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Game 1 - The Milwaukee Braves played host to the Cleveland Indians at County Stadium today for the first game of the 1950 World Series. 45,805 paying customers trekked through the turnstiles with great expectations. The hometown club is considered the best team in baseball while the visitors are notorious for being either inconsistent of lethal. The great Warren Spahn took the hill for the Braves while the Indians countered with their crafty lefty, Eddie Lopat. In the 3rd inning Eddie Stanky doubled in the first run of the Series and after five innings the Braves led by a score of 2 to 1. In the top of the sixth Spahn lost it. The lefty gave up 3 runs allowing the visitors from Lake Erie to take a 4 to 2 lead that they never relinquished. Eddie Lopat was outstanding going all the way for the win. FINAL 4 to 2 INDIANS
Game 2 - Vern Bickford turned things around in game two with a gem of a game, allowing just 7 hits while striking out 7. The 30 year old Kentucky native mowed down the Indians in easy fashion notching a shutout and a complete game. Andy Pafko’s 2 run homer in the 2nd inning was all the 6 foot right-hander needed to gain his first Series win. FINAL 2 to 0 BRAVES
Game 3 - 78,000 fans jammed Municipal Stadium in Cleveland for game three of the 1950 World Series. In a back & forth affair the Indians prevailed with three runs in the bottom of the 8th inning off Jim Konstanty the outstanding Brave reliever. Konstanty’s implosion allowed defeat to be swiped from the jaws of victory. Milwaukee did attempt to rally and in fact loaded the bases in the 9th with two out with Ralph Kiner up. Steve Gromek, the Indian ace reliever got Kiner to fly out to Doby ending a tense contest. Hank Sauer had three hits including 2 doubles and a homer. FINAL 6 to 4 INDIANS
Game 4 - Another capacity crowd filled the old ballpark by the Lake today for game four of the Series. The Milwaukee Braves brought their bats to the ball yard and crushed Indian pitching by a 14 to 2 score ! Some of the highlights included a great pitching performance by Spahn and Sain, a four for five day for Eddie Stanky, and the dynamic duo of Pafko & Kiner driving in three apiece. The Indians were bad from the get go and topped off the sad performance with 3 costly errors. FINAL 14 to 2 BRAVES.
Game 5 - So now it’s a three game Series. In the final game in Cleveland before a return to Milwaukee, Vern Bickford took the mound against Bob Feller in a rematch of game number two. It’s hard to believe that Bickford could be better today then he was in his last outing but he was. Bickford once again went the distance allowing just five hits and shutting out the Indians 1 to 0. A second inning Kiner homerun accounted for all the Braves runs. FINAL 1 to 0 Braves.
Game 6 - With their backs against the wall the Indians arrived at County Stadium for some extra batting practice today. Mike Garcia got the nod to pitch against the great Warren Spahn. This would be Garcia’s first appearance in the Series and he was superb. The big righty rose to the occasion going all the way in a 6 to 1 win. Besides Garcia, perhaps the biggest story was the inability of Spahn to hold down the Indian attack. A four run 4th inning by Cleveland doomed the Braves & when Spahn left the game, his ERA was a lofty 4.91 for his three starts in the 1950 Series. FINAL 6 to 1 INDIANS
Game 7 - County Stadium was jammed to the rafters for today’s final. The Braves new hero, Vern Bickford, was picked to take the hill while Cleveland went with Eddie Lopat. The game progressed and by the end of 9 both starters were gone and the score was tied 3 to 3. In the 10th Jim Konstanty was brought in and once again the right handed stopper was hammered by the visitors. A tie breaking single by Chico Carrasquel put Cleveland ahead. A monster double by Eddie Robinson brought in two more. As the bottom of the 10th dawned the Indians lead the Braves 6 to 3. It looked good for the Cleveland nine but immediately Irv Palica got in trouble. With two men on Earl Torgeson stepped to the plate and in short order tied the game with a dramatic 3 run homer! A stunned silence soon erupted into cheers as Torgeson rounded the bases and was greeted by his teammates at the plate. The game progressed through 14 innings with plenty of scares but no scores. In the 15th Wally Westlake lined a single into center scoring a Jim Hegan to put the Indians ahead. The Braves came to bat in the bottom of the 15th against much maligned Bob Lemon and put two men on with two out. Andy Pafko, perhaps the team’s best clutch hitter was the batter but Lemon got the powerful Pole to pop out to end the game and the Series FINAL 7 to 6 INDIANS
MVP for Cleveland Chico Carrasquel for his .360 batting average and clutch play
Written by John Heneghan