1948-American League

Anyone who observed the beginnning of the 1948 American League pennant race would have a hard time discerning the fact that it would be Cleveland and Boston battling down till the end.  Boston started the season slowly having an sub-.500 record on 6/1 (15-23), 10 games behind front-running Philadelphia.  When they finally hit the .500  mark at 26-26, on 6/19, they were still 7 games in back of Cleveland.  Putting together a 28-10 run, Boston finally made it to the top tying Philadelphia at 54-36 on 7/25.

Through August four teams were in contention (Philadelphia was in 4th place 4.5 behind on 8/31) and on 9/24 Boston, New York, and Cleveland were all tied for 1st at 91-56.  By the final week-end of the season, Cleveland was 1.5 games ahead of New York and Boston.  Cleveland needed to win one of their last three games to ensure a tie. Cleveland lost the 1st game to Detroit 5-3 and Boston and New York were both 1 game behind.  With  Boston sweeping two games from New York, and  Cleveland splitting with Detroit, after the last game of the regular season, Boston and Cleveland were tied for 1st place at 96-58.  For the 1st time in history the baseball world prepared for a one game playoff between the two teams.

By coin toss,  the game was played in Fenway Park.  In a controversial move, Boston manager chose journeyman Denny Galehouse to start over ace Mel Parnell.  Gene Bearden started for Cleveland.  Scoring 4 runs in the 4th inning, powered by two HRs from Lou Boudreau and one by Ken Keltner, Cleveland won 8-3.  The winning pitcher was Bearden, the loser Galehouse.

Cleveland went on to beat the Boston Braves in the World Series 4 games to 2.

References: http://baseballrace.com ;  “Fastastic Finishes-I” ( http://members.cox.net/bngolden/fantasticfinishes1.htm)

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