with a single against the Chicago White Sox. Two months later, DiMaggio’s streak had stretched to 56 games when he smashed a double and two singles against the Cleveland Indians at League Park on July 16, 1941.  DiMaggio had overtaken the modern major league record of 41 games by George Sisler, and Wee Willie Keeler’s ancient mark of 44 games.

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Tigers Legend Helped Build Indians of the 1950s

August 23, 2013 |

He was the original Hammerin’ Hank. In the less enlightened time when he played, he was also known as the Hebrew Hammer.

But after a lengthy and successful career – almost exclusively with the Detroit Tigers – Hank Greenberg came to Cleveland and left his mark on the Indians.

After the 1947 season – the only one he played with the Pittsburgh Pirates – Greenberg’s playing career ended. He retired with a career .313 batting average and 331 home runs – a number which could have vastly increased had Greenberg not lost the bulk of four seasons to service in the Army Air Forces in World War II.

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