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1948 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1947 / 1949

97-58, Finished 1st in American League (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Lou Boudreau (97-58)
Scored 840 runs, Allowed 568 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 104-51

Ballparks: Cleveland Stadium · Attendance: 2,620,627 (1st of 8)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 97, Pitching - 95 · one-year: Batting - 99, Pitching - 95

Postseason:  Won World Series (4-2) over Boston Braves


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1947 / 1949 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 21, 1947

Released Al Lopez.

October 24, 1947

Released Mel Harder.

November 10, 1947

Johnny Blatnik drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1947 rule 5 draft.

Drafted Bill Kennedy from the Boston Red Sox in the 1947 rule 5 draft.

November 17, 1947

Pete Milne selected by the New York Giants in the 1947 minor league draft.

November 20, 1947

Traded Joe Frazier, Dick Kokos, Bryan Stephens and $25,000 to the St. Louis Browns. Received Wally Judnich and Bob Muncrief.

December 4, 1947

Traded Les Fleming to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Elbie Fletcher.

December 9, 1947

Traded George Metkovich and $50,000 to the St. Louis Browns. Received Johnny Berardino. George Metkovich returned to original team on April 20, 1948. The Cleveland Indians sent $15,000 (April 20, 1948) to the St. Louis Browns to complete the trade.

December 11, 1947

Traded Red Embree to the New York Yankees. Received Allie Clark.

1948

Signed Bill Abernathie as an amateur free agent.

Signed Jim Fridley as an amateur free agent.

Signed Jim Lemon as an amateur free agent.

Signed Minnie Minoso as an amateur free agent.

Signed Ray Narleski as an amateur free agent.

Signed Jose Santiago as an amateur free agent.

Signed Bill Upton as an amateur free agent.

Signed Lee Wheat as an amateur free agent.

Bobby Avila jumped from Puebla (Mexican).

Gordie Mueller sent to the Boston Red Sox in an unknown transaction.

George Zuverink received from the St. Louis Cardinals in an unknown transaction.

January 16, 1948

Sold Eddie Bockman to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sold Jack Conway to the New York Giants.

January 27, 1948

Traded Ralph Weigel to the Chicago White Sox. Received Thurman Tucker.

April 3, 1948 (Standings)

Purchased Russ Christopher from the Philadelphia Athletics.

April 12, 1948 (Standings)

Purchased Butch Wensloff from the New York Yankees.

May 6, 1948 (Standings)

Traded George Metkovich, Les Webber and cash to Oakland (PCL). Received Will Hafey (minors).

May 8, 1948 (Standings)

Released Elbie Fletcher.

June 2, 1948 (Standings)

Traded Al Gettel and Pat Seerey to the Chicago White Sox. Received Bob Kennedy.

June 15, 1948 (Standings)

Traded Bill Kennedy and $100,000 to the St. Louis Browns. Received Sam Zoldak.

July 7, 1948 (Standings)

Signed Satchel Paige as a free agent.

July 11, 1948 (Standings)

Signed Al Smith as a free agent.

October, 1948 (Standings)

Purchased Jim Wilson from the St. Louis Browns.

November 10, 1948

Drafted Herman Reich from Portland (PCL) in the 1948 rule 5 draft.

Jim Wilson drafted by the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1948 rule 5 draft.

November 15, 1948

Drafted Bob Chakales from the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1948 minor league draft.

Grant Dunlap selected by the New York Yankees in the 1948 minor league draft.

November 20, 1948

Sold Bob Muncrief to the Pittsburgh Pirates for $20,000.

November 24, 1948

Traded Joe Tipton to the Chicago White Sox. Received Joe Haynes.

December 2, 1948

Traded Ernest Groth and Bob Kuzava to the Chicago White Sox. Received Frank Papish.

December 14, 1948

Traded Joe Haynes, Ed Klieman and Eddie Robinson to the Washington Senators. Received Mickey Vernon and Early Wynn.

1949

Signed Brooks Lawrence as an amateur free agent.

Signed Stu Locklin as an amateur free agent.

Signed Don Minnick as an amateur free agent.

Signed Don Mossi as an amateur free agent.

Signed Stan Pawloski as an amateur free agent.

Signed Harry Simpson as an amateur free agent.

Obtained Jesse Flores from San Diego (PCL) as part of a minor league working agreement.

Doug Hansen received from El Paso (Arizona-Texas) in an unknown transaction.

Pete Taylor sent to the St. Louis Browns in an unknown transaction.

February 9, 1949

Wally Judnich selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates off waivers.

February 10, 1949

Signed Artie Wilson as a free agent.

February 19, 1949

Signed Luke Easter as a free agent.

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1947 / 1949 Trades and Transactions