A'S BOUDREAU, SLAUGHTER & SAIN
This black & white 8x10 photo is signed by Hall of Famers Lou Boudreau & Enos Slaughter and All Star Johnny Sain.
Boudreau took over the helm of the Indians in 1942 at the age of 24 and two years later he won the American League batting title. The 1948 league MVP, he hit .355 with 106 RBI and capped the season with four hits in the Tribe's pennant-winning play-off victory in Boston, leading them to an eventual World Championship.
Slaughter made the All-Star team in 1941-42 and 1946-53. He led the league in RBI (130) in 1946. He led the NL with 52 doubles in 1939 and with 188 hits in 1942, and led in triples in 1942 and 1949. In 1947 he knocked in ten runs in a doubleheader. In the deciding game of the 1946 Series, he made his electrifying mad dash home from first on Harry Walker's hit, scoring the winning run as Boston shortstop Johnny Pesky hesitated making the relay throw.
Sain was in All-Star games in 1947-48, 53. In 1948, Sain led the NL with 24 wins, 39 starts, 28 complete games, and 314 innings. An excellent-hitting pitcher (.245), Sain averaged .346 in 1947 and .353 in 1954, and led the NL with 16 sacrifice hits in 1948.
Larry Doby, with Indian Manager Lou Boudreau, , and Hank Greenberg in 1948. AP