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 16, 1948
The Sporting News is renowned as the Bible of baseball, and with good reason. But their comments in the July 14 edition were nothing shy of heresy.
The Sporting News derided Bill Veeck’s signing of ageless Negro League wonder Satchel Paige as a publicity stunt.
“The Sporting News believes that Veeck has gone too far in his quest for publicity, and that he has done his league’s position absolutely no good insofar as public reaction is concerned,” they wrote. “To bring in a pitching ‘rookie’ of Paige’s age casts reflections on the entire scheme of operation in the major leagues.
July 18, 1948
Two late home runs earned the Indians a doubleheader sweep on Thursday night as Cleveland defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 8-5.
The Athletics jumped on Cleveland starter Bob Lemon in the bottom of the third. Opposing starter Dick Fowler led off the inning with a single to left. A walk to Barney McCosky and a single by Ray Coleman loaded up the bases with one out before Ferris Fain grounded out to Joe Gordon at second, driving in Fowler. A walk to Hank Majeski reloaded the bases for Elmer Valo, who knocked in an unearned run on an error at second by Gordon, who did not cleanly field the play. McCosky scored on the play to give the A’s a 2-0 lead.
July 14, 1948
The Indians won 4-3 in walk-off style in the second half of a home-and-home exhibition series against the Brooklyn Dodgers and Paige, but the former Negro League star stole the show. Ole Satchelfoot, the ageless wonder and newest Indians reliever, struck out the side in the top of the seventh frame using only 12 pitches. Paige walked off the field to a roaring standing ovation from the 65,922 fans at the Stadium. To add to his big day, Paige also worked a scoreless eighth inning and also got a base hit in his only at bat.
July 9, 1948
It isn’t often that fans see the ace of their staff lose to a second division team, with a poor effort, costing them a game in the standings, but still go home with a smile on their face.
But many of the 34,780 fans at Cleveland Stadium quickly lowered their boos when Satchel Paige sauntered in from the Indians bullpen to start the fifth inning in relief of Bob Lemon. Lemon allowed four runs in the first two innings and only survived four frames before giving way to Paige. Cleveland lost the game 5-3, but the story of the game was Paige.
Fans have clamored for years in wonder as to how Paige — one of the greatest pitchers of all time — would fare in a big league game. The wait was over Friday night when Paige trotted in from bullpen and took the mound to warm up around a throng of photographers. Paige might have been nervous, becoming the first African-American to pitch in the American League, but he did not show it. The hard-throwing right-hander had been pitching against big leaguers on barnstorming tours for many years.
After a tumultuous first inning that quickly had the boo-birds out among the crowd of 31,394, Bob Feller was able to settle down and defeat the Chicago White Sox 10-2 at Cleveland Stadium this evening.
With the crowd already a buzz about the signing of Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige, Feller’s struggles almost sprung him into action in the first inning. Indians manager Lou Boudreau already had signaled to the bullpen for Paige to begin warming, but Feller was able to limit damage at just two runs, and the Tribe had a big first inning of their own and pounded out 14 hits for the game as they cruised to an easy victory.
Wednesday afternoon Indians president Bill Veeck surprised all of baseball when he purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Satchel Paige from the Kansas City Monarchs.
Paige becomes only the fourth African-American in the big leagues this season. Jackie Robinson and …