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By David E. Kaiser

At no time within the 1948 season did any crew lead the yank League via 4 video games. With under a month last, the Yankees, crimson Sox, Indians, and A's charged down the stretch heads aside. Cleveland finally captured the flag in a one-game playoff opposed to Boston, however it wasn't simply the pennant race that yr that was once so awesome; it used to be the season itself. In Cleveland, Lou Bourdreu skilled his maximum days as player-manager, Larry Doby took his position within the outfield, and the team's charismatic proprietor, invoice Veeck, introduced in a 42-year-old rookie named Satchel Paige, who gained six, misplaced one, did to significant League hitters what he'd been doing to their Negro League opposite numbers for many years, and completely complemented a pair of different corridor of repute hurlers, Bob Feller and Bob Lemon. In Boston, long-time Yankee supervisor Joe McCarthy went over to the enemy, and Ted Williams got here off a Triple Crown name with a season simply nearly as good. The A's, below Connie Mack, obviously folded first, however the Yankees, at the back of the heroics of an injured Joe DiMaggio and the emergence of Yogi Berra, stayed in it till the final weekend. utilizing interviews with such stars as Doby, Feller, Dom DiMaggio, and almost each newspaper and journal account of the days, Kaiser, a historian by means of occupation, replays the season in painstaking element, nearly online game by means of online game, holding in sight his higher context: a postwar video game for a postwar state. now and then, that greater photo turns his prose a bit pink, yet his topic is gigantic adequate to deflect that like an overmatched fastball. to maintain issues feeling modern, he drops the standings in each few pages, a visually dramatic impact that, like a superb cliffhanger, retains you gasping for a way all of it seems, although it grew to become out how it did 50 years in the past. --Jeff Silverman

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Veeck did not dare risk the wrath of the Cleveland fans by trading him, and the issue was closedbut only, as both men knew, for the moment. As 1947 drew to a close with the Indians in fourth place, Boudreau's contract also expired. At the World Series, Veeck opened negotiations with Bill DeWitt of the lowly, poverty-stricken St. Louis Browns. He planned to send Boudreau to the Browns in exchange for shortstop Vern Stephenswho hit with more power, and who had led the league in assists in 1947and several other players, perhaps including pitchers Jack Kramer and Ellis Kinder, infielder Walt Judnich, and center fielder Don Lehner.

Without much capital of his own, he put together a syndicate and purchased the Indians in the middle of 1946. Veeck had arrived in the majors in the midst of the greatest baseball boom in history. No one was better positioned or better able to take advantage of it. Taking over the team in June 1946, Veeck immediately persuaded Page 10 Bob Feller to make a run at the strikeout record. In 1947, he managed to improve the team from 68-86 to 80-74. In June of that year, he broke the American League color line by signing twenty-three-year-old, left-handed-hitting Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League.

What killed the 1947 Red Sox was their offense, which fell from 323 runs 5. The prevailing winds became much less of a factor after the team built roof boxes in the early 1980s, costing Jim Rice an excellent chance of at least 500 home runs. Page 16 scored on the road in 1946 to just 299sixth in an eight-team leaguein 1947. Their pitching and defense had fallen from great to good; their hitting, from good to bad. On the eve of the 1948 season, the Red Sox had some major holes to fill. 276 with 86 walks and driving in 119 runs.

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