CLEVELAND -- Ah, 1948.
It was the last time the Cleveland Indians won the World Series.
Like every team before and since, a pennant came with the championship.
But the following year when the Indians couldn’t follow up with another successful season, eccentric team owner Bill Veeck held a funeral for that ’48 flag.
Veeck was “sobbing” at the funeral, which was complete with pallbearers and a casket.
“I think it was kind of tongue-in-cheek,” said Jeremy Feador, an Indians historian. “Bill Veeck was a businessman and a showman. He wanted to do something that would be remembered.”
The funeral was remembered, but the flag was not.
The burial plot was outside the old Municipal Stadium. Today, it’s the east end of FirstEnergy Stadium that sits atop the flag’s final resting place.
It may have been discarded, or maybe sometime between 1949 and 1999 someone dug for treasure on the shore of Lake Erie accidentally unearthing a treasure most forgot was there.
But to date, its location remains a mystery.