THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Dave Ferriss pitches beautifully
with full support
May 1, 1946 ... The fickled baseball fans of Boston, who booed Dave Ferriss 10 days ago, were singing his praises last night. He pitched four hit ball for his second straight win of the
season in a 13 to 1 decision over the the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.
Belted from the box in his first two starts, Ferriss has now gone 18 innings, allowing 10 hits and a single run. Proving that he was a great competitor, who was blasted for 14 hits and 12 runs in his first 6 1/3 innings of pitching this year, he threw hitless, runless ball over his final
five innings today. In fact, it would've been perfect pitching if Eddie Pellagrini had not booted a routine grounder with two out in the ninth-inning.
Red Sox speed and alertness on the base paths was never better demonstrated than in the second inning. On a tap to the pitcher by Rudy York, the Sox scored three runs in one of the most interesting plays. The Sox had scored four runs in the first inning when the first four hitters connected
safely. They had the bases filled with one out, on two walks and an error, in the second inning, when York came to the plate. He slapped one off the end of his bat just to the left of pitcher Al Benton. The ball bounced off of Al's glove and he recovered quickly, throwing the ball in the
general direction of home plate, trying to head off George Metkovich. The throw was wild getting by catcher, Birdie Tebbetts. At third base Ted Williams kept running as did Tebbetts and Benton. Tebbetts ran for the ball and Benton went for the plate. With a great slide Ted beat both of them.
York headed for second and it looked like he was dead. Tebbetts threw down to Eddie Mayo who trapped Rudy between first and second. At that time Bobby Doerr, who was on third base, broke for the plate. Mayo who had tossed to first baseman Hank Greenberg as York was trying to return the
first, decided not to get him and instead tried to get Doerr at home. Once more they missed connection and as Bobby scored, Rudy reached second. So on a bouncer back to the box, three runs scored on what was officially ruled as an error on Benton.
That was the ballgame. Ferriss
pitched brilliant four hit ball as the Sox hacked their way at Tiger pitchers Hal White and Rufus Gentry for six more runs before the Tigers were retired in the ninth-inning. Ferriss has started four games this spring and has been knocked out twice, but
regardless, he has an unbeaten record. In those four games the Red Sox have scored 44 runs. Nobody has ever accorded better support than Dave received today. Best hit of the day was Dom DiMaggio's sixth inning home run, a line drive which bounced off the fourth upright above the left field
fence, and came back to the playing field.