» April 27, 1940:
Rookie SS Lou Boudreau's first ML HR leads
off the game against Detroit's Hal Newhouser. He adds
another against Prince Hal, as Cleveland wins 4-2.
» December 21, 1940: Chicago writers name Indian SS Lou Boudreau as the outstanding rookie in the ML. He'll be honored at the January banquet.
» November 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.
» April 5, 1942:
The season will start with Lou Boudreau of Cleveland,
Mel Ott of the Giants, and Hans Lobert of the Phillies
as new managers.
» April 15, 1942:
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.
» July 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 also homers for the third run. He does not hit a single HR during the regular schedule.
» August 14, 1945: Cleveland's Lou Boudreau suffers a broken right ankle in a collision at 2B with Dolf Camilli, but the Tribe beats the Red Sox, 3–0 behind Jim Bagby's 3-hitter.
» July 14, 1946:
Player-manager Lou Boudreau of Cleveland hits four doubles and one HR, but Ted Williams wallops three HRs and drives in eight runs, as the Boston Red Sox top the Indians 11-10. In the Sox second-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.
» March 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.
» 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 four hits to win.
» August 8, 1948: In Cleveland, 73,484 fans watch the Indians and Yankees square off for two 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 seven 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 two games back and Red Sox in 4th place, two 1/2 out.
» October 3, 1948:
Joe Sewell so dominated the low-strikeout records
that part of the heroics of Lou Boudreau in this season
is often missed. Boudreau finishes the year with
only 9 strikeouts, the best record by a RH batter
in the AL since Stuffy McInnis fanned just 5 times
in 142 games in 1922.
» October 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. Player-manager Lou Boudreau
gets 4 hits, including 2 HRs. Red Sox manager Joe
McCarthy ignores his rotation pitchers 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
» October 7, 1948:
Cleveland ties the Series on Bob Lemon's 4-1
win. Two runs score in the 4th on hits by Lou Boudreau,
Joe Gordon, and Larry Doby.
» November 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."
» January 25, 1949: Lou Boudreau is rewarded for the Indians' championship with a 2-year, $65,000 annual contract as player-manager.
» November 10, 1950: After nine 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 1948. Al Lopez, who has piloted Minneapolis (AA) since 1948, takes over with a 2-year contract.
» November 27, 1950: The Red Sox sign former Cleveland SS great Lou Boudreau as a player to a 2-year contract worth an estimated $150,000.
» November 18, 1954: The Athletics give manager Eddie Joost his unconditional release and hire Lou Boudreau to replace him.
» 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.
» January 20, 1970: Lou Boudreau achieves the Hall of Fame, receiving 232 of a possible 300 votes in the BBWAA election. Ralph Kiner finishes 2nd with 167, 58 votes short.
» July 27, 1970:
The Expos beat the White Sox 10–6 in the annual Hall of Fame game, following the induction ceremonies for Lou Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines.