Indians fan remembers attending 1948 World Series game

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - 1948 is the last time Indians fans celebrated the team winning a World Series. It's forever in the minds of fans who are still rooting for the Tribe today.

Lois Lantz, of Perry, got to see the Indians win one of the series games from inside Cleveland Stadium.

"I believe I was in the 11th grade, and my father took me with 83,000 people at the old Cleveland Stadium. (It was) the thrill of my life," Lantz said.

Photographs from the Cleveland Press Collection capture what it was like on the streets of Cleveland during the 1948 World Series.

Lantz spoke to Cleveland 19 News via FaceTime from her boat in Florida. At one time she had a scrapbook filled with World Series memories.

"But I sold it unfortunately," Lantz said. "It had been in the attack for 35 years, and when it went out the door, I was sorry. My husband said, 'Well, it was just collecting dust.'"

At the Baseball Heritage Museum, on the site of the historic League Park, there's a picture of the Indians championship parade.

"It has (Lou) Boudreau and (Bill) Veeck sitting in a car going down Euclid Avenue," said Robert Zimmer, president and founder of the Baseball Heritage Museum. "It's right at the corner of 9th and Euclid, but the crowd you can see in the picture is fantastic. It's a special photograph."

The museum pays tribute to America's favorite pastime and the generations of players who graced League Park including those on the Cleveland Spiders and Cleveland Buckeyes teams.

Zimmer and Lantz are ready for another victory parade.

"It's an exciting time," Zimmer said. "We have a wonderful team. We have a great coach. We've got terrific fans."

"I think we've got a good pitching staff, and I'm just thrilled to see them," Lantz said. "I can't wait to get home to our big screen TV. Go Tribe!"

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