THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ....
Sam Chapman's three homers sinks the Sox
August 15, 1946 ... Joe Dobson has a propensity for serving up gopher balls. Sam Chapman slapped out three of them and Pete Suder produced another home run to account for all the Athletic runs
in today's 5 to 3 defeat at Shibe Park.
Chapman joined Ted Williams as the only players in 1946 to have hit three round trippers in the same game. His first two soared into the left-field upper deck, while his last one was a line drive into the lower left field seats, giving him 15 home runs for the year. Between home runs,
Chapman collected a broken bat single for a perfect four for four day. Suder's smash was his second of the season and he broke a 3-3 deadlock in the eighth-inning.
Luther Knerr went the distance to join Bo Bo Newsom and Phil Marchildon as the only Philly pitchers to have stopped the Red Sox this year. The win was his third of the year against 13 defeats. Luther should have had a shutout, as three of the six singles off him came after the Sox should've
been retired in the third inning.
The Red Sox were down one to nothing at the start of the third. Roy Partee pushed a single into right field and Dobson lifted a pop bunt at Hank Majeski, who wisely trapped it. If his throw to first would have been accurate it would've been an easy double play. Instead he fired miles wide of
the bag into right field. In the confusion Joe almost ran by Partee. Then halfway down the second base he stopped and almost started back to first. Elmer Valo, the right fielder for the A's, finally retrieved the ball from the Boston bullpen and then had the ball slip out of his hands on the
throw, landing 10 feet in front of him. When the laughter had subsided, Partee scored and Dobson was on third. Then followed successive singles by Tom McBride, Johnny Pesky, and Dom DiMaggio giving the Sox three runs and a 3 to 1 advantage.
Wally Moses returned to Boston last night to give his injured hip some whirlpool baths at Fenway Park. Joe Cronin won't know, until he sees Wally tomorrow, whether the right fielder will be in condition to face the Yankees. All but four of the Red Sox squad flew back to Boston in a chartered
plane immediately after the game to get a decent nights rest for opening the Yankees series.