“DIARY OF A WINNER”

GEORGE METKOVICH
HOMERS TO TIE IT UP

THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...

Williams' 10th inning hit gives the Sox a split

April 21, 1946 ... It took the silly Sunday curfew and Bobo Newsom to stop the streaking Red Sox. After the Sox had run their unbeaten string to five straight by beating of Philadelphia Athletics 12 to 1 in an amazing 10 inning opener of the seasons first doubleheader at Fenway Park, Newsom used everything in his repertoire to blank the Sox, 3-0 in five innings, which was all the law allowed to be played in what was truly an anticlimactic aftermath.

City counselor James C. Bailey Jr, who has been busily trying for months now to have the Sabbath time limit lifted as 30,000 new supporters today. That was the size of the crowd, which saw the Sox suffered their first setback in such an unsatisfactory manner, and the basis for backing Bailey couldn't have been brought home in a more spectacular and emphatic manner, than the events immediately preceding the initial defeat.

For if the first game had only gone five innings. The Sox would've dropped a 7-0 decision. That was the margin by which they were trailing at that point following a huge home run attack on bedeviled Boo Ferriss.

 

GEORGE METKOVICH

After 8 1/2 innings the Sox would have been losing 11 to 5. That was the score when the Red Sox suddenly exploded in a death-defying rally in the last of the ninth inning, that was climaxed after two were out, by George "the Cat" Metkovich's three-run homer into the right field grandstand. Ted Williams ended it by singling to center with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning off Porter Vaughn the fourth Philly pitcher.

With the score 11 to 5, Hal Wagner started the ninth inning by singling, Reb Russell sliced a double to right, Don DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky both walked to force in a run and up came Ted Williams with the bases loaded. Ted lined a single to score two runs, making it 11-8. After Bobby Doerr, and Rudy York went out, up came the "Cat". The count was two balls and one strike when he took Joe Berry's best pitch a dozen rows into the right field seats.

The defensive of play of the game was also made by Metkovich when he reached into the right field stands and took a second home run away from Jack Wallaesa with a backhanded grab.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

3

0

4

0

0

0

3

0

1

0

 

11

13

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

6

1

 

12

12

2

 

 

W-Joe Dobson (1-0)
L-Joe Berry (0-1)
Attendance - 32,679

 2B-Russell (Bost), York (Bost), Andres (Bost)

 3B-DiMaggio (Bost)

 HR-Wallaesa (Phil), Chapman (Phil), McQuinn (Phil),
 Metkovich (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

1

0

0

0

2

         

 

3

4

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

         

 

0

3

1

 

 

W-Bobo Newsom (2-0)
L-Jim Bagby (0-1)

 2B-Valo (Phil), Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 2 2 .286  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 4 2 1 .450  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 2 2 .421  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 0 .150  

 

Rudy York 1b 5 1 1 .300  

 

George Metkovich rf 5 1 2 .222  

 

Ernie Andres 3b 5 0 1 .150  

 

Frankie Pytlak c 2 0 0 .167  

 

Hal Wagner c 3 1 1 .417  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .500  

 

Mel Deutsch p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Paul Campbell ph 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mike Ryba p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Rip Russell ph 1 1 1 1.00  

 

Mace Brown p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Joe Dobson p 1 1 1 1.00  
               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
  Dave Ferriss 2.2 6 7 2 17.05  
  Mel Deutsch 4.1 5 2 2 4.15  
  Mike Ryba 2 1 1 0 4.50  
  Mace Brown - 0 0 0 0.00  
  Joe Dobson 1 1 0 2 0.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 2 .333  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 2 0 0 .409  

 

Ted Williams lf 2 0 0 .381  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 2 0 1 .182  

 

Rudy York 1b 1 0 0 .286  

 

George Metkovich rf 2 0 0 .200  

 

Ernie Andres 3b 2 0 0 .136  

 

Hal Wagner c 0 0 0 .417  

 

Jim Bagby p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Randy Heflin p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Paul Campbell ph 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
  Jim Bagby - 0 1 0 0.00  
  Randy Heflin 5 4 1 3 1.80  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1946 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

5 1 -

 

 

Detroit Tigers 4 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 4 2 1

 

 

St. Louis Browns 3 3 2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 2 2 2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 2 4 3

 

 

Chicago White Sox 1 4 3 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 1 5 4