THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Bobby Doerr's two HRs beat
Hal Newhouser and the Tigers
August 4, 1946 ... The
versatility of this current Red Sox team was never better exemplified this afternoon when Ted Williams missed his first game of the season, and still his teammates
handed Hal Newhouser his fourth defeat of the year. Newhouser was chased after five innings and the final count over the Tigers was 9 to 4 in a rain delayed game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.
Williams was back in his hotel room suffering from intestinal flu and listened to the radio account of how Bobby Doerr and Mickey Harris brilliantly took his team to a victory. With two home runs, including his first grand slam of the year, as well as a double, Doerr batted across seven
runs. Capt. Bobby was restored today to the runner-up spot of the RBI race with a total of 89, eight behind Ted and one ahead of Rudy York.
Meanwhile Harris hurled his first complete game since July 2nd and notched his 14th victory of the year against five defeats. He had the Tigers shutout on one hit until the sixth inning. A wild throw by Don Gutteridge was responsible for one of the two Tiger runs in the sixth, to make the
score 7 to 2 in favor of the Sox. The Tigers got two more runs in the ninth inning on Roy Cullenbine's ninth home run of the season.
Newhowser has now been knocked out of the box three times the season, and the Red Sox have been the villains each time. The Sox lost no time in showing their intentions to the Tiger ace, who was returning to action following a weeks layoff with a sore arm. Although Newhouser struck out the
side in the first inning, the Sox got on the board with two of their nine runs. Pesky started it with the first of his three hits, scored on Doerr's double to right who also scored on Tom McBride's ground ball that got past Eddie Lake.
Bobby opened the fourth inning with his first home run into the lower left field seats and the fifth inning saw Bobby and his boys open it up. Harris himself inaugurated the parade with a questionable hit on a dropped blooper by Skeeter Webb. Pesky then singled and Wally Moses was grazed on
the shirt by a Newhouser pitch to fill up the bases. This time Bobby unloaded another blast into the upper left field seats for a grand slam, making the score 7-0.
The Tigers got two runs in the bottom of the sixth and the Red Sox added one in the top of the seventh on clean singles by Harris and Moses along with Gutteridge's sacrifice fly. One more in the ninth was provided on Pesky's double past third, a walk to Moses and another RBI for Doerr.
Johnny Pesky's two base throwing error into the dirt on a Hank Greenberg grounder preceded the home run by Cullenbine in the ninth inning for the last two Tiger runs.
The Red Sox squad left at 7 PM tonight by train from Boston and are due at the Huntington Avenue railroad station tomorrow at 1 PM. A couple of days rest, and Ted Williams should be fine to play again.