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Sometimes it seems the Indians are pretty unlucky. It hasn't always been that way.

I was watching "The Monty Stratton Story" on AMC this week. Gene Bearden appeared as himself, having once pitched against Stratton. I remembered a bit about Bearden. Curious, I went to baseball-reference.com.

Did you know ...

1948 was Bearden's rookie season. He won 20, lost 7. He struck out 80 and walked 106! For his career (6 years), Bearden struck out 259 and walked 435. He won 1 WS game against the Braves. As I recall, his 20th win of the season was the playoff game against the Red Sox.

1948 was Bearden's only winning season in the Majors. He never again won more than 8 games, which is easy to believe with his BB:K ratio.

We talk a lot about how unlucky the Indians are. You can certainly make a case that they used up all their luck in 1948, winning the WS with Gene Bearden as their star pitcher.

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