THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
A double win in Washington as Ted hits #23
July 7, 1946 ... Sid Hudson started the first game
for Washington and got shelled for 11 hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. Tex Hughson
held the Senators 10 hits and just one run in the first game.
Ted Williams was on base all afternoon. He was on base nine times in eleven at-bats, drawing five base on balls with three being intentional, and contributing three singles and a two run homer over the right field fence. It was Ted's 23rd home run this year and gave the Sox their first two
runs of the day. The homer came against Sid Hudson in the third inning of the first game and started Boston's deluge of hits.
A five hit, five run attack on Hudson salted away the first game in the fifth inning. It began with a walk to Williams and was topped by a two run single from Glenn Russell, playing third base in both games, and a two run triple by Hal Wagner.
In the second game Emil Leonard, who had shut out the Yankees three days ago, was sent to the mound in the third inning after Walt Masterson had been thumped for four runs in the first two innings. The Sox, thanks chiefly to a two run triple by Bobby Doerr, scored three runs off Leonard in
the fourth inning, to make it 7-0. At that point Bobo Newsom came in and stopped the Sox cold, but his mates couldn't catch up and the Sox won the game 9 to 4.
Clem Dreiswerd, making his first post war start for Boston, bamboozled Washington with his soft curves and pitches in the early innings. In the seventh inning with the Sox in front 8 to 4, the Senators showed signs at the bat. Two men on base Don DiMaggio threw a perfect strike centerfield
to cut down Joe Grace going from second base to the plate. Relief pitcher Bob Klinger stopped the Nats the rest of the way.
Don DiMaggio and Rudy York both contributed five hits during the two games and Wagner slammed his seventh home run of the year against Leonard in the second game. In spite of a bandaged thumb on his throwing hand, Bobby Doerr returned to the lineup. The injured hand handicapped him at bat,
as he tried several times to bunt unsuccessfully, but did sock a two run triple in the second game.