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Lou Boudreau from the Chronology
May 4, 1960 - The Cubs make a trade-with WGN-plucking Lou Boudreau out of the broadcast booth to replace Charlie Grimm (6-11) as manager Jolly Cholly takes Lou's chair behind the mike. The Cubs win 5-1 over the Pirates as Dick Ellsworth gains his first ML victory.
Jun 5, 1956 - A's manager Lou Boudreau comes up with the "Mantle Shift" -moving the infielders around when Mantle bats lefty with the bases empty (left fielder plays deeps 3B SS takes over 2B position and 2B moves to short RF). Mantle K's twice trying to bunt and hits a 2-run homer when the shift is not on as KC wins 7-4.
Sep 17, 1952 - In front of a home crowd of 1.250 the Browns collect 16 hits including a 3-run homer by Bob Nieman in routing the Red Sox 10-4. Sox manager Lou Boudreau starts George Schmees on the mound and the outfielder allows 2 runs and 4 hits in 2 innings in his major league mound debut. Ike Delock who relieves in the 3rd with the score 2-2 takes the loss.
Jul 17, 1951 - Bob Feller overcomes a 4-run ninth inning to beat the Red Sox, and move Cleveland a game and a half behind Boston. In the final inning, Feller surrenders a roundtripper to Lou Boudreau and a pinch homer to Charlie Maxwell, his first major league homerun.
Nov 10, 1950 - After 9 years at the helm the Indians fire their manager Lou Boudreau amid the howls of fan protest. Although Boudreau's overall winning percentage is a moderate .529 he won 92 games in a 4th-place finish his best showing since 97 in the championship year of l948. Al Lopez who has piloted Minneapolis (AA) since l948 takes over with a 2-year contract.
Jan 25, 1949 - Lou Boudreau is rewarded for the Indians' championship with a 2-year $65000 annual contract as player-manager.
Nov 30, 1948 - Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected the AL MVP. Boudreau had almost been traded to the Browns earlier in the year‚ but protests by fans kept Lou in Cleveland. After the WS win‚ owner Bill Veeck commented‚ "Sometimes the best trades are the ones you never make." According to historian Pete Palmer‚ this year Boudreau became the last AL player in the 20th C to hit over .400 on the road. Coincidentally‚ Stan Musial matched that feat in the NL this year.
Oct 4, 1948 - In a one-game playoff for the AL pennant at Fenway Park the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 behind rookie knuckleballer Gene Bearden who wins his 20th game. Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy ignores the well-rested rotation pitchers Ellis Kinder and Mel Parnell to go with journeyman Denny Galehouse (8-7). With the score 1-1 in the 4th Ken Keltner hits a 3-run HR over the LF fence. Player-manager Lou Boudreau gets 4 hits including a pair of homers and finishes the year with just 9 strikeouts the lowest number since 1922.
Aug 8, 1948 - In Cleveland 73484 fans watch the Indians and Yankees square off for 2 games. Trailing in the opener an ailing Lou Boudreau hits a bases loaded pinch single in the 7th to tie the game and Satchel Paige wins it in relief 8-6. Steve Gromek goes 7 innings in the nitecap to give the Indians a 2-1 win over rookie Bob Porterfield making his ML debut. The Indians and the A's are now tied for 1st (60-39) with the Yankees 2 games back and Red Sox in 4th place 2 1/2 out.
Jun 11, 1948 - The Indians hold on to beat the Yankees 10-8 as reliever Bob Feller fans Sherm Lollar with the bases full to end the game. DiMaggio had led off the 9th with a homer. Game highlites include Yogi Berra getting tossed by Cal Hubbard and young Bobby Brown being replaced at 2B in the 8th by George Stirnweiss a move that will remain permanent for the season. Lou Boudreau ends a Tribe rally in the 7th by striking out-his first K in 42 games. The game-interrupted by rain and a fans' missile barrage-ends at 12:20 a.m.
Jun 8, 1948 - In a game that Ted Williams later recalls as one of the most important of the year the visiting Indians trip the Red Sox 2-0 behind Gene Bearden's 6th win. Lou Boudreau's controversial 2-run homer in the 4th inning off Mel Parnell is all the scoring. The seemingly foul ball drops into the RF corner stands and is called fair by 1st-base umpire Charley Berry. The Sox are now 11 games behind.
May 31, 1948 - The Indians drub the Browns 8-3 then lose 6-0 to stay in 2nd place behind the A's. In the opener Lou Boudreau hits a grand slam and Jim Hegan homers in the 5-run 6th inning. Gene Bearden is the winner. In the nitecap Cliff Fannin allows just 4 hits to win.
