THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Mickey Haefner silences the Red Sox
July 6, 1946 ... Today at Griffith Stadium in Washington DC, Mickey Haefner blanked the Red Sox 4-0. Haefner's victory, his second in six days, was witnessed by 18,000 fans.
Four times, with a runner on base, he pitched to Ted Williams. Four times he retired the Boston slugger. Twice, with Johnny Pesky on board and nobody out, he silenced Don DiMaggio, Williams and Rudy York in a row. The last time he faced them it was simple. With Pesky on second and one out,
Haefner struck out DiMaggio and Williams.
The Senators meanwhile ended the mastery held over them by Mickey Harris. Until today, Harris had beaten them four times in four starts this year. Led by Joe Grace, who until recently had been a benchwarmer, the Senators turned on Harris in the first inning for two runs. And in the fourth
they pummeled the Sox southpaw for two more. Jim Bagby came in to relieve and only two men the rest of the afternoon.
The Red Sox have now dropped five of their last seven games. It was Mickey Harris' first defeat in five games.
Earl Johnson left the team to go to Seattle, where his wife was seriously ill after having given birth to their daughter. Bobby Doerr who lost his fingernail in Philadelphia, took some batting practice today. It is still uncertain when he will return to the lineup and if he can play in the