THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Bobby Doerr leads the Sox on a batting spree
June 8, 1946 ... The Red Sox grow hotter with the weather as they took apart the champion Detroit Tigers, 15 to 4 in the 89° heat at Fenway Park. None of the onlookers could have asked for more from this eighth
straight win at friendly Fens.
The sunburnt spectators watched Joe Cronin's boys lose no time in handing Hal Newhouser his second knockout of this post war season. Hal took an early shower at the close of the first inning, during which the Sox tapped him for five runs on four hits and a pair of walks. It was Newhowser's
second setback in 11 starts, both at the hands of the Sox in general and Joe Dobson in particular.
Dobson, at the behest of his brother Glenn, went through and pitched today, even with the sudden death of his 81-year-old father in Arkansas last night. Joe will leave Boston today and arrived in plenty of time for the funeral. Through sheer exhaustion, Dobson didn't finish the seventh and
gave way to Bob Klinger after loading the bases with none out in the eighth inning. By that time the game had long been removed from being a contest. Cronin also relieved Ted Williams and Mike Higgins for the final two innings.
The Sox hadn't been stopped with Newhowser and tallied four times against Hal White in the second inning, and three more off Hal Manders in the third. Manders was touched up for three more runs in the sixth inning also. The Tigers fourth pitcher George Casper gave up two meaningless singles
in the later innings that enabled the Sox to set their season's high of 18 hits in a single nine inning game.
Bobby Doerr belted the game's only home run, with two doubles and a single, boosting his league-leading RBI total to 47. Rudy York and Mike Higgins enjoyed a great day, each connecting three times including a double apiece. Although not quite as prolific as the players just mentioned, Ted
Williams had a pleasant afternoon. He started out by making a tricky catch of Eddie Lake's game opening a fly ball into the left-field corner. At bat, the Kid smacked two singles, drew his 54th and 55th walks and lined fiercely to Hank Greenberg.
Tex Hughson tested is ailing hand in batting practice and it is still sore. An interesting visitor to the ballpark was Tom Hughes, 30 years ago pitched a no-hitter for the Braves.