Stan the Man Shines Again
Musial's 1948 baseball season ranks among the ten greatest in history (.376 average, 39 home runs, 131 RBI). What made it even more amazing was that, with the exception of Enos Slaughter, Musial got very little help from other Cardinals batters. On the mound, Harry Brecheen (20-7, 2.24 ERA) had a similar kind of year for the Redbirds.
World Mourns the Death of Babe Ruth
Baseball fans, young and old, file past the bier of Ruth in the rotunda of Yankee Stadium on August 18, 1948, to say farewell to the greatest slugger in the game's history. Ruth died of throat cancer at the age of 53. At Ruth's burial, on a hot day, ex-teammate Joe Dugan whispered, "I'd give a lot for a cold beer about now," Waite Hoyt confided, "So would the Babe."
Gene Bearden Wins the American League Flag
The 1948 Cleveland Indians lefthander Gene Bearden completed a stunning 8-3 win over the Red Sox in the first pennant playoff game in American League history.
Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr: Unbeatable Duo
Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr combined with shortstop Vern Stephens to produce 81 home runs and 375 RBI for the Red Sox in 1948. The trio was largely responsible for Boston tallying 67 more runs than Cleveland, even though the Tribe both outhit and outhomered the Red Sox by a substantial margin.
Pat Seerey Smacks Four HRs
Pat Seerey produced four home runs on July 18, 1948. Seerey, a 200-pound slugger with a 200-inch hole in his swing, was the American League whiff leader in every one of the four seasons that he played 100 or more games. Though he cracked four four-baggers in this game, he hit just 15 more during the rest of the season.
Dale Mitchell Scores in Series
Cleveland Indians on-deck hitter Joe Gordon signals to Dale Mitchell that he can score standing up on Lou Boudreau's double. The tally was the Indians' first run in game four of the 1948 World Series, won by the Tribe 2-1 behind Steve Gromek. A record 81,897 attended the game; the next day, a new record of 86,288 was set.
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