THE SUMMER OF .406 AND "THE STREAK" ...
Dom DiMaggio helps Newsome get #17
9, 1941 ... Dick Newsome, aided by his
teammates Dom DiMaggio, chalked up his 17th win of the season, when
the Red Sox beat the Tigers 6 to 0. It was Newsome's second shutout,
with the first one coming against the White Sox earlier in the
season. He was in great form and held the Tigers to four hits,
scattered through three innings.
The only time Detroit, who had won
11 of their previous 13 games, threatened to score against him was in the fourth
inning. There, with two outs and Bruce Campbell singled, Rudy York followed with
a double, and then he struck out Mike Higgins. In the eighth-inning, Birdie
Tebbetts pinch-hit for Boyd Perry and singled. That followed with a pass to
Dutch Meyer, and then with runners on first and second and only one out, the
next two batters were retired easily. In five of the other seven innings, he set
down the Tigers in order.
Dom DiMaggio aided Newsome with a grand slam home run in the second inning.
In the first inning, he hit triple to right-center, but his grand slam was his
eighth home run of the year. Then in the fourth inning, against Bud Thomas, Dom
came through with a double. He scored two of the Red Sox six runs, knocking in
four and almost completed his cycle with everything but a single.
Johnny Gorsica started the game for the Tigers and had bad luck in the second
inning when he handled a high bounding ball hit by Bobby Doerr and another one
by Newsome. Both went for hits but he made an error on the one hit by Doerr with
a wild and useless throw, trying to get him at first. That paved the way for the
DiMaggio grand slam.
Thomas followed Gorsica to the mound and allow the Red Sox only one hit, the
DiMaggio double, in his five innings of work.
The Sox got their first run in the very first inning on DiMaggio's triple and
Finney's ground ball out at first. They got five in the second inning on a
single by Jimmy Foxx, in infield single by Doerr which was aided with Gorsica's
throwing error, and a pass to Frankie Pytlak, that loaded the bases for Dom.
Ted Williams got his only hit of the game after Finney and Joe Cronin had
been thrown out at first in the second inning. He was passed on his first trip
to the plate, got the hit in the second and made a bid for a home run in the
fifth, but it was held up by the wind for a fly ball out. He grounded out to
Rudy York in his last time at bat, going one for three and finishing the game
with a .412 batting average.