» May 20, 1948:
In a 134 Cleveland win, the Indians collect 18 bases on balls against the Red Sox to tie the American League record. Handing out the free passes are two Mickeys -- Mickey Harris and Mickey McDermott (11 in six 2/3 IP). Bob Lemon, Jim Hegan, and Ken Keltner all collect RBIs without the benefit of a hit.
» May 27, 1948:
Bob Lemon keeps the Indians a game in back of the A's by stopping the White Sox, 40, on four hits. Lemon, who shut out Washington four days ago, has not been scored on in 23 innings.
» June 30, 1948:
In his first full season as a pitcher, Bob Lemon of the Cleveland Indians pitches a no-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in front of 49,628 at Briggs Stadium. Lemon has only two scares: Dale Mitchell makes a miraculous catch of a George Kell drive in the fourth and Ken Keltner makes a great stop behind 3B in the fifth.
» August 1, 1948: At Cleveland, the Tribe sweep a pair from the Red Sox, 122 and 61, to move into 2nd place in the American League. Bob Lemon coasts to his 14th win in the opener, beating Ellis Kinder. Larry Doby drives in four runs. Cleveland RF Edwards dislocates his shoulder crashing into the fence making a spectacular catch of Spence's home run bid. Sam Zoldak wins the nitecap. The Sox drop from 1st to 4th place with the double loss: Cleveland, New York and Boston are each a game back of the A's.
» August 20, 1948: The Indians draw record 78,382 for the largest crowd to attend a night game. The Indians go on to beat the Chicago White Sox, 10, at Memorial Stadium as Satchel Paige blanks the opposition on three hits for the 4th consecutive shutout by Cleveland hurlers. Bill Wight is the hard-luck loser. Besides Paige, Gene Bearden, Sam Zoldak, and Bob Lemon fired shutouts.
» August 21, 1948: After shutting out the White Sox for eight innings, Bob Lemon weakens and Chicago scores three runs to beat the Indians 32. Pat Seerey walks and Aaron Robinson and Dave Philley hit homers for Chicago. The runs break the 47-inning scoreless streak by Indians pitchers that started with the last three innings of the first game on August 15. The 1903 Cleveland team had had a run of 41 scoreless innings and Baltimore will extend the record in 1974 to 54 innings.
» August 25, 1948: At Boston, it is Cleveland's turn to take over first place as they roll 90 behind Bob Lemon. It is Lemon's 8th shutout of the year.
» 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.
» June 23, 1950:
Luke Easter has his 2nd consecutive 2-home run day to lead the Indians to a 134 trouncing of the Senators. Easter had two yesterday in a win over New York. Al Rosen adds a single, double, and triple to back Bob Lemon's pitching.
» August 2, 1950: Larry Doby hits three HRs in a game as Cleveland beats Washington 110. Besides tossing the shutout, Indians hurler Bob Lemon hits a HR. Lemon has now won nine in a row.
» August 28, 1950: At Fenway the Red Sox come back from 100 and 121 deficits to beat the Indians 1514. Bob Feller is the loser, this time in his only relief appearance of the season, coming in for starter Bob Lemon, the ALs winningest pitcher. Dom DiMaggio's two triples and a single pace the offense. It is the second day in a row the Tribe has blown a big lead, losing a seven run yesterday.
» September 20, 1950: The Red Sox pennant hopes are jolted the Indians who take a doubleheader sweep, 63 and 71. The losses drop the Yawkeymen out of a second place with Detroit. Bob Lemon wins his 21st in the opener, and Early Wynn cops his 17th in game 2. Easter and Gordon homer to give the Tribe a club-record 156. Goodman, hitting .357, is 2-for-8 to go over 400 at bats and qualify for the hitting title. He is leading George Kell by 14 points.
» September 24, 1950: Mental lapses crush Tiger hopes. Due to heavy smoke from a Canadian forest fire, Detroit puts on the lights in a Sunday afternoon contest with the Indians. Cleveland's only score in nine innings is pitcher Bob Lemon's HR in the fourth, as the match is tied 11 on Johnny Lipon's HR. Lemon opens the 10th with a triple, and two intentional walks follow. With the bases loaded and one out, C Aaron Robinson thinks he has a shot at a DP by just stepping on home. Because of the haze, he did not see 1B Don Kolloway remove the force after fielding the ball hit by slugger Luke Easter, and the Indians win 21.
» September 29, 1950: The idle Yankees clinch their second consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel, as Clevelands Bob Lemon sets down Detroit 122 for his 23rd win.
» May 29, 1951:
Indians hurler Bob Lemon one-hits the Tigers 21. The only Bengal hit is Vic Wertz's home run.
» September 17, 1951:
The Yanks break a 11 tie in the bottom of the 9th when, with the bases loaded, Rizzuto squeezes home DiMaggio with the winning run. The score, off Cleveland's Bob Lemon, gives Eddie Lopat his 20th win of the year. The Yanks now lead Cleveland by a game and Boston by two 1/2 games.
» April 14, 1953:
Bob Lemon of the Indians one-hits the White
Sox 6-0. Minnie Minoso's single in the first
is the only safety for Chicago.
