This amazing statistic from ESPN reporter Darren Rovell: "38,172 was sellout crowd tonight. The SMALLEST crowd in Cleveland for the 1948 World Series was 70,306."
Boy! What stadium did they play in back then to have that many people? And it was the smallest crowd that year.
They played in Cleveland Stadium, often described as "the mistake by the lake". It was the first stadium built with public money and was on a site along Lake Erie which had been a landfill filled with old cars and tires. Originally named Lakefront Stadium, it opened on July 3, 1932 and had a capacity of 78,189. The problem was it soon became obvious it was too big and not enough fans filled the seats which made it seem empty. The team alternated between the old League Park (weekdays) and the new (weekends). It wasn't until 1946 that they played there continuously and changed the name from Lakefront Park to Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
The last game held there was on October 3, 1993 and the next season they moved into the new Progressive Field.
In 1948 the Cleveland Indians ended the regular season tied with the Boston Red Sox, the first time in American League history this had ever happened. The two teams had a one game tie breaker game and Cleveland won. They went on to play the Boston Braves in the World Series and it was the first and last time they did this. This team was also the first team to have African American players on a World Series roster.