THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Pesky & Pellagrini star as Sox route the Yankees
April 25, 1946 ... Eddie Pellagrini hit a double, a triple, and a home run, while Johnny Pesky got two singles and two doubles, as the Red Sox clobbered the Yankees in a 12-5 route.
The Red Sox bounded back from the supposedly big bad Yankees in a manner that warmed the soul's of the crowd, who demonstrated that day were not fair weather fans, by breaking the Red Sox 24 hour record for attendance at a single weekday game. To make the revenge all the more sweet, it was a
couple of greater Boston residents who led the attack of 13 hits that were good for 22 bases against for Yankee pitchers.
Roxbury born, and Dorchester residing, Eddie Pellagrini, who Monday it a homer in his first major league at-bat, came within a hair of hitting for the cycle. Pellagrini connected for a monumental triple, a fence busting double and the season's most impressive home run in his first three
times at bat. Only Stuffy Stirnweiss' grab of a tricky hopper kept Eddie from hitting for the cycle. Eddie scored a pair of runs and got credit for 2 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Johnny Pesky, the adopted son of the city of Lynn, removed all doubts about the after effects of his beaning on Monday. He belted 2 doubles and 2 singles as he too scored two runs and batted across another pair.
Yankees had tagged starter Joe Dodson for a 2–0 lead in their half of the 1st inning. Lee Culberson, filling in for sore legged Dom DiMaggio, drew a walk and scored all the way from first, when Johnny Pesky doubled into the left-field corner. Ted Williams next through the first of his three
walks and the and Pesky moved up on a passed ball by Aaron Robinson. Bobby Doerr, then sent a liner Charlie Keller. Pesky started up the line with the crack of the bat, but hastily backpedaled. He completely tricked Keller to thinking he wasn't going to try to score and then suddenly
streaked for the plate, which he reached standing up for the startled Keller's belated throw.
The Sox were home from there. Rudy York singled to score Ted and put the Red Sox in the lead, which they never were to relinquish. Pellagrini tripled over Joe DiMaggio's head in the 3rd inning, and the aroused Red Sox kept pouring it on so early, that Yankee manager Joe McCarthy finally
conceded by letting his pitcher bat in the fourth inning with runners on base, by which time the score was 9–2.
Joe DiMaggio finally regained his batting eye, singling in his last three trips at-bat, but it was too late. Frankie Pytlak did his usual businesslike job of catching, while Hal Wagner, nursed his aching hand.