THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Jack Kramer beats the Sox for the second time
June 17, 1946
Kramer set down the reeling Red Sox with five singles, all in
different innings, as the sixth place Browns handed the Sox a 7-1
trouncing at Sportsman's Park. Kramer, who blanked the Sox with three
hits on May 16th, joins Earl Caldwell of the White Sox, as the only
pitchers who have beaten Boston twice this season.
It was Kramer's seventh win
against one loss that sliced the
Sox lead over the idle Yankees
to 7 1/2 games. The only Boston
run in the third inning was a
gift, when Chet Laabs made a
three base error on George
Metkovich's fly ball. Johnny
Pesky then slapped a grounder to
Johnny Berardino whose throw to
the plate was high. The run,
which gave the Red Sox a 1-0
lead, was destined to marked the
fourth time in the last five
games that the Sox got out in
front and blew the lead.
Starter Mickey Harris was
perfect against the first ten
St. Louis batters, but with one
out in the fourth inning,
Berardino and Vern Stephens
lined successive homers into the
left-field seats. Before the
fatal fourth inning was
concluded, the Brownies and
added three more cheap runs.
Manager Joe Cronin let Harris go
one more inning, before calling
on Mike Ryba. The Browns scored
two more runs in the fifth
inning, giving them the 7-1
final score. Kramer really
poured it on down the stretch.
The only hits over the last five
innings were by Harris and Ryba,
along with Mike Higgins.
Don DiMaggio and Bill Butland
visited Dr. Hyland today. The
famed St. Louis physician
ordered Dom to remain out of
uniform and take diathermy
treatments while he was here. He
advised Butland to keep throwing
and work the soreness out of his