Historical World Series in Cleveland, 1948

Historical World Series in Cleveland, 1948
(Source: WOIO)
(Source: The Cleveland Press Collection)
(Source: The Cleveland Press Collection)
(Source: The Cleveland Press Collection)
(Source: The Cleveland Press Collection)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Indians won the World Series in 1948, and while many things were different nearly 70 years ago, several fans told Cleveland 19 that the important things don't look like they've changed that much.

Cleveland 19 got pictures from the Indians' 1948 World Series run from the Cleveland Memory Project, a part of Cleveland State University.

Many of the pictures came from "The Cleveland Press Collection," images from the library of the city's last daily afternoon paper.

The black and white images show happy Cleveland fans waiting in real lines for tickets instead of in digital ones, show hundreds crowding the streets, and others gathered together in a bar -- all to celebrate the championship team in the championship city.

Cleveland fan Jim Romelfanger told Cleveland 19, he sees more similarities than differences in the old pictures.

"Obviously a lot has changed since then, but what's the saying? The more things change the more they stay the same," said Romelfanger.

The first game Romelfanger ever went to was an Indians game, and looking at the old pictures, he said he understands the excited looks on the faces of those in the pictures.

"It's an energy I think you feel it, you see people walking around, they're excited they're just up in down the street, people people shouting to each other, going to the game giving each other high fives," said Romelfanger. "Even if I don't get to make it to any of the games, I can still experience that energy that passion in a way and it's really fun."

The consistent thing, from the fans of yesterday and today, is the dedication and excitement for Cleveland.

"I'm sure when they were there it was different food, different drinks, like I said all those things change, but you're still going to see a lot of people packed in trying to get where ever they can get see the game and get excited," said Romelfanger.


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