TED WILLIAMS HOMERS

THE SUMMER OF .406 AND "THE STREAK" ...
Williams and Newsome lead the Sox ...

May 29, 1941 ... With Jimmie Foxx pitching batting practice and just catching Joe Dobson between innings, Ted Williams and Skeeter Newsome took care of all the home run hitting needed by the Red Sox, to turn back the A's by a 6 to 4 score, and thus earn an even split in the four-game series before a 3200 Ladies Day crowd at Fenway Park. Ted hit his seventh round tripper, which was a mighty clout that cleared the Red Sox bullpen and landed in the runway of the right-field bleachers. It was a game breaker coming as it did, with the score knotted at three all in the seventh inning. Dobson was on base and there were two out in the last half of the inning at the time. It also climaxed another great day for Williams as the Kid had singled twice off the veteran Jack Knott, to boost his league-leading batting average to an imposing .421 figure.

Little Skeeter Newsome had a four bagger for the Sox was the third homer of his major league career. The sensational stand in for Bobby Doerr propelled a Luman Harris fastball, with nobody aboard in the eighth-inning, into the left-field screen with one out. His blast propelled the Sox into a 6 to 3 lead and it was just the one that Dobson needed to register his first win of the year, although he needed help from Mike Ryba, when Sammy Chapman singled and Frankie Hayes doubled to open up the ninth. Ryba proceeded to get the A's out with only a single by pinch-hitter Dee Miles, who knocked in the final Philly run.

After a single by Ted had been wasted in the first inning, the Sox pushed over a run in the second when Pete Fox, back in right field, led off with a single, moving around to third on the first of three straight base hits by Jim Tabor, and scoring while Skeeter was being thrown out on a ground ball, putting the Sox up 1 to 0.

The Sox added two more runs in the third when after Dom DiMaggio had grounded out and Lou Finney had walked, racing to third on a Williams single. Joe Cronin then lined one to Wally Moses in right-center that had enough to score Finney. Pete Fox kept things going by beating out a hit down to firstbaseman Dick Siebert, allowing Ted to move over to third-base, and scoring on Tabor's base hit to right.

With his team up 3 to 0, Dobson was moving right along until the fifth inning when Frankie Hayes slammed a triple up against the left centerfield wall and came home after Ted had made a nice grab of a line drive up against the wall, hit by Pete Suder.

In the sixth the A's tied up the game when Moses slashed a single into right and took second on a ground ball out. Then Bob Johnson unloaded on the first pitch he saw for a double against the wall near the flagpole and after Siebert walked, Sam Chapman slammed another two base hit down the third-base line. An intentional walk to Frankie Hayes loaded the bases before Suder lined out Fox in right.

Then in the seventh Dobson started things in his own behalf with a single before Williams and Ryba took care of the rest of the game.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

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4

5

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R

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PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

1

 

 

4

9

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

2

0

0

0

2

1

x

 

 

6

10

0

 

 

W-Joe Dobson (1-1)
S-Mike Ryba (1)
L-Jack Knott (2-5)
Attendance - 3200

 2B-Johnson (Phil), Chapman (Phil), Hayes (Phil)

 3B-Hayes (Phil)

 HR-Williams (Bost), S.Newsome (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 0 .345

 

 

Lou Finney rf 3 1 0 .190

 

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 3 .421

 

 

Joe Cronin ss 3 0 0 .364

 

 

Pete Fox rf 4 1 2 .236

 

 

Jim Tabor 3b 4 0 3 .292

 

 

Skeeter Newsome 2b 4 1 1 .216

 

 

Frankie Pytlak c 4 0 0 .258

 

 

Joe Dobson p 4 1 1 .200

 

 

Mike Ryba p 0 0 0 .250

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Joe Dobson 8 8 4 2 4

 

 

Mike Ryba 1 1 0 0 0

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

1941 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians

29 15 -

 

 

Chicago White Sox

22 16 4

 

 

New York Yankees

22 18 5

 

 

Detroit Tigers

21 20 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

18

18

7

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

19 21 8

 

 

St. Louis Browns

13 24 12 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators

14 26 13