THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Dave Ferriss shuts out
the Indians in Cleveland, 4-0
July 30, 1946 ... Home runs by Ted Williams and Glenn Russell provided the scoring, as Dave Ferriss turned in his 17th victory and his 6th shutout, with a 4 to 0 Red Sox win before 56,000 fans at Lakefront Stadium in
Cleveland. Enterprising Bill Veeck has turned his huge stadium into a combination Indian reservation and amusement park for his fans, but all the showmanship didn't help the team on the field.
Ted Williams hit his 28th home run of the year and his first in eight games, while Ferriss faced just 30 batters and only allowed one Indian baserunner to see second base. He didn't walk a man and struck out three in wrapping up his fifth straight victory since the All-Star break.
All the Red Sox scoring was accomplished off Steve Gromek. Williams' home run came with one out and nobody aboard in the fourth inning. The Indians provided their Boudreau shift on Williams, his first time at bat. For his second time at bat, leftfielder George Case played deeper in left
field. The Indians should have followed Ted Lyon's suggestion to put another defender in the bleachers. Even at that right fielder Hank Edwards had to fight off the fans as Ted the Kid's home run just cleared the fence in right field and landed in the first row.
Russell's fourth home run of the year opened up the fourth inning. It was a well stroked line drive deep into the lower left field seats. The Sox completed their scoring in the eighth when Wally Moses continued his hot streak and tagged a three bagger to right-center, between singles by
Ferriss and Johnny Pesky.
Indians owner Bill Veeck, never at a loss to generate revenue and get fans to come to the games will give away 500 pairs nylons at an upcoming game.
Both Mike Higgins of the Red Sox and Mel Harder of the Indians were enthusiastic about what was accomplished at the contract meeting between the players representatives and American League President Will Harridge in Chicago yesterday.