In 1948 the Cleveland Indians won the World Series…and that’s the last time the city of Cleveland enjoyed a major sports championship, the longest drought in American sports. (It ended when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals.) Here’s a look at what life was like then, when Cleveland first ruled the sports world.
- The oldest current coach in the NBA is Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs. He was born in 1949…about three months after the last time Cleveland hosted a championship sports team.
- In 1948, Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act, also known as the Marshall Plan. It provided $13 billion in aid to help Europe rebuild after World War II. NBA payroll in 2014-15: about $2 billion.
- Cost of an NBA ticket in 1948 (when it was still called the Basketball Association of America): 25 cents.
- In 1948, a pound of hamburger cost 45 cents and a loaf of bread cost 14 cents. To get a hamburger at Quick Loans Arena, where the Cleveland Cavaliers play, it’ll run you about $10.
- In 1948, a million American homes had television. This year, about 20 million people will watch the NBA Finals on TV.
- The average new home in the U.S. in 1948 cost $7,700. When LeBron James lived in Miami, he paid $50 million for a mega-mansion.