“DIARY OF A WINNER”

JOHNNY PESKY SCORES
HIS 7TH IN A ROW

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

The Sox stumble the their 14th straight

May 9, 1946 ... The Red Sox put their fans through the emotional ringer at Fenway Park when they stumbled home I had of a cloudburst to make number 14 in their feverish winning streak. This one a 7 to 5 victory over the White Sox. This game was the last of the homestand for the American League leaders, commencing on a beautiful day and winding up two hours later with Mace Brown firing a third strike through the slanting rain and passed pinch-hitter George Dickey.

As the combatants galloped for the shelter of the clubhouse, the ominous clouds opened up in earnest and torrents of rain cascaded upon the infield. It was as if the gods wept for the White Sox who had their sixth run on third base, the tying run on first when young Dickey rifled a stunning shot through the gloom and lodged foul by three feet in the right field grandstand. On the next pitch, Brown drove the ball past flailing bat the third out.

While the sun shined brightly the Red Sox trampled upon their opposition. They had Ed Lopat down for five runs in four innings, led 5 to 2 into the fifth when Johnny Rigney took over. He yielded the sixth and seventh runs when he passed Williams and Doerr's bat's bad out a towering home run which lodged I in the screen above the left field wall.

From there to the finish line the Sox stumbled, staggered and sweated Jim Bagby, started the game and lasted 6 1/3 innings. The White Sox got 13 hits and four runs off him. Mace Brown that point, came to his rescue. With men on second and third, Brown managed to get Mike Tresh to hit an easy fly ball to center with Don DiMaggio camped under it, with Jake Jones racing home ahead of the ensuing throw for the fifth Chicago run. Brown then phase pinch-hitter Hal Trosky who popped up the ball for the final out.

As they had to New York, manager Joe Cronin hopes his pitching staff will right itself, for in the last three games, opponents have scored 21 runs and collected 51 hits. The Red Sox announced that they picked up pitcher Bob Klinger to help in relief. Klinger 162 games and lost 68 in six seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Note that Johnny Pesky's runs scored in the first inning made it seven in a row.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

1

1

2

0

1

0

0

 

 

5

15

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

7

11

0

 

 

W-Jim Bagby (2-1)
S-Mace Brown (1)
L-Eddie Lopat (2-2)
Attendance - 22,392

 2B-Jones (Chi), Lodigiani (Chi), Moses (Chi),
 Wright (Chi), Kolloway (Chi), Culberson (Bost), York (Bost)

 3B-McGah (Bost)

 HR-Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Leon Culberson 3b 5 1 3 .326  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 5 1 2 .427  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 1 .424  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 1 .253  

 

Rudy York 1b 4 0 1 .321  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 0 .386  

 

Tom McBride rf 4 0 0 .200  

 

Eddie McGah c 4 1 1 .214  

 

Jim Bagby p 3 2 2 .286  

 

Mace Brown p 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
  Jim Bagby 6.1 13 5 0 4.24  
  Mace Brown 2.2 2 0 2 0.00  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1946 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

20 3 -

 

 

New York Yankees 15 7 4 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 12 10 7 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 9 12 10

 

 

Washington Senators 8 11 10

 

 

Chicago White Sox 7 11 10 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 6 13 12

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 6 16 13 1/2