AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The last time that the Cleveland Indians won the World Series was in 1948, and the world different then.
The country was finally at peace, with World War II ending three years earlier, Harry Truman won the presidential election, and restaurants remained strictly segregated in large areas of the country.
Eighty-six-year-old Ginny Shreve, who now lives in Austintown, scored her 1948 World Series’ ticket for just $6.25. The ticket would have been $60 today, which is still a bargain, compared to the cheapest seats at Progressive Field for this World Series that range from $900 to $2,000.
Back then, it was a different game and experience.
“It was a dress-up occasion,” Shreve said. “We didn’t wear shorts or pants. I wore dresses.”
Shreve went to the game with her future father-in-law at the old Municipal Stadium. She recalled the excitement of that game.
“His father wasn’t really that interested in the game, but boy, I was! I was up and down and hootin’ and hollering,” he said.
Shreve watched some of the star players make history for the league, including Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Satchel Paige.
“Yup, I saw [Paige] pitch, and he had these great big shoes,” she recalled.
When Paige pitched to two batters in Game Five if the ’48 Series, he became the first black pitcher to appear in a World Series game.
The player Shreve loved, though, was pitcher Bob Feller. She even went down to the team’s spring training in Florida in recent years and met him.
“I took his book with me, and he signed it,” she said.
As for this World Series, Shreve said she has her players that she’s watching.
“Coco Crisp, but I think that short stop is a pretty neat kid… Lindor,” she said.
Although Shreve isn’t going to this World Series, she said she’ll be watching her Indians every night from her home in Austintown.