August 12, 1948
It’s certainly not the homecoming that Sam Zoldak was hoping for, but it is the one that he is going to have to live with. The newest Tribe starter was pounded by his old teammates as the Indians dropped their second in a row to the St. Louis Browns 8-4.
Zoldak (6-8, 4.18) was acquired by the Indians in June in exchange for Bill Kennedy at the trade deadline. Kennedy was masterful on Wednesday as he pitched seven frames in the Browns 12-4 victory, while Zoldak did not make it out of the fourth inning on Thursday.
August 8, 1948
In front of another record setting crowd of 73,484, the Cleveland Indians rose to the occasion Sunday afternoon 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.”
August 1, 1948
Zoldak (6-7, 3.81) was outstanding in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader, pitching arguably his best game as an Indian. Zoldak threw a complete game, one-run, seven-hitter to lead the Indians to a 6-1 victory over Boston. The win moves the Tribe percentage points ahead of the Red Sox and vaults the Indians into second place, one game behind front-running Philadelphia.
July 29, 1948
The series is a great opportunity for the Indians to make up ground in the American League against the Red Sox, who have been the hottest team in baseball.
July 24, 1948
It was a day of firsts for the Cleveland Indians, but none of their achievements will be on president Bill Veeck’s mantle anytime soon.
When the Indians and their bullpen allowed the Boston Red Sox to walk to a 2-1 victory in the second game of their Saturday doubleheader, it became the first time the Tribe has been swept in a twin bill all season. It also became the first time the Indians fell below second place in the standings or did not have a winning percentage of .600 or better.
July 23, 1948
Friday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians were rained out in New York, cutting their four-game series short at just three. As the Tribe boarded an earlier train for Boston, the rains continued to pound not just on New York, but possibly on the Indians’ pennant hopes.
When the train doors open this evening, the Indians will find themselves in the tightest race the 1948 season has seen yet. Cleveland remains in first place, but Philadelphia trails by just a half game, followed by the streaking Red Sox just a game and a half back and the Yankees in fourth place by just two and a half games. Half of the American League is less than a three-game series from the first place spot.
July 22, 1948
With 71 games remaining in the Cleveland Indians season, no one will accuse them of looking ahead past today’s game. But maybe they should start.
With about ten weeks remaining in the Tribe’s season, Indians manager Lou Boudreau has been working and overworking his pitching staff at quite a rigorous pace since the All-Star break. The last four days have produced nail-biting and extra inning games that have sent Boudreau’s pitching staff into a scurry to just survive the next inning.
July 21, 1948
The New York Yankees used four home runs from their lineup and three hits from Joe DiMaggio to take the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium by a score of 7-3.
Bob Muncrief, who once looked to be solidifying himself in the Tribe’s rotation, allowed two homers before giving way to Sam Zoldak, who gave up two more. Eddie Lopat, who scattered six hits over nine innings to defeat the wig-wammers, again stymied Cleveland. Had Lopat had an answer for Lou Boudreau, he could have shut out the Tribe rather easily.
Cleveland did take an early lead before the Bronx Bombers took control. In the top of the first inning, Larry Doby was hit by a pitch and was able to trot home when Boudreau hit his ninth home run of the season and gave the Tribe a 2-0 lead before New York came to bat.
July 17, 1948
Philadelphia Athletics and American League All-Star pitcher Joe Coleman allowed just six base hits in blanking the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, 5-0.
The win for Connie Mack and the Athletics earned the series split for Philadelphia and cut the Indians lead in the division back down to one-half game, just as it had been when Cleveland came to town on Thursday for the start of the four-game set.
July 15, 1948
The Cleveland Indians head east for a lengthy 15-game road trip through the east coast American League cities, starting with a four-game series beginning Thursday against the Philadelphia Athletics. It is the third time the Indians have headed out on an east coast swing this season.
The Indians (45-28) arrived in the City of Brotherly Love with just a half-game lead over the second place Athletics and a two and a half game lead over the third place New York Yankees. They have fared well against the A’s this season, posting an 8-3 record so far against the Connie Mack-led squad. They have won three in a row against the A’s.
July 5, 1948
It had all the makings of a good day. The Tribe already had taken the first game of the doubleheader and led the second game 4-3 in the eighth inning. The fans had been positive, cheering most of the afternoon and it looked like the Indians were about to build upon their first place lead.
Things change quickly.
July 1, 1948
After not getting a hit last night, the Detroit Tigers exploded for 13 base knocks this afternoon, snapping Bob Muncrief’s scoreless innings streak and sending the Tribe to a 9-5 loss.
Cleveland fell behind early, but battled back to take a late lead, only to see Detroit’s comeback one-up its own. It was Detroit’s first victory against the Tribe at Briggs Stadium this season, finally giving the 11,644 fans in attendance something to cheer about. The Indians had won the first five games between the two in the Motor City.