THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
The White Sox beat Hughson
despite Ted Williams' HR
May 15, 1946 ... Last Friday in New York, Tex Hughson was the victim of a 2-0 setback which ended the Red Sox 15 game winning streak. Today, the hard-luck pitcher was the victim of a 3 to
2 setback which ended a six-game losing streak by the White Sox. In both games, the only to drop by the Red Sox in their last 19 games, Hughson pitched well enough to win. Lack of batting support, which highlighted the Sox surge to the American League lead, deprived Tex of the ballgame.
This afternoon the Red Sox were held three scattered hits by John Rigney. He had to be relieved in the ninth inning by left-hander Edgar Smith, when the Red Sox threatened to overcome the two run deficit. They fell one run shy when Tom McBride, representing the tying run, was erased
attempting to steal second.
Deprived of batting practice for the fourth straight day because of the wet field due to early-morning rains, the Red Sox hardly tossed a scare into Rigney until the ninth inning. Ted Williams homered in the first inning, a huge 400 foot belt up into the upper deck of the vacant right-field
stands. This was the lone run off Rigney until the ninth. Rigney began to wilt as he passed Dom DiMaggio. Hal Wagner lined a single to center sending DiMaggio to third. Ben Steiner was then inserted to run for Wagner. Manager Joe Cronin sent out left-handed hitting Dave Ferriss to bat for
Ernie Andres. When White Sox manager saw this he brought in left-handed pitcher Eddie Smith. Then Cronin countered with Glenn Russell to pinch-hit for Ferriss. His best effort was a fly ball out which brought DiMaggio home after the catch. Tom McBride then took Hughson's turn at the plate.
He hit one down the third base line that seemed like a base hit, but Bob Kennedy dove for the ball, stopped it and fired to second base for the force out. With two outs Cronin sent up Roy Partee the fourth Boston pinch-hitter of the inning. With the count two strikes and one ball, McBride
broke for second. Catcher George Dickey rifled to Kolloway to rub out McBride and the Red Sox rally.
Right after the game the Red Sox rushed to St. Louis. During their last four games the Red Sox have only made twelve hits. They were deprived of batting practice each time. Before the game the Chicago baseball writers presented Dave Ferriss with the
Comiskey Memorial plaque as last year's outstanding rookie in baseball.