THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
The Red Sox handcuff Chicago twice
June 3, 1946 ... With Dave Ferriss and Joe Dobson delivering a pair of pitching masterpieces, the Red Sox mowed down the White Sox twice by scores 6 to 1 and 5 to 2 at Fenway Park. Their fourth doubleheader win of
the season increased their American League lead to seven games and ran their latest winning streak five straight. The defeat of the White Sox was done such a matter-of-fact manner that many fans had left the park well before the second game was over. The games went by so quickly that the second game was over well before 6 PM.
Dave Ferriss romped to his ninth consecutive triumph without a defeat, while being touched up for ten hits. Yet it wasn't until he issued his one and only pass, when there were two out in the ninth, that a Don Kolloway base hit robbed Dave of his fifth shutout of the year. Once the White Sox
put Bosox runners on base in the opener, Rudy York lost no time in driving them across. He drove across three runs with his fifth homer to give him 31 RBI on the season.
A couple of wild pitches ultimately cost Joe Dobson's chance for a shutout in the second game. One was by the usually flawless Johnny Pesky and the other was by Mike Higgins, making his first reappearance in a Boston uniform.
Tom McBride's walk, Johnny Pesky's single and Hal Trosky's late throw of a Bobby Doerr grounder, filled the sacks in the first inning of the first game. Rudy York hit a liner that pushed Wally Moses to the bleacher wall allowing the first run to score. Luke Appling's boot of Glenn Russell's
ground ball and a walk to Ferriss after two were out, started the Red Sox three runs in the fourth inning. With runners on second and third, a wild pitch accounted for Ferriss and moved McBride to third base. He trotted across on Pesky's single making it 4-0.
Bobby Doerr's triple to the flagpole and Rudy York's fly out added another run in the fifth, before Rudy deposited one of reliever Earl Caldwell's pitches into the left field screen to start the eighth inning, making it 6-0 before the White Sox scored their only run in the ninth.
The Red Sox sewed up the second game with three in the first inning. Pesky singled, Ted walked, and Doerr doubled well up on the wall to score Johnny. York was given an intentional pass and Dom DiMaggio and unintentional pass when Russell grounded a ball back to pitcher Eddie Lopat who
tossed him out of first, allowing Doerr the score. The Red Sox scored two in the fifth on base hits by DiMaggio, Russell and McBride, making it 5-1. Chicago put one across in the ninth on Mike Higgins' wild toss.
With his win, Dave Ferriss joined Hal Newhouser among the nine game winners in the American League. Ferriss has now beaten the White Sox six times in eight starts during his two years.
After being collared in four trips in the opener and walking his first two times in the closer Ted Williams heard a few boos. He responded with a line single to left and was robbed of the base it by Donny Kolloway in his last two appearances. He contributed a fielding gem in the opener when
he pegged out Hal Trosky trying to stretch a double into a triple for the final out in the sixth inning.