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After the Cleveland Indians’ 1948 Season (Part 1)

April 3, 2016 |

The 1948 World Championship was the crowning moment in Bill Veeck’s career as an owner – and one of the loneliest in his life. Veeck would own another pennant winner, but no other world champion. On September 23, 1949, he led a funeral procession out to the outfield to bury the pennant, with the Indians mathematically eliminated from the race. That fall, Veeck’s wife Eleanore filed for divorce, and Veeck was forced to sell the team to pay for it.

In 1951, Veeck, newly married, bought the St. Louis Browns. His idea was to run off the Cardinals, and with a mix of his own wacky promotions and Cardinals owner Fred Saigh’s income tax problems, it appeared he might do so. But Saigh sold the team to Gussie Busch, heir to the brewing fortune and a St. Louis institution. Veeck sought to move the team to Baltimore, but was blocked by baseball owners and was forced to sell the team – which then moved to Baltimore. Read More

Boudreau Wins Most Valuable Player Award in American League

April 2, 2016 |

November 25, 1948

This afternoon the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Lou Boudreau as the Most Valuable Player of the American League.

Boudreau, the Indians player-manager, led the 1948 Tribe to the World Series crown last month. On the field, he hit .355, with 18 home runs and 106 runs batted in in 152 games. All three numbers were career highs for the Tribe’s shortstop. Off the field, the 30-year-old manager helped guide the Indians to their first World Series crown in 28 years. Read More

Tribe Celebrates World Championship with Fans Before Heading Home

April 1, 2016 |

October 12, 1948

This morning the Cleveland Indians arrived home from Boston, victors of the 1948 World Series, and received a heroes’ parade upon their arrival.

A dozen slow moving vehicles carrying Indians players and personnel traveled from the Cleveland Terminal to University Circle. It was estimated that between 200,000 and 500,000 fans turned out to honor the first baseball championship in Cleveland in 28 years. Fans lined both sides of the street and threw paper and held signs from building windows.

While it seems reasonable that future pennants will be won and future players will become stars, this championship and squad seems special in that regardless of nationality or background, Clevelanders had a player on the team that embodied their morals and beliefs. Read More

Tribe Celebrates Championship From Clubhouse to Public Square

March 31, 2016 |

October 11, 1948

As the Indians clinched their first World Series championship in 28 years, the celebration started on the field but spilled into the clubhouse and lasted much of the evening in Cleveland.

Clevelanders are getting used to celebrating championships as this is their third trophy in the last ten months. The Cleveland Barons hockey team won last April and the Cleveland Browns football team was champions in December. But for the Indians, the drought of 28 years seems like an eternity for veteran players and a generation of fans.

It was a special feeling for outfielder Bob Kennedy to catch the final out of the season and bring the World Series crown to Cleveland. Kennedy was dealt to Cleveland in May for outfielder Pat Seerey. Kennedy left the last place Chicago White Sox for the first place Indians. Read More

INDIANS WIN WORLD SERIES!!!!!!! Indians 4, Braves 3

March 31, 2016 |

October 11, 1948

As Bob Kennedy circled around a routine fly ball by Tommy Holmes and squeezed the final out this afternoon, he concluded the end of anything but a routine season for the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians are World Series Champions. Read More

Umpire Stewart Receives Police Protection After Third Controversial Call

March 30, 2016 |

October 10, 1948

While no reports have been substantiated, Cleveland police and Major League Baseball have provided protection for World Series umpire Bill Stewart.

Stewart has made three controversial calls in the World Series – all going the favor of the Boston Braves. The first two calls have already been proven to incorrect by evidence from photographers. Film has yet to be produced to prove Stewart’s correctness on the third play. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 5: Lou Boudreau

March 30, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 5 days

Number five on our countdown is one of the handful of players honored in Indians history with a retired number. The man held two very distinct titles during his tenure in Cleveland and several more nicknames for good measure.

