“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
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The Sox make a nice comeback for
a doubleheader split

August 18, 1946 ... Teetering on the precipice of their first doubleheader loss of the season, the Red Sox rallied for two runs in the eighth inning of the second game for a 4 to 3 victory and a split with the Yankees today at Fenway Park. The fans were rewarded when Mike Higgins doubled off the left-field wall score Bobby Doerr, who came all the way around from first, with the deciding run in the nailbiter second game.

In that second game, down 3 to 2 in the eighth inning, Ted Williams pushed a towering two bagger that dropped inches short of the fence in left, as Joe DiMaggio, who was playing left field for the Yankees, was positioned so far towards center that he couldn't catch up to it. Bobby Doerr promptly executed a beautiful bunt along the first base line, and pitcher Joe Page fielded the ball so close to line, that he hit Bobby on the shoulder with his throw to first. The ball caromed toward second baseman Joe Gordon, as Williams kept right on going past third base and scored the tying run standing up.

It looked for a minute as it Doerr would be stranded on first. Rudy York made a gigantic bid for a home run, but the wind pushed it down toward the waiting Joe DiMaggio within the shadow of the left-center wall. Dom DiMaggio then lofted a fly ball deep to Johnny Lindell. Up next came Mike Higgins, who had already celebrated his return to the lineup, by hitting a double, which scored the Sox second run in the fourth inning. Mike hit a low line drive that smashed up against the scoreboard. Doerr knowing Joe D. was not used to playing the wall, kept running as the ball scooted by him. Joe recovered in plenty of time but Bobby was faster and slid in with the go ahead run.

Bob Klinger then came in for his 20th relief appearance and got the Yankees out 1-2-3 in the ninth-inning. Earl Johnson, handling his first starting assignment since the end of June, was ripped for two runs in the fourth inning, to give the Yankees a 2 to 1 lead. But the Red Sox tied it up in the fourth on a walk to Dominic and Higgins double to left-center.

The Yankees grabbed the lead back in the eighth-inning on Henrich's single, DiMaggio's walk, and Lindell's liner to center.

The Yankees took the opener five to nothing, when Floyd Bevens became the first pitcher to shutout the Red Sox for nine innings at Fenway Park this season. Charlie Keller's three-run homer into the Yankee bullpen wrecked Tex Hughson's attempt to match Bevens.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

0

4

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

8

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

6

1

 

 

W-Bill Bevens (14-8)
L-Tex Hughson (13-10)
Attendance - 33,437

 2B-Moses (Bost)

 HR-Keller (NY)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

3

8

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

x

 

 

4

9

0

 

 

W-Bob Klinger (3-0)
L-Joe Page (6-6)

 2B-Niarhos (NY), Rizzuto (NY), Higgins (Bost),
 Williams (Bost), Doerr (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wally Moses rf 3 0 2 .273  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 3 0 1 .334  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 0 .338  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 1 .291  

 

Rudy York 1b 3 0 1 .289  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 2 0 0 .318  

 

Glenn Russell 3b 4 0 0 .223  

 

Hal Wagner c 4 0 0 .243  

 

Tex Hughson p 1 0 0 .129  

 

Paul Campbell ph 1 0 0 .095  

 

Clem Dreisewerd p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mike Higgins ph 1 0 1 .269  

 

Mike Ryba p 0 0 0 1.00  

 

Tom McBride ph 1 0 0 .294  
    IP H ER SO ERA  
  Tex Hughson 5 7 5 3 2.97  
  Clem Dreisewerd 2 1 0 1 3.46  
  Mike Ryba 2 0 0 3 4.63  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tom McBride rf 4 0 1 .292  

 

Wally Moses rf 0 0 0 .273  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 3 0 2 .336  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 2 .339  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 1 2 .293  

 

Rudy York 1b 4 0 0 .287  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 2 1 0 .317  

 

Mike Higgins 3b 4 0 2 .274  

 

Roy Partee c 3 0 0 .333  

 

Earl Johnson p 2 0 0 .333  

 

Mace Brown p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Bob Klinger p 1 0 0 .250  
  IP H ER SO ERA
  Earl Johnson 5 6 2 4 3.02  
  Mace Brown 2.1 2 1 0 2.33  
  Bob Klinger 1.2 0 0 0 1.65  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1946 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

82 35 -

 

 

New York Yankees 67 48 14

 

 

Detroit Tigers 64 49 16

 

 

Washington Senators 57 60 25

 

 

Cleveland Indians 56 61 26

 

 

Chicago White Sox 52 64 29 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 49 64 31

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 35 81 46 1/2