LEFTY GROVE

THE SUMMER OF .406 AND "THE STREAK" ...
Foxx and Grove lead the Sox past the Yankees

May 12, 1941 ... Lefty Grove unfurled a masterpiece in piloting the Red Sox to an 8 to 4 victory over the Yankees, before 10,900 chilled fans at Fenway Park. All Grove needed was five runs to win this game and they were all given to him right in the very first inning, when Jimmy Foxx parked a pitch from Lefty Gomez out onto Lansdowne Street with two runners aboard.

In fashioning his 295th career victory, Grove hurled a smooth game, even though he was reached for 10 hits, which was two more than his teammates collected against a trio of New York pitchers. Grove handed out five base on balls, but in spite of this, showed excellent control. He made the Yankees hit the balls he wanted them to hit, and as a result they were impotent with runners on base.

Today's win was his second of the spring and it was also the second time he had gone the distance in his last two starts. He was nipping the corners all afternoon and when he didn't have the Yankees nibbling at borderline pitches, they were taking called strikes.

After the Yankees took out Gomez for a pinch-hitter in the fourth, the Sox sluggers seemed to go to sleep. They only gathered three hits and were blanked over the final five innings. But before then, they had gathered enough off Gomez to make the going rather easy for Lefty Grove.

Gomez, who has been wild all spring, started off by passing Dom DiMaggio and then Ted William in the first inning. He had Jimmy Foxx down to a 3-2 pitch and Jimmy was waiting for a fat pitch when it came. The ball cleared the wall in left-center for his second home run of the year and his first in more than two weeks.

The rally didn't subside even though Gomez struck out Joe Cronin on a called third strike. He couldn't resist it seems, and handed out more free passes as he walked Bobby Doerr. Jim Tabor then lashed a fastball off the centerfield wall for a double that brought Doerr home. At this point the defense of the Yankees fell apart, allowing the Red Sox to pick up their fifth run. Johnny Peacock rolled one down to Red Rolfe at third, and when his throw bounced in front of Joe Gordon at first, Tabor scored easily.

Up 5 to 0, the Sox scored another run in the second inning. Ted Williams singled to right and took second when Foxx was passed. A wild pitch advanced the runners and then Gomez passed Cronin. But when the fourth ball was a wild pitch, Ted galloped across the plate to make it 6 to 0.

The only time Grove allowed more than one hit in any inning was in the third, when the Yankees scored three times. A double by Rolfe, a single by Charlie Keller and a double Gordon, followed by a single off the bat of Buddy Rosar, counted for three runs.

The Sox retrieved two of them in their half of the inning on a walk to Tabor, a double by Dom DiMaggio and a single by Stan Spence, to make the score 8 to 3.

The Yankees picked up a final run in the ninth-inning after two were out. Grove walked Keller and Joe DiMaggio. Then Cronin booted a tricky grounder off the bat of Gordon and Keller scored the final run of the afternoon.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

4

10

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

8

8

1

 

 

W-Lefty Grove (2-1)
L-Lefty Gomez (2-3)
Attendance - 10,900

 2B-Rolfe (NY), Gordon (NY), J.DiMaggio (NY),
 Rosar (NY), Tabor (Bost), D.DiMaggio (Bost), Cronin (Bost)

 HR-Foxx (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 2 1 .388

 

 

Stan Spence rf 5 0 1 .269

 

 

Ted Williams lf 3 2 1 .383

 

 

Jimmie Foxx 1b 3 1 1 .296

 

 

Joe Cronin ss 3 0 1 .406

 

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 1 0 .274

 

 

Jim Tabor 3b 3 1 2 .304

 

 

Johnny Peacock c 3 0 0 .286

 

 

Lefty Grove p 4 1 1 .182

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Lefty Grove 9 10 3 5 4

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

1941 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians

18 9 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

12

8

2 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox

12 9 3

 

 

New York Yankees

14 12 3 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

11 12 5

 

 

Washington Senators

10 15 7

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

9 14 7

 

 

St. Louis Browns

7 14 8