Apr 26, 1948 - The White Sox take an 11-9 lead over the Indians after 5 innings but the Tribe comes back to win 12-11 in 14 innings. Cleveland scores 2 in the 9th to tie. Lou Boudreau paces a 22-hit attack with 5 safeties including a pair of doubles and a pair of triples. Christopher is the winner with 5 innings of shutout relief.
Nov 27, 1947 - Setting off a storm of controversy‚ Joe DiMaggio is named American League MVP by a single point over Ted Williams. Williams‚ the Triple Crown winner‚ receives 201 points‚ but is completely left off the ballot of one sportswriter. Williams‚ in his 1959 autobiography‚ accuses Mel Webb of being the villain: the Boston writer and Williams had feuded over the years. But another Boston writer‚ Harold Kaese‚ says that the 71-year-old Webb did not have a vote in 1947‚ and the culprit was a disgruntled midwest writer. A 10th-place vote would have given Williams the needed 2 points. DiMaggio receives 8 first place votes‚ Williams 3‚ Lou Boudreau‚ 1‚ Joe Page 7‚ George McQuinn 3 and Eddie Joost‚ who hit .206 with 110 strikeouts‚ receives 2. Williams is selected The Sporting News Player of the Year.
Jun 5, 1947 - The Senators Early Wynn hurls a 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Sherry Robertson and Al Evans club homers to decide the issue. Cleveland also loses Lou Boudreau who tears some muscles in his lower back and will be idle a few days.
Mar 26, 1947 - Cleveland manager Lou Boudreau orders Johnny Price off the train at San Diego after Price lets loose two five-foot long snakes on the train from Los Angeles. A coach full of women returning from the American Bowling Congress are extremely upset by the prank. When Tribe owner Bill Veeck says that "either the snakes go or Price goes" the 35-year-old infielder's days are numbered.
Jul 14, 1946 - Player-manager Lou Boudreau of Cleveland hits 4 doubles and one HR but Ted Williams wallops 3 HRs and drives in 8 runs as the Boston Red Sox top the Indians 11-10. Boudreau's 5 extra base hits is a since-tied ML record (20th century) but he is the first American Leaguer to hit 5 in a game. The Kid's homers include a grand slam with the Tribe ahead 5-0 a 3 run homer and a game-tying solo shot in the 8th. In the Sox 2nd-game win the famous Boudreau Shift is born. Boudreau shifts all his players except the 3B and LF to the right side of the diamond in an effort to stop Williams. Ted grounds out and walks twice while ignoring the shift and the Red Sox win 6-4.
Apr 17, 1945 - At Cleveland Thornton Lee is the winning pitcher in the White Sox 5-2 victory over the Indians. Tony Cuccinello helps with a successful hidden ball trick in the 6th on Lou Boudreau at 3B. For Cooch it is at least his 4th successful use of the ploy the first coming in 1929. As historian Bill Deane notes this is the first time the trick has worked on Opening Day.
Aug 21, 1943 - At Cleveland Charley Keller and Bill Dickey hit homers to pace the Yankees to a 8-3 win over the Indians. For Dickey it is his 200th homer. Jeff Heath had a two run homer his 4th of the series against New York. Hank Borowy is the winner and stops Lou Boudreau's 14-game hit streak. Nick Etten has three hits and an RBI and is now tied with Rudy York for the RBI lead with 84.
Jul 6, 1942 - First-inning HRs by Lou Boudreau and Rudy York off Mort Cooper lead the AL to a 3-1 triumph over the NL in the All-Star Game at the Polo Grounds. Mickey Owen's pinch HR is the NL's only score: he does not hit a single HR during the regular schedule. Johnny Vander Meer pitches 3 shutout innings for the NL striking out 4. The game scheduled to start at 6:30 P.M. and end promptly at 9:10 is delayed a half hour because of showers. The curfew is reset to 9:30 just minutes after the game ends and the post-game press interviews are conducted in darkness.
Apr 15, 1942 - Behind the 7-hit pitching of Dizzy Trout the Tigers topple the Indians 6-2. Rudy York has a round tripper to help blast rookie Ray Poat from the mound in the 4th. Poat a college chum of Lou Boudreau's at Illinois is making his first start for the Tribe.
Apr 2, 1942 - The Sporting News raises its price to 15 cents a copy $7 per year. For the first time in nearly 70 years there will be no Spalding or Reach guides. The Sporting News takes over the role. Its first edition has some improvements but also some flaws: Additional AL pitching records are missing and so is Lou Boudreau's entire batting record.
Nov 25, 1941 - Lou Boudreau is named player-manager of the Cleveland Indians. Boudreau at 24 years 4 months and 8 days is the youngest manager appointed this century. Scotland-born Jim McCormick managed Cleveland in 1879 at the age of 23.