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 WORLD SERIES, GAME #6
The Indians win the World Series

October 11, 1948 ... For the first time in 28 seasons, the Indians stood on top of the baseball world as they defeated the Boston Braves 4-3 at Braves Field in front of 40,103. The game was a microcosm of the Indians’ season, good offense and starting pitching but a late rally by the opposition tested the Tribe’s mettle and Gene Bearden saved the day.

A backfiring bunt brought the Series to a dramatic, but dismal finish, for the Braves. When Jim Hegan grabbed Sibbi Sisti's pop up in the ninth-inning and converted it into a doubleplay, Cleveland won the game and the World Series, four games to two.

The Braves waged an excellent struggle, to make the game one of the most exciting in the series. They missed winning it in the eighth, when Phil Masi's double to left, fell short of clearing the fence by a few feet. As Bob Kennedy caught Tommy Holmes' fly ball in left field to end it all, the Indians celebrated and banked some $6000 per player in the process. Several of the Indians players ganged up on Gene Bearden and started to carry him off the field and then went off into the darkness of the dugout and locker room.

SISTI'S POP UP

Previous Braves opportunities and failures were forgotten as the Tribe started swinging on Bob Lemon in the eighth-inning. Down 4 to 1, Tommy Holmes opened the inning by slicing the first serve to left for single. Alvin Dark took a healthy cut at a two and one pitch, but lined it straight at Larry Doby for the first out. The fans' groans changed abruptly to screams and cheering when Earl Torgeson slammed the first pitch he saw down the right-field line for a double and Holmes steamed into third base. Lemon pitched carefully to Bob Elliott, who already had three singles, and got him up to a three and two count before walking him.

Marv Rickert was the next schedule hitter and manager Lou Boudreau brought in southpaw Gene Bearden to pitch. Billy Southworth countered by bringing Clint Conaster up to the plate. Bearden was nervous, as this was as tough a spot as he hand been in, during the hectic eight-day span. He was off the plate with his first two pitches and the next one was called a strike. Conaster then connected with a fastball and sent it soaring close to 400 feet, where it went dead and Thurman Tucker corralled it. After the catch, Holmes scored and Torgeson was able to trot down to third.

Southworth was then playing percentages to get a base hit. He sent up Phil Masi to bat for Bill Salkeld and when Phil hit the second pitch, for a moment it looked like it would be a home run to win the ballgame. But the ball struck the wire screen separating the two fences in left field and bounced straight down to Dale Mitchell. Elliott had to halt at third as Masi scooted down to second.

Mike McCormick came up next and slammed the ball hard but straight at Bearden, who flipped it over to Earl Robinson to end the threat. For the second straight Monday afternoon the Indians carried the slim, rookie southpaw off the field on their shoulders. A week ago his teammates carried Bearden off the field when he threw a complete game against the Boston Red Sox in a one-game playoff for the American League pennant. Today, the carried the Purple Heart recipient off the field after getting the last five outs of the season and protecting a lead en route to a World Series title.

Indians’ ace Bob Lemon started today’s Game Six against the Braves’ Bill Voiselle. Cleveland looked to close out the series, while the Braves hoped to ride yesterday’s offensive outburst to another win and a series tie. A Boston victory would set up a final, winner-take-all game tomorrow with their ace, Johnny Sain on the mound.

But Cleveland had other ideas early in the game. After each team had scoring opportunities in the first two frames, the Indians finally broke through in the third inning. Dale Mitchell doubled to left field to start the inning off Voiselle. After Larry Doby flew out to left field, Lou Boudreau doubled to right field to bring Mitchell around and give the Indians a 1-0 lead.

The Braves answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning. Elliott singled to start the inning with one out. After Marv Rickert flew out to left field, Salkeld walked to advance Elliott into scoring position. McCormick then singled to center field to score Elliott and tie the game at one run apiece.

Cleveland tallied a pair in the sixth inning and took a lead they would not relinquish. Joe Gordon started the sixth inning with a solo home run to deep left field and over the 20-foot wall that rests 340-feet away from home plate. Gordon’s blast gave the Indians a 2-1 lead and the first home run hit in Boston by either team.

