THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ....
Tex Hughson chalks one up on
V-J Day's first anniversary
August 14, 1946 ... It was Tex Hughson versus Dick Fowler today in Philadelphia in front of nearly 14,000 fans at a Ladies Day gathering in Shibe Park. Hughson limited the locals to just four
hits and didn't walk a man as he beat them 3-1, for his 13th win of the year. Hughson a veteran of the US Army air Corps, and Fowler of the Canadian Army put on a real duel in recognition of the first anniversary of V-J day. Fowler could still his teammates for not support. He now is been beaten five times, in as many starts by
the Sox this season. And none of them have the A's scored more than two runs for him.
The Sox reached for 10 base hits and Hal Wagner was the only member not to get one. Johnny Pesky and DiMaggio each collected two including Dom's sixth home run of the season up onto the left-field roof in the ninth-inning.
Hughson would have had a shutout except for some indecision on the part of Tom McBride and Dom DiMaggio on Barney McCoskey's liner to right-center, after two were out in the first inning. It looked as if McBride was going to retrieve the rolling ball, but suddenly he ran right past it.
DiMaggio was standing by and had to pursue the ball to the 400 foot sign at the bottom of light tower. By the time Dom returned it to the plate via Bobby Doerr, McCoskey and negotiated an inside-the-park home run to give Philly a 1-0 advantage.
The Red Sox tied it up in the second on an unearned run. After Doerr went down, Glenn Russell singled into left. Wagner flied out for the second out, but then Pete Suder bobbled a tricky hopper off the bat of Hughson and McBride followed with a dribbler between first and second to score
The Sox had to make four hits for the run that put them ahead in the third inning. Dom led off with a single through the box and Ted Williams doubled down the right-field foul line. When Elmer Valo threw the ball into second, Joe Cronin who was coaching third base, waved Dominic in all the
way. He slid far away under Buddy Rosar's tag but was called out by umpire Charlie Berry. Rudy York followed with a single to left to put Ted on third, who was able to cross when Bobby Doerr singled into left. It was Bobby's 94th RBI of the season.
Only one more member of the Athletics was able to advance beyond first after the second inning. That came in the seventh when McCoskey jarred the ball out of York's glove. The Sox got their final run in the ninth-inning on DiMaggio's homer to make the final 3 to 1. Ted Williams covered a lot
of ground in the outfield making five putouts.