The 1948 World Series saw the Cleveland Indians against the Boston Braves. The Braves had won the National League pennant for the first time since the “Miracle Braves” team of 1914, while the Indians had spoiled a chance for the only all-Boston World Series by winning a one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox for the American League flag.
Though superstar pitcher Bob Feller failed to win either of his two starts, the Indians won the Series in six games to capture their second championship and their first since 1920 (as well as their last to the present date).
The fifth game was played on October 10, 1948 at Cleveland Stadium. Satchel Paige appeared for the Indians, becoming the first black pitcher to take the mound in World Series history.
The previous day’s single-game attendance record was broken with 86,288 fans. After two leadoff singles, Bob Elliott’s three-run home run in the first off of Indians starter Bob Feller made it 3–0 Braves.
Dale Mitchell’s leadoff home run in the bottom half off of Nels Potter put the Indians on the board. Elliott’s second home run of the game in the third made it 4–1 Braves, but in the fourth after a leadoff single and walk, Wally Judnich’s RBI single made it 4–2 Braves, then one out later, Jim Hegan’s three-run home run put the Indians in front 5–4 and knock Potter out of the game.
Bill Salkeld’s home run in the sixth tied the game.
Next inning, Tommy Holmes hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Earl Torgeson’s RBI single. Ed Klieman relieved Feller and allowed a walk, two-runs single to Marv Rickert, and another walk. Russ Christopher then allowed RBI singles to Mike McCormick and Eddie Stanky.
Warren Spahn’s sacrifice fly off of Paige capped the game’s scoring at 11–5. Spahn pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings of relief for the win, forcing a Game 6 in Boston.