THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
An eighth inning home run
beats Dave Ferriss and the Sox
June 22, 1946 ... The roof fell in on the Red Sox this afternoon at League Park. In the eighth-inning Les Fleming singled and Hank
Edwards homered over the right field fence off Dave Ferriss, for the runs that presented the Cleveland Indians with a 4 to 3 comeback victory. It came on the day when Bill Veeck and Bob Hope became new owners of the team.
The saddest part of this eighth defeat in their last 10 starts for the sinking Red Sox is that Ferriss had Edwards in the hole for two strikes and one ball just before he connected over the high 290 foot screen in right field. Dave, who now has three straight setbacks, following his 10th
straight wins, firing a sinker ball that didn't sink.
With the game tied at 2-2, starter Red Embree was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. In the eighth Joe Krakauskas was brought in and worked the last two innings to notch the victory. But it wasn't easy. With two away in his first inning of relief, he was wild. He walked both
Mike Higgins and Tom McBride and then got Rip Russell on a ground ball back to him, which he had trouble fielding, but managed to make the out.
In the first inning the Indians scored twice, but in the second inning the Red Sox got one run back. Bobby Doerr dropped a triple into the right field corner to start the inning and scored while Don DiMaggio was grounding out. In the fourth inning the Red Sox tied up the game when Hal Wagner
hit his third home run of the year over the right field fence. It was Hal, who put the Red Sox momentarily ahead in the seventh. Rudy York hit a high fly ball that catcher Frankie Hayes fell down, trying to catch. Dom promptly bunted York along and Higgins was purposely walked. Hal Wagner
then lined a single off the right-field wall score York and put the Red Sox in the lead 3 to 2.
The loss marked the eighth time this year the Red Sox have blown a lead. The Sox have batted .160 in their last five games.