“DIARY OF A WINNER”

TED WILLIAMS, BOBBY DOERR,
TEX HUGHSON & DOM DiMAGGIO

THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...

Ted hits for the cycle with seven
hits, in doubleheader sweep

July 21, 1946 ... While the Red Sox were twice sinking the Browns by scores of 5 to 0 and 7 to 4, Ted Williams was making seven successive hits, four of which rounded out coveted cycle of a single, a double, a triple and a home run, which was his 27th of the season in the second game. It was the first time that Ted as ever turn the cycle, made seven straight hits, or collected seven safeties in a doubleheader.

It was the 10th Sox sweep of a doubleheader which saw Dave Ferriss fashion his fifth shutout of the season and his 15th win in the opening game. It also gave Joe Cronin's crew an 11 1/2 game lead over the Yankees who lost to the White Sox.

Ted flied out lazily to Walt Judnich in short center, for his first time up against Tex Shirley in the opener. He then singled off Shirley, singled off lefty Stan Ferens and doubled off Ellis Kinder. In the second game the Kid socked his homer into the far end of the right field grandstand extension, to provide the first Sox run in the second inning of the nightcap. Cliff Fannin was the starter and destined to suffer his first major league loss in three starts.

In the next inning Ted tripled off the St. Louis bullpen wall, with the ball caroming off Judnich's shins to give Ted an extra base after it bounded off the barrier. Ted completed the decimation of Fannin with a run producing single into center during the four run uprising in the fifth inning. Williams was the first batter to face lefty Sam Zolak in the seventh and he rounded out his cycle by doubling down the first base line into right field.

Ted came up again against Zolak in the eighth-inning and demonstrated that he used human after all. He looked at three straight strikes to end the inning. Still his seven for nine boosted his batting average twelve points to .365 as he regained the American League lead by eight points over Mickey Vernon, who only went 4 for 8 in his days work.

Dave Ferriss really was close to his best in the opening game. Like so many other ballplayers he lost the headlines only because is on the same team with the superstar Ted Williams. Dave allowed just five singles, didn't walk a man, let only three runners get beyond first, and faced just 31 batters. Ferriss struck out six, including called strikes on Vern Stephens, Johnny Berardino and Jeff Heath in the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, both Tex Shirley and Stan Ferens were victims of their own wildness. With two away in the third inning of the opening game and Johnny Pesky aboard after walking, Ted singled and Shirley walked both Bobby Doerr and Rudy York to force in another run. In the second game Ferens started the fourth inning by passing Wagner. Wagner moved to third on groundouts and Dom DiMaggio sent a sinking double through Heath's legs to bring home Wagner. Pesky and Ted singled to bring in Dom.

Joe Dobson got credit for his 10th win in the second game but needed the help of firemen Bob Klinger. With the game tied at 2-2 in the fifth inning, Dobson himself started by walking. Then, in rapid succession, singles by Metkovich, Pesky, DiMaggio and Ted along with a sacrifice fly by Bobby Doerr brought in four runs in a game the Sox ended up winning 7-4.

The Sox left for Chicago after the game with one group flying from Logan airport and another group leaving by train from the Huntington Avenue railroad station.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

5

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

5

8

1

 

 

W-Dave Ferriss (15-4)
L-Tex Shirley (5-10)
Attendance - 32,771

 2B-Williams (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

0

0

 

 

4

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

1

0

4

0

1

0

x

 

 

7

10

0

 

 

W-Joe Dobson (10-3)
S-Bob Klinger (6)
L-Cliff Fannin (2-1)

 2B-Dillinger (StL), Christman (StL), Russell (Bost), Williams (Bost)

 3B-Williams (Bost)

 HR-Judnich (StL), Williams (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

George Metkovich rf 4 0 0 .237  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 3 2 1 .313  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 .338  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 3 .358  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .313  

 

Rudy York 1b 1 1 0 .270  

 

Mike Higgins 3b 4 0 1 .262  

 

Hal Wagner c 3 1 1 .263  

 

Dave Ferriss p 3 0 1 .217  
               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
  Dave Ferriss 9 5 0 6 2.91  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

George Metkovich rf 4 1 1 .237  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 5 2 1 .312  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 2 2 .339  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 0 4 .365  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 2 0 0 .311  

 

Rudy York 1b 3 0 1 .271  

 

Glenn Russell 3b 4 0 1 .228  

 

Roy Partee c 1 0 0 .333  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 1 0 .097  

 

Bob Klinger p 1 0 0 .300  
  IP H ER SO ERA
  Joe Dobson 6.2 7 4 6 3.75  
  Bob Klinger 2.1 2 0 0 1.87  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1946 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

65 25 -

 

 

New York Yankees 53 36 11 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 49 37 14

 

 

Washington Senators 44 42 19

 

 

Cleveland Indians 41 47 23

 

 

St. Louis Browns 38 50 26

 

 

Chicago White Sox 34 53 29 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 26 60 37