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1948 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Cleveland Indians (4) Lou Boudreau (player/manager) 97–58, .626, GA: 1
Boston Braves (2) Billy Southworth 91–62, .595, GA: 6½
Dates: October 6–October 11
Television: NBC, CBS, ABC, DuMont
TV announcers: Red Barber and Van Patrick
Radio: Mutual
Radio announcers: Mel Allen and Jim Britt
Umpires: George Barr (NL), Bill Summers (AL), Bill Stewart (NL), Bill Grieve (AL), Babe Pinelli (NL: outfield only), Joe Paparella (AL: outfield only)
Future Hall of Famers: Indians: Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Joe Gordon, Bob Lemon, Satchel Paige
Braves: Billy Southworth (mgr.), Warren Spahn
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The 1948 World Series matched the Cleveland Indians against the Boston Braves. The Braves had won the National League pennant for the first time since the "Miracle Braves" team of 1914. The Indians spoiled a chance for the only all-Boston World Series by winning a one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox. Though superstar pitcher Bob Feller failed to win either of his two starts, the Indians won the Series in six games to capture their second championship and their first since 1920 (as well as their last to the present date).

It was the first World Series to be televised on a nationwide network and was announced by famed sportcasters Red Barber and Van Patrick.[1]

This was the only World Series from 1947 to 1958 not to feature a New York team, and also the last World Series until 1957 not won by a New York team. Both teams would meet again in the 1995 World Series - by that time, the Braves had moved to Atlanta.

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Summary

AL Cleveland Indians (4) vs. NL Boston Braves (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 6 Cleveland Indians – 0, Boston Braves – 1 Braves Field 1:42 40,135[2]
2 October 7 Cleveland Indians – 4, Boston Braves – 1 Braves Field 2:14 39,633[3] 
3 October 8 Boston Braves – 0, Cleveland Indians – 2 Cleveland Stadium 1:36 70,306[4] 
4 October 9 Boston Braves – 1, Cleveland Indians – 2 Cleveland Stadium 1:31 81,897[5] 
5 October 10 Boston Braves – 11, Cleveland Indians – 5 Cleveland Stadium 2:39 86,288[6] 
6 October 11 Cleveland Indians – 4, Boston Braves – 3 Braves Field 2:16 40,103[7]

Matchups

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Game 1

Wednesday, October 6, 1948 at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 2 2

WP: Johnny Sain (1–0)  LP: Bob Feller (0–1)  

Game 2

Thursday, October 7, 1948 at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 8 1
Boston 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 3

WP: Bob Lemon (1–0)  LP: Warren Spahn (0–1)  

The second game also made television history when a live broadcast of the Indians–Braves matchup was shown aboard the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Marylander passenger train travelling between Washington, D.C. and New York City, using a receiver operated by Bendix Corporation technicians.[8] An Associated Press reporter observing the demonstration said, "Technically, it was surprisingly good."[8]

Game 3

Friday, October 8, 1948 at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Cleveland 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 X 2 5 0

WP: Gene Bearden (1–0)  LP: Vern Bickford (0–1)  

Game 4

Saturday, October 9, 1948 at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 0
Cleveland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 5 0

WP: Steve Gromek (1–0)  LP: Johnny Sain (1–1)  
HRs:  BOS – Marv Rickert (1)  CLE – Larry Doby (1)

A new World Series single-game attendance record was set with 81,897 fans.

Game 5

Sunday, October 10, 1948 at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 3 0 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 11 12 0
Cleveland 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 2

WP: Warren Spahn (1–1)  LP: Bob Feller (0–2)  
HRs:  BOS – Bob Elliott 2 (2), Bill Salkeld (1)  CLE – Dale Mitchell (1), Jim Hegan (1)

Satchel Paige appeared for the Indians, becoming the first black pitcher to take the mound in World Series history.

The previous night's single-game attendance record was broken with 86,288 fans.

Game 6

Monday, October 11, 1948 at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 10 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 9 0

WP: Bob Lemon (2–0)  LP: Bill Voiselle (0–1)  SV: Gene Bearden (1)  
HRs:  CLE – Joe Gordon (1)

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1948 World Series (4–2): Cleveland Indians (A.L.) over Boston Braves (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Indians 2 0 3 7 1 2 0 1 1 17 38 3
Boston Braves 4 0 1 1 0 1 7 3 0 17 43 6
Total attendance: 358,362   Average attendance: 59,727
Winning player’s share: $6,772   Losing player’s share: $4,571[9]

Notes

References

  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 219–224)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2156. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. "1948 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1948_WS.shtml. Retrieved 2007-12-09.  

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