August 20, 1948
There are those who derided Bill Veeck’s signing of Satchel Paige from the Negro Leagues as nothing more than a publicity stunt.
And while fans are coming out in droves to see Satch pitch for the Tribe, the ageless wonder has proven to be more than effective as a spot starter.
Paige got one run of support from the Indians offense, but it was all he needed as he threw a three-hitter against the White Sox at Municipal Stadium. The Indians won 1-0, their eighth win in a row and their eighth straight against the Pale Hose. A crowd of 78,382 – a major league record for a night game – witnessed Paige’s second start in Cleveland.
August 19, 1948
The bases are just 90 feet apart or just 360 feet around the diamond to score a run, but lately it must look like miles for the opponents of the Cleveland Indians.
Last night Sam Zoldak shut out the St. Louis Browns, 3-0. The Browns were blanked in both their games in Cleveland this week and the Indians pitching staff has not allowed a run in 30 innings. The Tribesmen have not allowed a run since the sixth inning of the first game of their doubleheader last Sunday in Chicago.
The Buckeyes’ Negro League championship was a big deal – to the black community.
Although the team was covered regularly by the Call and Post, it received little notice in the mainstream press. But it wouldn’t be long before black baseball players were the toast of Cleveland – although not with the Buckeyes.
Integration was at hand.
August 13, 1948
A record crowd packed in to Comiskey Park in Chicago on Friday night to watch the White Sox host the Cleveland Indians.
Fans of baseball were not disappointed, as Satchel Paige threw a dominating five-hit complete game shutout as the Indians defeated the White Sox, 5-0, to move back into first place in the American League.
August 13, 1948
The surprising acquisition of Satchel Paige by Bill Veeck and the Cleveland Indians has not gone unnoticed around the league. While the move to add the ageless wonder and legend has garnered its share of attention, his efforts on the mound have done plenty to back up the move, as he has given the Indians bullpen a legitimate arm.
Through his first eleven games representing Cleveland in the Major Leagues, Paige has a 3-1 mark with a 2.15 ERA. He has primarily appeared in relief roles, pitching in ten ball games and finishing three of them while allowing runs in just three games. He has come in with leads to hold, come in to keep deficits to a minimum, and has even saved his manager Lou Boudreau and the rest of his bullpen mates in a close game two games ago against the St. Louis Browns, pitching nearly three innings of relief in a two-run game.
August 11, 1948
Bob Lemon (15-10, 3.03) “earned” his 15th win of the season Wednesday afternoon as the Tribe took game one of their first of two doubleheaders in the next two days by a score of 7-5.
Lemon battled through six and one third innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while walking four. It certainly was not Lemon’s best outing, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, as St. Louis’ pitching was slightly worse than he was.
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 4, 1948
In a collection of pitchers looking to find a place in the rotation, go ahead and add another one to the list. After seven strong innings on Tuesday evening, Satchel Paige declared his preference to start for the Tribe instead of relieving.
“Startin’ a game is a lot easier than goin’ in to try to save one.”
August 3, 1948
History was made a couple of times Tuesday night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Satchel Paige made the first pitching start in the major leagues by an African American in the modern era and 72,434 fans showed up to see him defeat the Senators 5-3.
Paige gave the Indians seven strong innings after some uncharacteristic wildness in the first two innings and the Indians blew Early Wynn out of the game in the fifth inning. The crowd of more than 72,000 fans becomes the largest crowd ever to see a night game in Cleveland by more than 7,000 fans. Tuesday’s throng of fans fell just 2,313 fans short of the largest night crowd ever.
August 2, 1948
Satchel Paige will make his first start for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night against Washington.
Paige has appeared in eight games since being signed by the Indians less than a month ago. All of his appearances have come in relief, building a record of 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings. His four and two-thirds innings on Friday night was his longest outing since signing with the Tribe. This will be his first start with the Tribe, but also all season. He did not make a start with the Kansas City Monarchs, the Negro League team from which the Tribe purchased his contract.
July 30, 1948
Maybe nothing can stop the Boston Red Sox.
July 25, 1948
The final touches were applied to a disastrous East Coast trip Sunday afternoon, when the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-0 in front of 32,190 Boston fans who like their pennant chances more each day.
The loss concludes a 6-8 road trip to the east coming out of the All-Star break. Cleveland has now lost four in a row and six of their last seven to end the trip. Like many of their defeats, the Tribe was in the game all afternoon, but narrowly found defeat just inches away from a potential victory.