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Oct. 6, 1948

Game 1 of the World Series looked like it might be rained out. So read the lead story on the front page of the Boston Globe.

Also on Page 1, Red Sox general manager Joe Cronin told a Globe scribe that manager Joe McCarthy would be back in 1949. 

“Joe McCarthy is definitely the Red Sox manager, for life if he so desires, and positively through his 1949 contract.”

Cronin may have engaged in a bit of hyperbole with the manager-for-life line. But his point was made.

After the Red Sox lost the American League pennant in a one-game playoff against the Cleveland Indians, a rumor quickly took flight that McCarthy told Cronin that he would not return for 1948. 

McCarthhy endured criticism when the Red Sox began the season going 14-23, not quite what New Englanders expected from the manager who enjoyed historic success as manager of the Yankees. They were in first place from Aug. 26 through Sept, 25, though the race remained tight through the final two months.

Then came the one-game playoff, in which McCarthy handed the ball to veteran journeyman Denny Galehouse, stunning fans and men at the top of the Red Sox rotation, all of whom had enjoyed considerably more success than the 8-8 Galehouse.

The skeptics were hardly surprised when the Indians ripped Galehouse, 8-3, at Fenway Park.

McCarthy did manage the 1949 Red Sox, who lost the pennant to the Yankees in the final weekend of the season.

As for Game 1 of the 1948 World Series, the rain held off and the Braves’ Johnny Sain won a pitchers duel against Bob Feller, 1-0. The Indians won the Series in six games.

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