1948 World Series
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1948 World Series (4-2)
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.
† Won a one-game playoff over the Boston Red Sox, October 4th (8-3)
Television: NBC (Red Barber announcing)
|1||Boston 1, Cleveland 0||October 6||40,135|
|2||Cleveland 4, Boston 1||October 7||39,633|
|3||Cleveland 2, Boston 0||October 8||70,306|
|4||Cleveland 2, Boston 1||October 9||81,897|
|5||Boston 11, Cleveland 5||October 10||86,288|
|6||Cleveland 4, Boston 3||October 11||40,103|
|Total Attendance: 358,362 Average Attendance: 59,727|
|Winning Player’s Share: – $6,772.07 Losing Player’s Share – $4,570.73|
- On October 9, 1948, a new World Series single-game attendance record was set during Game 4 when 81,897 fans packed Cleveland Stadium. One day later that record was broken during Game 5 courtesy of 86,288 fans.
- 42-year-old Negro Leagues star Satchel Paige appeared in Game 5 for the Indians, becoming the first black pitcher to take the mound in World Series history. In the 1947 World Series, Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Dan Bankhead appeared as a pinch-runner in the 6th inning of Game 6, eventually scoring on a Pee Wee Reese single!
- The Indians and Braves each scored 17 runs in the Series. It was the only Series in which both teams totaled the same number of runs scored.
- 1948 World Series at WorldSeries.com (MLB.com)
- 1948 World Series at Baseball-Almanac.com
- 1948 World Series box scores and play-by-play at Retrosheet.org
- Baseball's Best: 1948 World Series
- 1948 World Series: Highlight Reel and Mel Allen's Complete Call of Game 5 The Southpaw
- Luke Epplin: Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball, Flatiron Books, New York, NY, 2021. ISBN 9781250313799
- Lew Freedman: A Summer to Remember: Bill Veeck, Lou Boudreau, Bob Feller, and the 1948 Cleveland Indians, Sports Publishing LLC, New York, NY, 2014. ISBN 978-1613216477
- Bill Nowlin, ed.: Spahn, Sain and Teddy Ballgame: Boston's (almost) Perfect Baseball Summer of 1948, Rounder Books, Burlington, MA, 2008.
- John G. Robertson and Carl T. Madden: World Series ’48: The Cleveland Indians and Boston Braves in Six Games, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2023. ISBN 978-1-4766-8990-6
|Modern Major League Baseball World Series
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