THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Dave Ferriss makes his record 8-0, with 2-0 shutout
May 29, 1946 ... Making his eighth consecutive triumph six hit shutout, undefeated Dave Ferriss equaled his phenomenal freshman record as he whipped the Athletics, 2-0 at Fenway Park this
afternoon. Ferriss had to be at his best to conquer the last-place As. He was opposed by Phil Marchildon who showed just as much courage against the Red Sox as he did when he was a tail gunner over Germany and later a Nazi POW. Phil yielded five hits, but an error and a pass where his undoing.
The way Ferriss mowed down Philly, it was a breeze for the Sox who maintain their 6 1/2 game lead over the Yankees. Only one visitor managed to get is far as second base off Ferriss. Dave faced only 32 batters.
The shut out was his fourth of the year. Outside of the
six base hits, only for balls were driven beyond the infield. Ferriss had superb support, something which he required on a few occasions. Twice Don DiMaggio made sparkling catches of well stroked line drives, the second being converted into a smart doubleplay. Ted Williams also contributed a
fine catch, leaping against the left-field stands to grab a lofty foul smash.
The question asked a year ago about Ferriss was the concern that would he be as effective against the major league hitters once the war was over and the game's stars were back with their teams. He has already answered that question positively.
Johnny Pesky, although hitless, scored both Boston runs. And it was Dom who drove in the first run with an infield hit. With one gone in the sixth inning, Pesky reach first on an error by George McQuinn. Williams followed with a long liner down the right-field line for a double, Pesky
checking at third base. Bobby Doerr was passed intentionally to load the bases. Then DiMaggio hit a roller between third and short. Pete Suder raced over for it but he couldn't make the play at second, so he hurriedly tried to get Dom at first, but he was late as Dom legged it out for an
infield hit that broke up scoreless tie.
Boston's final run was recorded in the eighth-inning. Pesky opened up with a pass and took second on a groundout. Following Doerr's fly ball, Rudy York lined a single to left to score Pesky for the extra tally.
Ernie Andres who was given the first shot at third base by the Red Sox this spring, has been optioned off to Buffalo. The Sox have three more players to dispose of before the June 15th deadline.
Walter Johnson, former Nats superstar pitcher, remains gravely ill of a brain tumor late today in a Washington hospital. His condition has grown progressively worse with his left side becoming paralyzed. Members of his family were called to his bedside.