1948 World Series
|Television:||NBC, CBS, ABC, DuMont|
|TV announcers:||Red Barber, Tom Hussey (Games 1–2, 6) and Van Patrick (Games 3–5)|
|Radio announcers:||Mel Allen and 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)|
|Hall of Famers:||Indians: Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Joe Gordon, Bob Lemon, Satchel Paige
Braves: Billy Southworth (mgr.), Warren Spahn
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, while the Indians had spoiled a chance for the only all-Boston World Series by winning a one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox for the American League flag. 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, Tom Hussey (in Boston) and Van Patrick (in Cleveland). This was the second appearance in the Fall Classic for both teams, with the Indians' lone previous appearance coming in a 1920 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Braves' lone previous appearance coming in a 1914 win against the Philadelphia Athletics. Consequently, this was the first, and to date only, World Series in which both participating teams had previously played in, but not yet lost, a previous World Series. Currently, this phenomenon can only be repeated if either the Miami Marlins or the Arizona Diamondbacks play against either the Toronto Blue Jays or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a future World Series.
Television coverage of the World Series increased this year, but due to the medium still being in its infancy coverage was strictly regional. Games played in Boston could only be seen in the Northeast, while when the series shifted to Cleveland those games were the first to be aired in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Detroit and Toledo.
This was the only World Series from 1947 to 1958 not to feature a New York team, and also the last World Series until 1957 not won by a New York team (which the Braves won over the Yankees, after they had relocated to Milwaukee). The teams would meet again in the 1995 World Series won by the Braves—by then relocated to Atlanta.
|1||October 6||Cleveland Indians – 0, Boston Braves – 1||Braves Field||1:42||40,135|
|2||October 7||Cleveland Indians – 4, Boston Braves – 1||Braves Field||2:14||39,633|
|3||October 8||Boston Braves – 0, Cleveland Indians – 2||Cleveland Stadium||1:36||70,306|
|4||October 9||Boston Braves – 1, Cleveland Indians – 2||Cleveland Stadium||1:31||81,897|
|5||October 10||Boston Braves – 11, Cleveland Indians – 5||Cleveland Stadium||2:39||86,288|
|6||October 11||Cleveland Indians – 4, Boston Braves – 3||Braves Field||2:16||40,103|
|WP: Johnny Sain (1–0) LP: Bob Feller (0–1)|
Braves pitcher Johnny Sain and Indians pitcher Bob Feller were engaged in a scoreless pitchers' duel when the Braves came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. Feller walked Braves catcher Bill Salkeld to open the inning. Braves manager, Billy Southworth then replaced the slow-footed Salkeld with Phil Masi, who entered the game as a pinch runner. Mike McCormick followed with a sacrifice bunt, advancing Masi to second base. Feller issued an intentional walk to Eddie Stanky, who was replaced by Sibby Sisti. Feller then tried to pick off Masi at second base. Indians' shortstop Lou Boudreau appeared to tag Masi out, but umpire Bill Stewart called him safe. Tommy Holmes proceeded to hit a single that allowed Masi to score the only run of the game, giving the Braves a 1–0 victory.
The umpire's controversial ruling touched off heated debates among the media and fans, especially after Associated Press photographs of the play were published. Although Feller allowed only two hits, he took the loss in what would be the closest he ever came to winning a World Series game. Upon his death in 1990, Masi's will revealed that he really was out on the pick-off play.
|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. An Associated Press reporter observing the demonstration said, "Technically, it was surprisingly good."
|WP: Gene Bearden (1–0) LP: Vern Bickford (0–1)|
For the third straight game, no home runs were hit by either team. This would not happen again in a World Series until 2014.
|WP: Steve Gromek (1–0) LP: Johnny Sain (1–1)
BOS: Marv Rickert (1)
CLE: Larry Doby (1)
|WP: Warren Spahn (1–1) LP: Bob Feller (0–2)
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 day's single-game attendance record was broken with 86,288 fans.
|WP: Bob Lemon (2–0) LP: Bill Voiselle (0–1) Sv: Gene Bearden (1)
CLE: Joe Gordon (1)
|Total attendance: 358,362 Average attendance: 59,727
Winning player's share: $6,772 Losing player's share: $4,571
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- Baseball's Best: 1948 World Series
- Audio: Game 5 radio broadcast, part 1
- Audio: Game 5 radio broadcast, part 2
- Audio: Game 5 radio broadcast, part 3
- Audio: Game 5 radio broadcast, part 4