» May 5, 1953:
In Cleveland, the Yanks send 13 batter to the plate in the 4th and score eight to roll to an 111 win over Bob Lemon. Winner Whitey Ford scores two runs and is lifted in the 8th after Wally Westlake spoils his shutout with a homer. The loss drops the Indians a half game behind the leading Yanks.
» May 25, 1954:
Billy Pierce and Virgil Trucks combine to give the White Sox a 42 win over the Indians, and stop Cleveland's 11-game win streak. Bob Lemon takes the loss. Cleveland's Al Smith steals a base off Sherman Lollar, the last base runner to swipe one this year. The Sox catcher will throw out the next 18 base runners who try.
» September 3, 1954: The Yankees snap Bob Lemon's 11-game win streak to
beat the Indians 3-2 and move to 312
games from first place. Mantle's gigantic blast
into the RF upper deck in the 6th started the Yankee
» September 29, 1954: In Game 1 of the WS, Willie Mays of the Giants makes
one of the greatest catches in history when he races
back to deep CF in the Polo Grounds to make an over-the-head
catch of Indian Vic Wertz's 462-foot drive in the
8th with the score tied at 2-2. Wertz drove in
the 2 runs in the first with a triple. In the
10th, Dusty Rhodes hits a pinch-hit, 3-run, 260-foot
HR off Bob Lemon to give the Giants a 5-2 victory.
» October 2, 1954:
In game 4 the Giants sweep the AL team with the best
record in history, as they score 4 runs in the 5th
to take a 7-0 lead. The final is 74
as Don Liddle defeats Bob Lemon.
» May 10, 1956: At Yankee Stadium, Bob Lemon gives Cleveland a 72 win over the Yankees. Mickey Mantle has a solo homer in the 6th for New York. For Mantle, it is his 20th homer of May, a new record. The slugger adds a double and two singles and is hitting .425 with 50 RBIs.
» May 14, 1956: Bob Lemon tops the Yankees for the 2nd time in four days to give the Indians a 32 win at Cleveland. New York's only score comes in 4th when Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle hit back-to-back homers.
» September 19, 1956:
In a rain-shortened 6 inning game, Bob Lemon of the
Indians wins 6-0 for his 20th victory of the
» May 7, 1957: Gil McDougald of the Yankees hits a wicked line-drive that strikes Cleveland's Herb Score in the right eye. Score, with a broken nose and lacerations, is carried off the field on a stretcher. Bob Lemon relieves and wins the game, 21. Score will return the following year but his pitching will not be the same.
» May 19, 1957: At Yankee Stadium, New York knocks out Bob Lemon and tops Cleveland 63. Mickey Mantle hits a homer in the 6th inning rally, his 6th off the future Hall of Famer.
» December 26, 1964: Bob Lemon is named manager of the Seattle Angels of the Pacific Coast League.
» January 22, 1976: Pitchers Robin Roberts and Bob Lemon are voted into the Hall of Fame.
» June 30, 1978:
Larry Doby becomes the 2nd black ML manager, replacing Bob Lemon as skipper of the White Sox. Chicago has a 34-40 record at the time, and would go 37-50 the rest of the way.
» July 23, 1978: Reggie Jackson returns to the team and the Yankees win their 5th straight, 31, over the White Sox. The next day, Martin will resign under pressure, giving way to Bob Lemon. At the Chicago airport, Martin, reacting to reporters' questions about Jackson and George Steinbrenner, replies, " The two deserve each other. One's a born liar; the other's convicted." The remarks will cost Billy his job.
» October 2, 1978: The Yankees and Red Sox, tied for first at the end of the regular season, play a dramatic one-game playoff at Fenway for the American League East title. New York prevails 54 behind Bucky Dent's 3-run home run off Mike Torrez and Guidry's 25th win against just three losses. Guidry's .893 percentage is a major-league record for a 20-game winner. Goose Gossage saves the game, getting Yaz to pop out with two on and two out in the 9th. Manager Bob Lemon, who took over for Billy Martin, becomes the 1st manager to win a title after starting the season with another club.
» June 19, 1979: In New York 36,211 fans show up to witness the return of Billy Martin as Yankee manager, but the Yanks lose to the Blue Jays 54. Martin had been named to replace Bob Lemon (34-31) the previous day, and begins his 2nd stint as New York's skipper, a season earlier than previously announced.
» September 6, 1981: Despite having won the first-half pennant, Yankee manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who managed the club in 1978-79. The Yankees are only two games above .500 in the 2nd half of the season.
» December 9, 1981: One day after announcing that manager Bob Lemon will return in 1982, the Yankees announce that former manager Gene Michael, whom Lemon replaced on September 6th, will return as manager for the 1983 season. They won't wait that long.
» April 25, 1982: Just 14 games into the season, George Steinbrenner fires manager Bob Lemon and replaces him with Gene Michael, the man Lemon had replaced last September.
» June 20, 1998: The Indians retire Bob Lemon's uniform number prior to the team's 53 loss to the Yankees.