By David E. Kaiser
At no time within the 1948 season did any group lead the yank League by means of 4 video games. With below a month final, the Yankees, crimson Sox, Indians, and A's charged down the stretch heads aside. Cleveland ultimately captured the flag in a one-game playoff opposed to Boston, however it wasn't simply the pennant race that 12 months that used to be so outstanding; it was once 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 received 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 reputation 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 identify with a season simply nearly as good. The A's, lower than Connie Mack, evidently 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 nearly each newspaper and journal account of the days, Kaiser, a historian via occupation, replays the season in painstaking element, nearly video game by way of online game, maintaining in sight his greater context: a postwar video game for a postwar country. now and then, that larger photograph 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 impression that, like an exceptional cliffhanger, retains you gasping for the way all of it seems, although it became out how it did 50 years in the past. --Jeff Silverman
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Extra resources for Epic season: the 1948 American League pennant race
406 average in 1941 established him as an all-time great. Yet from his second year onward, the intense, easily offended, often outspoken kid from San Diego frequently found himself in hot water with the press. After Fenway Park fans booed him for some shaky fielding, he refused, beginning in 1940, to acknowledge their cheers by tipping his cap. In the same year, Williams, whose uncle enjoyed a relaxed and easygoing life as a fireman near New York City, announced in a moment of frustration that he would rather be a fireman than a ballplayer.
He isn't a rookie,'' he quipped to a reporter. " But privately, as he admitted twenty years later in his autobiography, My Turn at Bat, he worried that his career in Boston was over. Williams, like his tormentors in 1. Boston Daily Record, October 2, 1947. Page 9 the press box, anxiously awaited the aftermath of the World Series to find out exactly what moves McCarthy had in mind. A few days later, another major story broke in another American League city. Halfway through the series, the Cleveland papers, in page one headlines, announced that owner Bill Veeck was planning to trade the team's All-Star shortstop and manager, Lou Boudreau, to St.
For the whole of his career as an owner, Veeck combined promotional gimmicks with a fierce desire to win. Veeck had run the Brewers as an independent minor league operator. Farm systems did not as yet control every minor league club, and independent outfits signed players themselves and made much of their income by selling them to the majors. Veeck, like the late commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, understood that the health of baseball around the country depended upon such a systemwhich gave fans in medium-size cities and smaller towns independent teams of their own to root forand Veeck fought a lonely, losing battle to keep it alive during the early 1950s.