After Voiselle recorded an out, Thurman Tucker, making his first start of the series, walked and Eddie Robinson singled to right field to put runners on the corners. Hegan then grounded to third base and Elliott threw to Eddie Stanky at second base, but Robinson’s slide to into second was just enough for Stanky’s throw to go offline. Hegan was safe at first, prolonging the inning, and allowing Tucker to score and give the Indians a 3-1 lead. Lemon grounded out to end the inning, but Cleveland now had a two run lead.

THURMAN TUCKER GETS CALLED OUT

Warren Spahn, yesterday’s relief winner, entered the game at the start of the eighth inning after Voiselle was removed for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning. He had much worse luck this afternoon than he did yesterday in Cleveland. After Gordon lined out to left to start the inning, Ken Keltner and Tucker singled to start the inning and Robinson made it three in a row to extend the lead. When the Indians veteran, Keltner, touched home, Cleveland led 4-1 with just six outs remaining.

But just like the entire Cleveland season, nothing could be easy. Lemon, who had scattered just six hits and a run over seven innings, found trouble in the eighth inning, as the Braves rallied for two runs, before Gene Bearden stopped it dead.

The Indians clung to a one run lead heading to the ninth, yet the final three outs were not without drama. Stanky walked to start the ninth. After Connie Ryan pinch-ran, Sibby Sisti pinch-hit for Spahn looking to sacrifice the tying run to scoring position. Sisti popped up the bunt, Hegan made the catch and fired to Gordon covering first base to double off Ryan for two outs. Holmes, then batting with no one on, flew out to Kennedy, a defensive replacement for Mitchell, to end the season and series with the Indians as champions for the first time in 28 years.

Voiselle (0-1) the husky, right-hander pitched a fine game, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Spahn allowed the decisive run in the eighth inning. He pitched the final two innings, allowing three hits.

Indians from the playing field, bullpen and dugout all converged on the Bearden in the center of the diamond. Bearden got the final out back from Kennedy as the celebration ensued. Teammates were hugging, kissing and backslapping on the field and into the clubhouse.

Lemon (2-0) was the only pitcher in the series to win a pair of games. He pitched seven and one-third innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out one. He gave way to Bearden for the final five outs, allowing just a hit and a walk in earning a save.

Bearden had allowed just three runs and only one earned in his last 37.2 innings on the mound. He won his last six regular season starts, including the one-game playoff in Boston, Game Three of the World Series and a save today in the clincher.



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1948 WORLD SERIES

 

 

Boston Braves

2 Games

 

 

Cleveland Indians

4 Games

 

 

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 


WORLD SERIES, GAME #6
 

 
 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

 

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

1

0

 

 

4

10

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

 

 

3

9

0

 

 

 

W

BOB LEMON (2-0)

 

2B

 

DALE MITCHELL (CLEV), BOUDREAU (CLEV),
TORGESON (BOST), MASI (BOST)

 

L

BILL VOISELLE (0-1)

 

 

S

GENE BEARDEN (1)  

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 40,135

 

HR

 

GORDON (CLEV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDIANS

 

AB

R

H

 

 

Dale Mitchell lf 4 1 1  

 

Bob Kennedy lf 1 0 0  

 

Larry Doby cf 4 0 2  

 

Lou Boudreau ss 3 0 1  

 

Joe Gordon 2b 4 1 1  

 

Ken Keltner 3b 4 1 1  

 

Thurman Tucker rf 3 1 1  

 

Eddie Robinson 1b 4 0 2  

 

Jim Hegan c 4 0 1  

 

Bob Lemon p 3 0 0  
  Gene Bearden p 1 0 0  
             
    IP H ER SO  

 

Bob Lemon 7.1 8 3 1  
  Gene Bearden 1.2 1 0 0  

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

BRAVES

 

AB

R

H

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 2  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 1  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 1  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 3  

 

Marv Rickert lf 3 0 0  

 

Clint Conaster cf 1 0 0  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 0 0  

 

Phil Masi ph/c 1 0 1  

 

Mike McCormick cf/lf 4 0 1  

 

Eddie Stanky 2 1 0 0  

 

Connie Ryan pr 0 0 0  

 

Bill Voiselle p 1 0 0  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0  

 

Warren Spahn p 0 0 0  

 

Sibby Sisti ph 1 0 0  
             
    IP H ER SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 7 7 3 2  
  Warren Spahn 2 3 1 4