THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ....
Mickey Harris pitches a nice one-run game
August 16, 1946 ... A 4 to 1 kick in the teeth from the Red Sox, put the Yankees a full 13 games behind the American League leaders today at Fenway Park. The attendance was over 29,000 patrons, raising the Red Sox home attendance to over 1,000,000 fans for the year.
Mickey Harris, who was terribly embarrassed in New York last weekend, recovered his poise by limiting New York to a single run on Joe DiMaggio's 19th home run of the season into the left field screen. Harris recovered very quickly, but not so DiMaggio. He withdrew from the game after that
inning, with a sore throwing arm that has gradually been getting worse since he returned to the lineup, after recovering from a knee injury.
Harris scattered six New York hits, that consisted of four doubles and three singles besides the home run. It was Mickey's seventh one run game of the season, but he has yet to throw a shutout. His record is now 15-5. Yankee starter Spud Chandler was beaten for the fourth time in five starts
by the Red Sox.
The Sox made nine hits, Dom DiMaggio's double in the second being the only extra-base hit, this came on top of Bobby Doerr's infield hit. Bobby was run down on Glenn Russell's bouncer to third, so the Red Sox did not cash in. However an error helped the Red Sox score the game's first run in
the fourth inning. Ted Williams walked and was safe at second when Snuffy Stirnweiss dropped Phil Rizzuto's throw on Bobby Doerr's double-play ground ball. He scored on Rudy York's line drive single over second base.
With one out in the fifth inning, the Sox scored two more runs on successive singles by Johnny Pesky, Williams, Doerr and York, before Dominic bounced into a double play. With the score 3-0 in the top of the sixth inning, Joe D. cashed in with his home run. The Sox got that run back in the
bottom half of the inning when Hal Wagner singled, was sacrificed by Harris, and scored on a hot single over first base by Wally Moses, who was back in the lineup after a five-day layoff.
Ted Williams drew his 123rd and 124th walks of the season. The left-field scoreboard now shows a yellow "H' next to the "R" to give a running total of the hits made in the game for each team.