On July 9, 1948, At Cleveland Stadium,  Satchel Paige makes his major league debut for the Cleveland Indians. Paige relieves Bob Lemon in the fifth inning, becoming the first black pitcher in American League history. Paige pitches 2 innings and gives up 2 hits and no runs in Cleveland’s 5-3 loss to St. Louis. After giving up a leadoff single Paige got out of the 5th inning retiring the next 3 batters and Whitey Platt was his first strikeout.

Game Ticket 

 

St. Louis Browns 5, Cleveland Indians 3

Game Played on Friday, July 9, 1948 at Cleveland Stadium

Time of Game: 2:22

Attendance: 34,780

Line Score:
STL A 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 – 5 9 0
CLE A 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 – 3 12 1

Umpires: HP – Bill McGowan, 1B – Cal Hubbard, 3B – Joe Paparella

Starting Lineups

Browns
1 Bob Dillinger 3B
2 Chuck Stevens 1B
3 Jerry Priddy 2B
4 Whitey Platt LF
5 Al Zarilla CF
6 Dick Kokos RF
7 Roy Partee C
8 Eddie Pellagrini SS
9 Fred Sanford P

Indians
1 Dale Mitchell LF
2 Johnny Berardino 1B
3 Hank Edwards RF
4 Lou Boudreau SS
5 Joe Gordon 2B
6 Ken Keltner 3B
7 Wally Judnich CF
8 Jim Hegan C
9 Bob Lemon P

Box Score

Play by Play

BROWNS 1ST: Dillinger flied out to center; Stevens singled to
right; Priddy singled to center [Stevens to second]; Platt
walked [Stevens to third, Priddy to second]; Zarilla forced
Stevens (pitcher to catcher) [Platt to second, Priddy to third];
Kokos walked [Priddy scored, Platt to third, Zarilla to second];
Partee singled to right [Kokos to third, Zarilla scored, Platt
scored]; Pellagrini made an out to second; 3 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.
Browns 3, Indians 0.

INDIANS 1ST: Mitchell singled to left; Berardino popped to third
in foul territory; Edwards grounded out (second to first)
[Mitchell to second]; Boudreau singled to right [Mitchell
scored]; Gordon singled to center [Boudreau to second]; Keltner
forced Gordon (shortstop to second); 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.
Browns 3, Indians 1.

BROWNS 2ND: Sanford homered; Dillinger grounded out (pitcher to
first); Stevens struck out; Priddy lined to first; 1 R, 1 H, 0
E, 0 LOB. Browns 4, Indians 1.

INDIANS 2ND: Judnich singled to right; Hegan doubled to center
[Judnich to third]; Lemon reached on a fielder’s choice [Judnich
out at home (pitcher to third)]; Mitchell forced Lemon
(shortstop to second) [Hegan to third]; Berardino flied out to
center; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Browns 4, Indians 1.

BROWNS 3RD: Platt singled to right; Zarilla flied out to center;
Kokos popped to first in foul territory; Partee forced Platt
(third to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Browns 4, Indians 1.

INDIANS 3RD: Edwards singled to center; Boudreau flied out to
left; Gordon singled to pitcher [Edwards to second]; Keltner
grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first)
[Gordon out at second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Browns 4, Indians
1.

BROWNS 4TH: Pellagrini was called out on strikes; Sanford flied
out to right; Dillinger flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB. Browns 4, Indians 1.

INDIANS 4TH: Judnich tripled to center; Hegan made an out to
shortstop; PECK BATTED FOR LEMON; Peck walked; Mitchell flied
out to left; Berardino grounded out (pitcher to shortstop to
first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Browns 4, Indians 1.

BROWNS 5TH: PAIGE REPLACED PECK (PITCHING); Stevens singled to
left; Priddy out on a sacrifice bunt (first to second) [Stevens
to second]; Platt struck out; Zarilla flied out to right; 0 R, 1
H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Browns 4, Indians 1.

INDIANS 5TH: Edwards lined to left; Boudreau grounded out
(second to first); Gordon singled to pitcher; Partee allowed a
passed ball [Gordon to second]; Keltner flied out to left; 0 R,
1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Browns 4, Indians 1.

BROWNS 6TH: Kokos singled to center [Kokos to second (error by
Judnich)]; Partee lined into a double play (second to shortstop)
[Kokos out at second]; Pellagrini flied out to left; 0 R, 1 H, 1
E, 0 LOB. Browns 4, Indians 1.

INDIANS 6TH: ZARILLA CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING RF); LEHNER
REPLACED KOKOS (PLAYING CF); Judnich doubled to right; Hegan
flied out to center; DOBY BATTED FOR PAIGE; Doby singled to
right [Judnich scored]; BOB KENNEDY RAN FOR DOBY; Mitchell
popped to third in foul territory; Berardino forced Bob Kennedy
(third to second); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Browns 4, Indians 2.

BROWNS 7TH: KLIEMAN REPLACED BOB KENNEDY (PITCHING); Sanford
singled to center; Dillinger reached on a fielder’s choice on a
sacrifice bunt [Sanford to second]; Stevens out on a sacrifice
bunt (third to second) [Dillinger to second, Sanford to third];
Priddy walked; Platt flied out to center [Sanford scored];
Zarilla flied out to left; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Browns 5,
Indians 2.

INDIANS 7TH: Edwards grounded out (pitcher to first); Boudreau
grounded out (shortstop to first); Gordon walked; Keltner
doubled to left [Gordon scored]; GARVER REPLACED SANFORD
(PITCHING); Judnich lined to first; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.
Browns 5, Indians 3.

BROWNS 8TH: Lehner walked; Partee grounded into a double play
(second to shortstop to first) [Lehner out at second];
Pellagrini grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB. Browns 5, Indians 3.

INDIANS 8TH: Hegan struck out; TUCKER BATTED FOR KLIEMAN; Tucker
grounded out (third to first); Mitchell struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB. Browns 5, Indians 3.

BROWNS 9TH: GROMEK REPLACED TUCKER (PITCHING); Garver struck
out; Dillinger singled to center; Dillinger stole second;
Stevens grounded out (first unassisted); Priddy walked;
Dillinger was caught stealing third (catcher to third); 0 R, 1
H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Browns 5, Indians 3.

INDIANS 9TH: Berardino grounded out (shortstop to first);
Edwards flied out to left; Boudreau grounded out (second to
first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Browns 5, Indians 3.