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KELTNER LEADS TRIBE TO FLAG; WINS HOME RUN TITLE
Cleveland, October 2 -
The Cleveland Indians held off a mid-game rally then stormed ahead to a 7-4 pennant-clinching victory over the Detroit Tigers. Ken Keltner and pitcher Gene Bearden smacked circuit clouts that extended the lead after the Bengals closed to within a run. Cleveland took an early 5-1 lead, and appeared to be coasting to the pennant as news of the Yankees 9-6 win over Boston spread through the crowd of 56,235 at Municipal Stadium. Detroit closed to 5-4 before Keltner socked his 33rd home run of the season to take the junior circuit home run crown.

The game began with some controversy as Bengal manager Steve O'Neill called Joe Cronin and the Red Sox and Bucky Harris of the Yankees to explain his choice of Lou Kretlow to start against the Indians. O'Neill explained that original starter, Fred Hutchinson, was confined to his hotel room with a touch of the flu. O'Neill felt obligated to relay this information to Boston so there could be no charge of partiality. However after the Tribe jumped on Kretlow, it was Hutchinson who was called upon to ease the storm. The strategy appeared to work until the long balls off the bats of Keltner and Bearden that broke the Tigers' tail.


BRAVES WIN FIRST PENNANT SINCE 1914; LOSE HEATH.
Brooklyn, Sept. 29 - The Boston Braves captured their first National League pennant in thirty-four years, but at a cost that could damage their World's Series prospects when they lost the services of Jeff Heath with a fractured fibula in the left foot while sliding home in attempt to score in the sixth inning. Rex Barney and the Dodgers defeated the Braves, 4-1, but the pennant was won as the Pirates knocked off the Cardinals, 9-4. Ralph Kiner personally handed the pennant to the Braves with two home runs off the Redbirds. The twin clouts not only dashed the Redbird pennant hopes, but knocked out Stan Musial's triple crown dreams as Kiner past Musial with 37 home runs. Kiner has been on a home run tear with 9 blows since September 17 which has also elevated him within control of the RBI lead with 127.

The loss of Heath was offset by the return of second sacker Eddie Stanky in the field. Stanky had suffered the same fate as Heath with a broken ankle at Ebbets Field on July 8. It has been a rewarding season for the Braves who broke last season's home attendance record with 1,456,438 specators this season. Mayor James M. Curley of Boston might has well remarked "This is where I came in." The 73 year old chief was serving a previous term when the Braves last captured the flag back in 1914.

In other action... In other action...
  • Cleveland's Larry Doby started a triple play from the Tribe in a 7-6 loss to Philadelphia on September 20. With the runners going on the pitch, Doby snared a sinking liner off the bat of Pete Suder. Doby threw to Boudreau covering second to double off Elmer Valo, then to first baseman Wally Judnich to get Herman Franks to complete the triple play.
  • Starting with orchids for 20,000 lady fans, Bill Veeck, Cleveland's promotion-minded president, reached a season high in publicity by staging a Joe Earley Night, September 28, for a 26-year old Cleveland war veteran who had nominated himself as the Indians' typical rooter. Earley, who works nights in an automobile plant, authored the whole thing in a letter to one of the local newspapers. He pointed out the many ballplayers have nights in their honor and suggested the he, too, ought to have a night as an average fan who has enjoyed the Tribe's fortunes all season. Veeck took him up on it, and the result was a half-hour of fun in front of 60,405 fans preceding the White Sox-Indians game. Joe received a 1949 automobile and the American Cancer Society received $1,000 contribution from the club as well as an unannouced amount in contributions from fans attending the game.
  • Tiger OF John Groth, up from Buffalo of the International League, played his first full game on September 28 and made a favorable impression. Groth went 4 for 5 in his debut. Groth continued the next day with his first major league home run, and is batting .889 in two games. Other rookie 2B Johnny Bero, also up from Buffalo, made his starting debut the same night and is batting .300 in four games. Groth has taken over for Hoot Evers who leads Tiger regulars in hitting. Evers entered the Henry Ford Hospital on September 20 with lung conjestion.
  • On the final two days of the season, Athletics pitcher Carl Scheib made his first career starts in the outfield for the Mackmen. Apparently Scheib took well to the position change as he homered in his first at-bat as a regular. Rookie Earle Bruckner also homered in his first major league at-bat on October 2.
  • Outfielder Enos Slaughter suffered a broken nose when struck in the face by a line drive, September 22. Slaughter was struck by a line off the bat of Nippy Jones while running to second base in the fourth frame. After a one day stay in a Boston hospital, Slaughter returned to St. Louis.
  • A Chicago group, claiming to be well-heeled in funds, received a curt "no" when it offered to buy the Cubs and "give the town a championship team." The syndicate offer, sent to P.K. Wrigley by letter, drew a biting reply from the club owner. He told the group that if its members, claiming to be civic-minded, had a method whereby the Cubs could give Chicago a title to tell it to him. "We'll give Chicago that championship," asserted Wrigley.
  • Conceding the pennant to the Braves, Brooklyn president Branch Rickey at St. Paul, Minn. on September 18 hinted that Burt Shotton would not be back at the helm and that Brooklyn would have a new manager next season. The Brooklyn club head said he was disappointed at the slump of his team at the finish, but warned to watch out for them next year. "I have never predicted any pennants for Brooklyn since I moved there," said Rickey, " But for next season, I will go out on a limb and say that we will be in the pennant fight all year. We will have our best pitching in years."
  • Stan Musial and Johnny Sain were unanimous choices on the league's all-star team picked by the United Press. Others named were Enos Slaughter, Cardinals, Ralph Kiner, Pirates, outfielders; Johnny Mize, Giants, first base; Jackie Robinson, Dodgers, second base; Al Dark, Braves, shortstop; Sid Gordon, Giants, third base; Walker Cooper, Giants, catcher; and Harry Breechen, Cardinals, pitcher. Placedon the second team were: Tommy Holmes, Braves, Whitey Lockman, Giants, and Richie Ashburn, Phillies, outfield; Eddie Waitkus, Cubs, first base; Danny Murtaugh, Pirates, second base; Pee Wee Reese, Dodgers, shortstop; Bob Elliott, Braves, third base; Bob Scheffing, Cubs, catcher; and John Schmitz, Cubs and Larry Jansen, Giants as pitchers.

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