BOBBY DOERR GETS
LUKE APPLING AT SECOND BASE
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
The Red Sox sweep the pale Sox
July 17, 1946 ... With no more Bob Feller in the park, the Red Sox resumed their winning ways as they twice subdued the 7th place Chicago
White Sox, 3-1 and 6-1, before a capacity crowd at Fenway Park. The ninth twin bill sweep against seven splits for the season, preserved an 11 game lead over the Yankees, who were knocked off by St. Louis twice. Joe Dobson and Dave Ferriss both flashed seven hitters as they racked up their 9th and 14th victories respectively.
Bobby Doerr got four hits and moved into the lead, in the American League hitting race against Ted Williams and Johnny Pesky, with his 108h safety.
Eddie Lopat, who pitched a complete-game in the White Sox opener, gave the Red Sox a battle. He really should have lost only 2-1. Dobson experienced his usual first inning jitters, putting Chicago ahead 1-0.
The Red Sox came up with all their first game tallies in the fifth inning. Roy Partee started it with a blooper just out of the reach of Luke Appling. Tom McBride scored Partee with a well stroked double to left-center. Dom DiMaggio next came through with a clutch double into the left-field
coffin corner to bring in McBride. Next, Ted Williams lifted what should have been an easy fly ball to right, but Thurman Tucker lost it in the sun and let it drop a foot from him, allowing DiMaggio in with the third and final run.
In the second game, Dave Ferriss lost his fifth shutout in the seventh inning. Joe Kuhel lined a triple into the right-field corner and scored on an infield hit down to Glenn Russell. The Red Sox and already put in half a dozen runs at the time. Ted Williams had preceded Bobby Doerr's 12th
home run and 76th RBI, by beating out a single to Don Kolloway. Kolloway had to run in from short right field to field Ted's high bounder in front of second base, as the White Sox were imitating the Cleveland defense used for the Red Sox slugger.
Ferriss, who did enough hitting to win his own game, started the third by reaching on a high throw by Cass Michaels. After George Metkovich sacrificed him to second base, Johnny Pesky singled him in. DiMaggio followed with another hit and both runners advanced on Ted's ground ball to
Appling. Bobby Doerr was intentionally passed to load the bases, but Rudy York was given four balls off the plate to walk and make it 4-0.
Doerr led off the sixth inning with a line single into right center and took second as Appling was throwing out York on the hit and run and move to third on Russell's fly. Hal Wagner walked and Ferriss helped himself with a hot single into center that scored Bobby. Metko sliced a double off
the scoreboard to bring in Wagner and make it an even half dozen.