Cleveland Indians: Top 5 greatest moments in Cleveland Indians history

Cleveland Indians players congratulate each other (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, 1948 World Series
An aerial photo above Boston shows game one of the 1948 World Series (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images) /

2. Cleveland Indians win 1948 World Series

Championships will always be the greatest moments in any organization’s history. For the Cleveland Indians, the 1948 World Series is unfortunately the most recent that will be paired with the club, but at the time it was the team’s second in less than 30 years. That’s still quite the margin of time, but it’s better than the current 73-year drought.

The 1948 Cleveland squad was highlighted by some of the club’s all-time greats. Names like Larry Doby, Lou Boudreau, Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Al Rosen and Satchel Paige guided the club to a six-game series win over the Boston Braves.

Boston took the first game in a low-scoring 1-0 final, but Cleveland was able to rally back in game two with a 4-1 win to even the series. The Tribe took games three and four by scores of 2-0 and 2-1, respectively, to take a 3-1 series lead. Boston used an 11-5 final in game five against a 29-year old Bob Feller to extend the series, but Bob Lemon picked up his second win of the series in game six to aid Cleveland’s 4-3 win to capture the title.

While the championship was obviously celebrated, it’s now paired with the beginning of the painful drought that has hovered over Cleveland baseball for more than seven decades. Regardless, it’s still one of the greatest moments in the history of the Cleveland Indians.