Thursday, April 06, 2006

cleveland world series champs?

it has been like 200 years since the cleveland indians have won the world series. 1948 isn't 200 hundred years but it sure seems like it.

i believe this 2006 team could win 96 games this year and with luck, get their way back to the world series.

this post is for all the lifetime indian fans. the audio player has a few innings of game one and i hope to add a few more soon. the summary of the game is below.

summary of game one of the 1948 world series (courtesy of
The Cleveland Indians didn't have far to travel to begin the 1948 World Series. The Tribe had fashioned an 8-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in the first-ever AL pennant playoff, and awaiting Cleveland just a short trip south of Fenway were the Boston Braves, champions of the National League.

The Series shaped up as a battle of stellar pitching staffs - the Indians featured a trio of top-notch starters in Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Gene Bearden, while the Braves boasted the famous pair of Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain.

The respective lineups were not without punch either - the Braves' Billy Southworth could pencil in five .300 hitters into his everyday lineup; Cleveland's player-manager Lou Boudreau led his squad with a .355 mark and had two big sluggers in Ken Keltner and Joe Gordon with a pair of outstanding outfielders in Larry Doby and Dale Mitchell.

Game 1
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The Series got underway at Braves Field on Wednesday, October 6, with a pitching matchup for the ages as fireballer Bob Feller (19-15, 3.56 ERA) squared off against the crafty Johnny Sain (24-15, 2.60). True to its billing, the game was a pitcher's duel. Both hurlers went the distance, with Feller allowing just two hits while Sain surrendered only four. The difference-maker came in the eighth inning as Feller picker Phil Masi off second base, but umpire Bill Stewart called him safe (photos would later reveal that Masi should have been called out). Tommy Holmes later singled Masi home with the game's only run to give Boston the victory.


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