Whether you called him “Old Shufflefoot”, “Handsome Lou”, “Boy Wonder”, “The Good Kid”, or skipper, Lou Boudreau was one thing in the end – a Hall of Famer. Read More

The World Series is Back in Cleveland – Series Tied 1-1

March 28, 2016 |

October 8, 1948

Large crowds. Cold, rainy weather. Ticket scalpers making profits. An electric atmosphere.

Welcome back Tribe…this time, it’s for all the marbles.

Today, for the first time since October 12, 1920, the city of Cleveland will host a World Series game. The Tribe will take on the National League’s Boston Braves on baseball’s biggest stage with the series tied at one game apiece. Read More

Indians Even Series Behind Strong Lemon Outing; Indians 4, Braves 1

March 27, 2016 |

October 7, 1948

Bob Lemon overcame a first inning unearned run and went the distance for Cleveland, as the Indians chased Boston’s Warren Spahn early in a 4-1 victory on Thursday to even the World Series at one game apiece.

The Braves struck first in the first against the Indians’ Lemon on yet another debatable call from umpire Bill Stewart. The inning’s second hitter, Al Dark, reached safely at first base on an error at second by Joe Gordon. Gordon initially fumbled with the ground ball, but recovered in time to throw to first. It appeared Stewart called Dark safe even before he or the ball reached the bag but, despite some protesting on the field by the Indians, the call remained. Dark moved up to third base as Earl Torgeson singled to right. Bob Elliott, Boston’s RBI leader, drove Dark home with a single to left to give Boston the early 1-0 lead.

With two on and just one out, Lemon picked off Torgeson from second with Marv Rickert at the plate. The threat now diffused, Lemon struck Rickert out to end the inning.

“Sure, there were a few butterflies in my stomach when I walked out there for the first inning,” said Lemon in the Cleveland dressing room, “but they disappeared with the first pitch.” Read More

Controversial Call Looms Large in Game One Loss

March 27, 2016 |

October 7, 1948

Marring an incredible pitchers’ duel at Braves Field in Boston was what appeared to be a missed call on a pickoff play in the eighth inning of Boston’s 1-0 victory over Cleveland Wednesday.

Bob Feller was on the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning, pitching a one-hitter in a scoreless tie. The Indians’ bats had been held quiet by a combination of the wicked array of curveballs from the Braves’ Johnny Sain and the winds blowing in from right field towards home plate off of the Boston harbor. Read More

Classic Pitchers’ Duel Favors Boston; Braves 1, Indians 0

March 26, 2016 |

October 6, 1948

In quite possibly the best pitched game in World Series history, Cleveland’s Bob Feller and Boston’s Johnny Sain locked up in a pitchers’ duel, with a controversial call in the eighth inning leading to the only run of the afternoon as the Braves defeated the Indians by a 1-0 final on Wednesday.

With no score and both pitchers dealing on the mound, Feller walked catcher Bill Salkeld to start off the eighth inning on five pitches. Phil Masi came on to run. A sacrifice from Mike McCormick down the first base line moved Masi to second. Feller intentionally walked Eddie Stanky to put the double play in order with the pitcher Sain stepping to the plate. The faster Sibby Sisti took over on the bases for Stanky.

Before Feller threw his first pitch to his Boston counterpart, he threw to shortstop Lou Boudreau at second in an attempt to pick off the pinch-runner Masi. Despite appearing to be out, Masi was ruled safe on his return by umpire Bill Stewart. Read More

Indians and Braves Ready for Game One

March 26, 2016 |

October 6, 1948

The heavily-favored Cleveland Indians will engage the Boston Braves in a seven-game championship battle in the 45th World Series beginning today.

Lou Boudreau’s Indians knocked off the Red Sox in Boston to earn the American League pennant on Monday, clinching the ball club the right to challenge for their second world’s championship.

The Braves, meanwhile, had a much quieter pursuit of the National League pennant. By the middle of June, they claimed the top spot in the league after a slow start to their season. A 20-10 month of June was followed up by a 19-11 July. They strung together a pair of six-game winning streaks in June. They had two separate four-game winning streaks and a five-game run in July. In the two months, Boston outscored their opponents by a 341-255 margin. Read More