1948 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
Cleveland Indians (4) Lou Boudreau (player/manager) 97–58, .626, GA: 1
Boston Braves (2) Billy Southworth 91–62, .595, GA: 6½
Dates: October 6October 11
Television: NBC, CBS, ABC, DuMont
TV announcers: Red Barber, Van Patrick
Radio network: Mutual
Radio announcers: Mel Allen, Jim Britt
Umpires: George Barr (NL), Bill Summers (AL), Bill Stewart (NL), Bill Grieve (AL), Babe Pinelli (NL: outfield only), Joe Paparella (AL: outfield only)
Future Hall of Famers: Indians: Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Joe Gordon, Bob Lemon, Satchel Paige.
Braves: Billy Southworth (mgr.), Warren Spahn.
World Series
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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 (as well as their last to the present date).

It was the first World Series to be televised on a nationwide network and was announced by famed sportcasters Red Barber and Van Patrick.[1]

Both teams would meet again in the 1995 World Series - by that time, the Braves had moved to Atlanta.


AL Cleveland Indians (4) vs. NL Boston Braves (2)

1Cleveland Indians – 0, Boston Braves – 1October 6Braves Field40,135[2]
2Cleveland Indians – 4, Boston Braves – 1October 7Braves Field39,633[3]
3Boston Braves – 0, Cleveland Indians – 2October 8Cleveland Stadium70,306[4]
4Boston Braves – 1, Cleveland Indians – 2October 9Cleveland Stadium81,897[5]
5Boston Braves – 11, Cleveland Indians – 5October 10Cleveland Stadium86,288[6]
6Cleveland Indians – 4, Boston Braves – 3October 11Braves Field40,103[7]


Game 1Edit

Wednesday, October 6, 1948 at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789RHE
Cleveland 000000000 0 40
Boston 00000001X 1 22
WP: Johnny Sain (1–0)  LP: Bob Feller (0–1)  

Game 2Edit

Thursday, October 7, 1948 at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789RHE
Cleveland 000210001 4 81
Boston 100000000 1 83
WP: Bob Lemon (1–0)  LP: Warren Spahn (0–1)  

The second game also made television history when a live broadcast of the Indians–Braves matchup was shown aboard the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Marylander passenger train travelling between Washington, D.C. and New York City, using a receiver operated by Bendix Corporation technicians.[8] An Associated Press reporter observing the demonstration said, "Technically, it was surprisingly good."[8]

Game 3Edit

Friday, October 8, 1948 at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
Boston 000000000 0 51
Cleveland 00110000X 2 50
WP: Gene Bearden (1–0)  LP: Vern Bickford (0–1)  

Game 4Edit

Saturday, October 9, 1948 at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
Boston 000000100 1 70
Cleveland 10100000X 2 50
WP: Steve Gromek (1–0)  LP: Johnny Sain (1–1)  
HRs:  BOS – Marv Rickert (1)  CLE – Larry Doby (1)

A new World Series single-game attendance record was set with 81,897 fans.

Game 5Edit

Sunday, October 10, 1948 at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
Boston 301001600 11 120
Cleveland 100400000 5 62
WP: Warren Spahn (1–1)  LP: Bob Feller (0–2)  
HRs:  BOS – Bob Elliott 2 (2), Bill Salkeld (1)  CLE – Dale Mitchell (1), Jim Hegan (1)

Satchel Paige appeared for the Indians, becoming the first black pitcher to take the mound in World Series history.

The previous night's single-game attendance record was broken with 86,288 fans.

Game 6Edit

Monday, October 11, 1948 at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789RHE
Cleveland 001002010 4 100
Boston 000100020 3 90
WP: Bob Lemon (2–0)  LP: Bill Voiselle (0–1)  SV: Gene Bearden (1)  
HRs:  CLE – Joe Gordon (1)

Composite boxEdit

1948 World Series (4–2): Cleveland Indians (A.L.) over Boston Braves (N.L.)

Team 123456789RHE
Cleveland Indians 203712011 17 383
Boston Braves 401101730 17 436

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Total attendance: 358,362   Average attendance: 59,727</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Winning player’s share: $6,772   Losing player’s share: $4,571[9]</td></tr>



  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 219–224)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2156. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1948 World Series. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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