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It’s crowded at the top.
A big name star or personality may feel crowded by the people around them, but in the case of the Cleveland Indians they’re crowded by the top of the standings.
This afternoon the Indians lost 4-3 at the hands of the Detroit Tigers in front of 10,464 fans at Briggs Stadium. Bob Lemon was not at his best and wild with control early, while the Tribe offense could not muster a big inning despite three home runs. Freddie Hutchinson stifled the Tribe early and only allowed solo home runs through a cold, cutting wind.
September 24, 1948
If you were in Chicago this morning and heard something sounding like a bunch of change falling on the floor, it was just the American League determining home field for all their playoff scenarios.
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For even the biggest believers in the Cleveland Indians, the pennant hopes for 1948 are starting to flicker a little less brightly.
This afternoon the Indians lost their final matchup of the season with the New York Yankees, losing 6-5 in front of 34,064 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Bob Lemon suffered his third loss of the season against the Bronx Bombers when he couldn’t survive a four-run rally by New York in the seventh inning. Eddie Lopat, the Tribe’s nemesis for years, logged his fifth win of the season against Cleveland.
The loss for Cleveland drops them four games back of league leading Boston and two back of the Yankees, who seem cozy in second place. With only 15 games remaining, overcoming a four game deficit and chasing down two teams seems to be a more daunting task with each passing day.
September 4, 1948
In a season that appears will go down to the final games or innings, the Indians may have several unfortunate moments to point back to if the pennant does not go their way.
Another one of those moments may have taken place in the fifth inning on Saturday afternoon when the St. Louis Browns erupted for three runs against Tribe starter Satchel Paige. It was the only inning the lowly Browns scored in regulation, but that outburst and a well-pitched game by Ned Garver, was enough to push the game to extras where the Browns won 4-3 in 10 innings in front of 17,092.
Walkoff victories come in many shapes and forms. This afternoon the Yankees collected a walkoff victory that was delivered to them with a bow on it, courtesy of the Cleveland Indians.
After eight strong innings from Sam Zoldak, the heat got the best of him and he was unable to pitch the ninth. The 100-degree heat left the southpaw fatigued and unable to finish the six-hit masterpiece he had been toiling. What transpired was two runs from the Yankees against the Indians’ bullpen and a 3-2 walkoff victory. New York did not log a hit, or even get the ball out of the infield, in the ninth inning.
August 27, 1948
With a Friday doubleheader in New York to make up a previous rain out, it looked like the Indians had a chance to tie the Boston Red Sox for first place this afternoon with a free game to make ground.
Boston won their game this afternoon against the Chicago White Sox, keeping a half game ahead when the Indians won the first game in the Bronx 8-1, but the BoSox from Beantown would be defenseless as they sit idle tonight to another Indians’ win. However, sometimes the best defense is none at all. The Indians fell behind early and never recovered, losing the Yankees 7-2 in the second game of the twin bill.
In a blistering 99-degree heat at Yankee Stadium, Bob Feller was just a hot as the August sun.
After Feller fell behind by a run in the bottom of the second inning, Rapid Robert was able to buckle down and go the distance for just the second time since the All-Star break, pitching the Indians to an 8-1 victory. He used a fast ball that was fast enough and a sharp curve to work himself out of trouble and provided visions of the ace of old.
Today’s game gave a hope that Feller could still pitch the Indians to the pennant this season. They’ll need his help with the Boston Red Sox. His 13th victory just kept the Indians a half game behind the Boston Red Sox. Boston defeated Chicago this afternoon 10-5 in a game that had heat over 100-degrees.
Losers of two of three in Boston, the Indians left Beantown last night and headed for New York to start their next, “biggest series of the season.”
The Tribe’s three game series at Fenway Park was the last series the two teams will play this season. They have one game remaining against one another on Sept. 22 in Cleveland. After winning just one game of the series the Indians have slipped a half game behind Boston for first place and now only lead the New York Yankees by a half game for second place.
August 8, 1948
If Sunday’s second game is any indication of how the remainder of the season will go, the Indians have little to worry about.
With their leader and manager Lou Boudreau coming up with a key base hit to help win the first game, the supporting cast came to the rescue of their ailing skipper in the second game. After up and down seasons for each, Larry Doby, Eddie Robinson and Steve Gromek carried much of the load in the nightcap and taking the Tribe a tightly contested, 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees in front of 73,484.
August 8, 1948
In front of another record setting crowd of 73,484 Sunday afternoon the Cleveland Indians rose to the occasion with one of their biggest victories of the season.
Trailing by five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tribe rallied to score five runs behind home runs from Eddie Robinson and Johnny Berardino and a key, two-out base hit by the injured Lou Boudreau. Boudreau’s base hit tied the game at six in the five run rally and Robinson’s second homer of the game an inning later gave them an 8-6 come from behind victory.
“I saw Lou eyeing those bats as that rally progressed,” recalled Coach Bill McKechnie. “I knew what he was going to do.”
If the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees can draw 71,555 to Cleveland Municipal Stadium this afternoon the two teams will set another new attendance mark. Between the two teams, they nearly hold them all already.
Today, the two teams have a chance to establish a new three-day attendance mark. The current record of 186,151 was set in three successive days last June at Yankee Stadium when the Indians took three out of four games from New York. All reserved seats have been sold for some time and 30,000 general admission tickets are going on sale at the Indians box office at Municipal Stadium at 9 a.m. this morning for the 1:30 start. Indians president Bill Veeck expects another crowd over 70,000. It would be the Indians fourth crowd over the 70,000 mark this week.