LEFTY GROVE

THE SUMMER OF .406 AND "THE STREAK" ...
Lefty Grove coasts to his 298th win

June 25, 1941 ... Lefty Grove, with only four days rest, calmly unfolded a seven hit masterpiece, in winning his 298th major-league victory, as the Red Sox continued their confounding of the Cleveland Indians with a 7 to 2 setback before 11,000 paying fans and 900 soldiers and sailors at Fenway Park.

Lefty was happy to win the game, but the single he rapped out to spark a five-run Sox uprising in the seventh inning, dissolving a 2 to 2 deadlock, thrilled him just as much. The win dropped the Indians out of first place for the first time since June 1st. It was the second straight day that Joe Cronin's crew had beaten the Tribe in their current series, and the third time in their last three meetings.

It was also revenge on Jim Bagby, who during the last visit of the Indians, whipped the Sox. For six innings he held off the Sox in an even battle, which saw each team score two runs in the fourth inning. In their half of the scoring fourth, the Indians' Gee Walker slammed a double against the left-field wall and Oscar Grimes followed him with a walk. Ray Mack moved them along with a sacrifice and with Bagby at bat, Walker was given a running start from third by Grove and kept going, to steal home. An instant later Bagby's single through the box sent Grimes scurrying across the plate to give the Indians a 2 to 0 lead.

The first two batters for the Red Sox in the fourth collected the games first two hits off Bagby. Ted Williams followed Lou Finney's base hit with his 14th home run of the season. The smash settled down a full dozen rows behind the Boston bullpen. In spite of two more Sox base hits in the inning and Ted's single to open the sixth, the score remained knotted at 2 to 2 going into the seventh inning.

Johnny Peacock started the glorious inning by grounding out to short and Lefty punched his self-satisfying single through the box into centerfield. The little professor, Dom DiMaggio, promptly moved his pitcher over to third-base with a beautifully placed double down the right-field line. With the Indians infield in, Finney lofted a Texas Leaguer in the centerfield that bounced past the in charging Roy Weatherly for two bases. Ted was purposely passed, whereupon Jimmie Foxx slapped a double off the wall, scoring Finney. The last two runs came across when Walker dropped Jim Tabor's fly ball near the left-field grandstand.

After the dust settled, Grove had a 7 to 2 lead and was coasting toward his goal of 300 victories. Although the Indians had runners on base in each of the first six innings, they didn't hit a ball out of the infield over the last three, as Lou Boudreau was the only man to get to first when he walked for the fourth time in the ninth.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

7

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

2

0

0

5

0

x

 

 

7

9

2

 

 

W-Lefty Grove (5-2)
L-Jim Bagby (5-5)
Attendance - 11,000

 2B-Walker (Clev), DiMaggio (Bost),
 Finney (Bost), Foxx (Bost)

 HR-Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 1 .316

 

 

Lou Finney rf 3 2 2 .239

 

 

Ted Williams lf 3 2 2 .407

 

 

Joe Cronin ss 3 0 1 .352

 

 

Jimmie Foxx 1b 3 1 1 .300

 

 

Jim Tabor 3b 4 0 0 .322

 

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .288

 

 

Johnny Peacock c 4 0 1 .239

 

 

Lefty Grove p 4 1 1 .115

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Lefty Grove 9 7 2 5 5

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

1941 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

38 25 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians

40 27 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

35

26

2

 

 

Chicago White Sox

33 30 5

 

 

Detroit Tigers

34 32 5 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

29 34 9

 

 

Washington Senators

23 40 15

 

 

St. Louis Browns

21 39 15 1/2