The stadium sold out all 72, 000 seats on Satchel Paige’s first Major League start… the most ever to attend a single game in Major League history. It is amazing to believe that Paige didn’t throw his first Major League pitch until he was 42 years old but that was the case, and not surprisingly, he was amazing in his first year in the American League. Not only were these 2 new ballplayers outstanding Negro League players… they were also future Hall of Famers, on a team that already had several. Satchel was joining a pitching staff that featured HOF’s Bob Lemon (20-14, 2.82) and Bob Feller (19-15, 3.56). Satchel Paige added his excellent season (6-1, 2.48) and they would be joined by Gene Bearden (20-7, 2.43) as the Indians put together one of the best starting rotations the league had seen in years. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, HOF Lou Boudreau had an MVP season batting a whopping .355 with 35 2B, 18 HR and 106 RBIs, beating Jeff Heath’s Municipal Stadium batting title by 15 points. This season and his previous doubles filled years would be a tremendous factor in Boudreau being nominated to the Hall of Fame. That makes 5 future Hall of Famers on the 1948 Indians. On the power front Joe Gordon (.280) had an incredible season slamming 32 HR and 124 RBI (both of which tied Hall of Famer Earl Averill’s Municipal Stadium records) . Ken Keltner was right behind him with 31 HR and 119 RBI while batting .297. Dale Mitchell added to this incredible lineup with 30 2B and a .336 batting average. Together this monster team propelled the Indians to 1st place with a 97-58 (.626) record as an all-time record-breaking 2,620,000 fans came to see the Indians play… more than the team had drawn from 1942-1946 combined! The first ever Boston World Series was expected in 1948 as both the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Braves were in 1st place. The only problem with that was the Cleveland Indians played so well behind their 5 future Hall of Famers that they tied the Boston Red Sox for 1st place on the last day of the season, forcing the first ever 1 game divisional playoff.