TED WILLIAMS

THE SUMMER OF .406 AND "THE STREAK" ...
Dick Newsome & Ted bomb the Bombers

August 7, 1941 ... The Red Sox handed the pace-setting New York Yankees a 9 to 5 trouncing in the deciding game of this three-game set, before 11,593 joyous fans at Fenway Park. It was the first series setback for New York since the middle of June when they lost two of three to the White Sox. Lefty Gomez was the loser, suffering only his fourth loss of the year and ending an eight game winning streak. The highlights provided for the Red Sox were the pitching of Dick Newsome and the hitting of Ted Williams.

Newsome pitched eight hit ball en route to made good his third attempt for his 13th win of the season. He rounded out a nice feat of having now conquered every team in the American League at least once. Meanwhile, Ted the Kid gave further proof of his batting greatness by pacing the 12-hit Red Sox attack. The willowy left-hander slapped out his 22nd home run of the year his first time up, and added a pair of singles, which sparked three run rallys by the Red Sox in the sixth and seventh innings.

The sixth inning was the turning point of the affair, when with the score knotted at three apiece, Williams led off with a hot single to right. A snap throw by Tommy Henrich tried to nail him after he made the turn, but firstbaseman Johnny Sturm was caught by surprise and was too off balance to make a tag. Then Jim Tabor hit an easy ground ball to Joe Gordon, who bobbled it, for one of three Yankee errors, to put runners on first and second. After Jimmie Foxx flew out to Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr slapped a grounder down third that was very close to line. Red Rolfe fielded it in a manner that indicated he thought it was foul, and threw easily to second. Tabor slid in easily ahead of the throw and while Gordon argued with the umpire, the decision that it was fair stood.

Right on the heels of this argument came another dispute when Frankie Pytlak slammed another grounder at Rolfe, who made a sensational stop and throw, only to have the umpire call this one foul. It didn't matter because Frankie eventually popped out. Then came the big break of the inning, when Newsome topped a slow roller toward third and beat it out by a whisker, much to the chagrin of Gomez who covered plenty of ground to field the ball and unleashed is best throw to first. Williams scored and an instant later two more runs came across when Dom DiMaggio, attempting to hold back on an inside 3-2 pitch, accidentally connected, and the ball dribbled between first and second into right field, to make it 6-3.

Skipper Joe Cronin started Gomez on his way out in the seventh, with another infield hit which Lefty fielded and threw high to first. Ted followed with a single and Tabor with a double, which nearly ripped off Rolfe's glove. That was it for Gomez and in came Tiny Bonham. Double-X greeted him with a towering fly which Joe D. took against the left centerfield wall, but deep enough to score Ted. Bobby Doerr knocked out a clean single to count Tabor with the ninth and final Red Sox run of the game.

The Yankees had initially scored two runs in the first inning on successive doubles by Sturm and Rolfe, followed by long flies from Henrich and Joe DiMaggio. The Sox came back in the second when Ted led off with his 22nd homer, landing a dozen rows up in the right-field grandstand extension.

Another Yankee fielding lapse helped the Sox take the lead with two runs in the fourth. Pete Fox ignited this inning with a single, that nearly cleared the left-field wall. Cronin sent him around to third with a well-placed single to right, before Ted bounced out to first baseman Sturm, who started to throw the ball home, but forgot to step on first, finally firing high to second. That lapse allowed Fox to score and Cronin was on second with Ted on first. Tabor brought home the skipper with a clean shot to center and it looked like the Red Sox were in business went Foxx was walked. Doerr however lifted a fly ball to Charlie Keller and Pytlak rolled into a twin killing. But the Sox were up 3 to 2.

The Yankees then tied it up in the fifth on singles by Gomez and Sturm, a force out and an infield hit by Henrich. Newsome ultimately loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Joe DiMaggio and then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing the Yanks to knot the score at three each. He then proceeded to strike out Keller on three pitches and the Sox were on their way.

The Yankees added a meaningless run in the seventh on a triple by Rolfe, a walk to Henrich and a groundout by Joe D. DiMaggio had three RBI for the day without making a hit.

 

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

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

 

 

5

8

3

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

2

0

3

3

0

x

 

 

9

12

0

 

 

W-Dick Newsome (13-6)
L-Lefty Gomez (10-4)
Attendance - 11,593

 2B-Sturm (NY), Rolfe (NY), Tabor (Bost)

 3B-Rolfe (NY)

 HR-Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 1 .276

 

 

Pete Fox rf 5 1 1 .297

 

 

Joe Cronin ss 5 2 2 .325

 

 

Ted Williams lf 4 3 3 .408

 

 

Jim Tabor 3b 4 2 1 .282

 

 

Jimmie Foxx 1b 3 0 0 .294

 

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 2 .265

 

 

Frankie Pytlak c 4 0 0 .255

 

 

Dick Newsome p 4 0 1 .261

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Dick Newsome 9 8 5 7 1

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

1941 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

71 35 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians

58 45 11 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

54

49

15 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox

51 53 19

 

 

Detroit Tigers

49 56 21 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

48 55 21 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators

41 59 27

 

 

St. Louis Browns

41 61 28