THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
The Yankees beat up Tex Hughson
April 24, 1946 ... The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees met today for the first time at Fenway Park. The Yankees pummeled the Sox pitching ace, Tex Hughson and made the Sox look like amateurs on a rundown
between third and home. The Yankees won the game 12-5.
While Joe DiMaggio went 0 for 6, every one of his teammates took a hand in mauling Hughson and four Sox relievers for 15 hits, including 6 doubles. In spite of the size of the score. The Sox were actually in this game, which ultimately dropped them into 3rd place. Every time the Red Sox
banged their way back into contention, Ted Williams, who belted a triple to touch off a two run rally in the 4th inning, managed to ground into three successive doubleplays in his last 3 times at bat, where a base hit might have changed the whole complexion of the ballgame.
The Yankees triumphed in spite of using 3 insignificant pitchers, Sandy Gumpert, Clarence Marshall and Jake Wade. The Sox also made numerous mistakes in the game against a team that you can't make mistakes against and expect to beat.
In the 4th inning with the Red Sox leading 2-1, the result of Rudy York's 2nd inning home run, the Yankees ripped off four runs to take a 5 to 2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Ted Williams led off with a triple against the door under the centerfield bleachers. Bobby Doerr and George
Metkovich followed Ted's triple to bring the Sox back to within one run.
In the 6th inning. The Yankees made it 8-4 before the Sox got one back in their half and up came, Ted with Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky aboard. Ted bounded into an inning ending double play, as he had done in the 5th inning. That was the beginning of the end, as Bill Butland's wildness gave
the Bronx bombers for more runs in the 8th inning.