Below are more headlines from the 1948 baseball season, including the Cleveland Indians winning the World Series and Alvin Dark being named Rookie of the Year:
Tribe Wins 1948 World Series in Six
During the 1948 World Series-clinching win Joe Gordon hit a key home run; Bob Lemon was the winning pitcher; shortstop/manager was Lou Boudreau; and Gene Bearden relieved Lemon in the eighth inning and stifled a Braves rally to earn the save.
Alvin Dark Named ROTY
Shortstop Alvin Dark, who batted .322 with 39 doubles and 85 runs, was the controversial choice for Rookie of the Year in 1948. With only one award given for both leagues, Dark beat out Richie Ashburn, who hit .333 and led the majors in steals, as well as Gene Bearden, who won 20 games for Cleveland.
Richie Ashburn Hits .333 in Debut
Few players have batted .300 in both their first season and their last season. Ashburn was one of them. Ashburn debuted with a .333 average in 1948, leading the National League in steals (32). He led the league in batting twice. In his final season, 1962, he hit .306 with the Mets.
Rex Barney Enjoys Final Thrill
After years of struggling to acquire control, Rex Barney seemed right on the verge of putting it all together in a big way in 1948 (he went 15-13 that season with a 3.10 ERA). Instead, he regressed -- so enormously that he was gone from the majors by 1950. In the 1949 World Series, Barney started the final game but was lifted in the third inning after issuing six walks.
Barney's big moment came on September 9, 1948, when he no-hit the Giants.
Satchel Paige, 42, Goes 6-1
Cynics were convinced that Cleveland owner Bill Veeck signed the ancient Satchel Paige midway through the 1948 season solely as a gate attraction. The 42-year-old "rookie" went 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA that season. Five years later, he pitched in 57 games for Veeck's St. Louis Browns and was fourth in the American League in saves.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1948 baseball season.
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