Looking back: Local Indians fan shares amazing memories from 1948 World Series

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MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- In 1948, the Cleveland Indians played the Boston Braves in the World Series.

In 1948, Bill Hudec was just 8 years old. He remembers going to that game with his dad and seeing the great play.

Names like Feller, Boudreau and Doby are not just names up on the wall at Progressive Field; they were his idols, and later some of them even became his friends.

Bill kept everything from that 1948 series: the programs, the tickets, even his own little Indians baseball uniform.

His parents bought him a uniform that was cut from the same cloth as the big leagues.

Since then, baseball has played a bigger part in his life.

Bill's dad was a Minor League ball player here in Cleveland who, along with that '48 series, made baseball a regular part of Bill's life.

If you're an old Indians veteran you may remember Bill as the sign guy at the old Cleveland Stadium.

He would sit down by the third-base line, holding colorful signs urging the fans to cheer for teams that, back then, weren't so good, but Bill says if you're going to be a true fan you have to cheer for your team through thick and thin.

At 76 years old, Bill says he would like to one day pass on a lot of his memorabilia to his family and some of it may even wind up in museums.

But, he says he's just going to enjoy every moment of the Indians' run as they take on the Cubs in the World Series.

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