THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Dave "Boo" Ferriss pitches a gem in Chicago
May 14, 1946 ... Pitching like the freshman phenom he was billed as a year ago, Dave Ferriss dazzled the Chicago White Sox with a brilliant two-hit shutout, as the Red Sox opened their
initial Western swing with a 3-0 victory today. Rudy York's fourth home run of the season, with Ted Williams on base in the fourth inning, was the most lethal hit for Boston wallops which produced enough runs for the undefeated Ferriss, with his fourth consecutive verdict.
No better pitched game has been whirled by a Sox pitcher this season. Ferriss made only 78 pitches and was behind exactly three hitters all game. One of the two hits against the sophomore was a ball that bounced out of Johnny Pesky's glove behind second base. Counting Luke Appling's clean
right field single in the fourth, only seven balls were hit to the outfield.
Fourteen White Sox batters were retired on infield ground balls. Three were wiped out on infield pop-ups and four went down swinging. Ferriss walked only one batter. Dave wiped out six batters in a row before White Sox second baseman Don Kolloway opened the third inning by lining a soft
drive toward centerfield. Pesky went after the ball, at the sound of the bat and got his glove on it, but it bounced out for a single.
The Red Sox sewed up the game in the fourth inning. With one gone Ted Williams received his second straight pass. Bobby Doerr rolled out the third base as Ted took second. Rudy York pasted a high inside curveball into a runway in the lower deck of the left-field bleachers to give the Red Sox
a 2-0 lead. The Sox added a third run in the seventh. Doerr started this with a line single to left. York's big bat unloaded another and this one caromed off the scoreboard in left center for a double as Doerr checked in at third. DiMaggio was walked on purpose and Hal Wagner rolled a slow
hopper down towards Kolloway, who threw him out at first allowing York to score.
Today's win for the Sox was their 17th of their last 18 starts. During this stretch the Sox have had 12 pitchers go the distance. Two more passes to Ted Williams today, raising his season's total of walks to 34, a pace which will threaten the all time record of Babe Ruth. Bob Klinger joined
the team today but didn't have a chance to play.