“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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A slugfest at Fenway Park

August 21, 1946 ... Batting practice began at 3 PM today at Fenway Park. Happily for Dave Ferriss, the Red Sox out-slugged the St. Louis Browns by a football score of 12 to 9. Ferriss became the first major-league pitcher to earn his 22nd win, and he also emerged with his second 10 game winning streak of the season.

Dave, however couldn't stand the prosperity of an 11 to 1 lead, presented to him by his teammates after two innings. He bowed out after 5 1/3, during which he got belted for 14 hits and seven runs. Bob Klinger came on to weather a few anxious moments and finish the game.

With every member of the Red Sox hitting safely at least once, they combined against three St. Louis pitchers for 18 hits. Ted Williams had three straight singles and two walks for a perfect day. Johnny Pesky also had three singles, while Rudy York and Bobby Doerr both passed the 100 mark in RBI. Bobby is at an even 100, while Ted added one and leads the American League in that department with 109.

A couple of the Browns hitters did even better than the Red Sox in quantity. Jeff Heath rounded out a nice series with four hits, including a triple and a double. Walt Judnich also connected four times with a double. Believe it or not there was not a home run in the total of 35 hits.

St. Louis ran out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, and then Red Sox loaded up in the bottom half. Johnny Pesky, Williams and York singled. York next amazed the crowd by stealing second base and Dom DiMaggio doubled both him and Ted in. DiMaggio scored when Mike Higgins singled, to make the score 4 to 1.

Wally Moses started the seven run second inning by reaching on Mark Christman's fumbled ground ball. Successive singles by Pesky, Ted, Doerr and York sent St. Louis starter Bobby Mucrief to the showers. Lefty Stan Ferens came aboard only to be greeted by DiMaggio's infield hit off Bob Dillinger's glove at third base. Hal Wagner then belted a sinking single into left field. When Jeff Heath lobbed the ball back into the infield Wagner took second.

Dave Ferriss followed and topped a roller down the first base line, which the pitcher Ferens, fired by first baseman Chuck Stevens. When the ball was finally recovered, both Dominic and Wagner scored, with Ferriss camping out on second base. That gave Dave his 11-1 lead.

The Browns came back for one run in the third inning, then three more in the fifth on singles by Jeff Heath, Chet Laabs, Hank Half and Mark Christman, intertwined with a Wally Judnich double. In the sixth, Ferriss was finally sent to the showers after Dillinger's safe bunt and singles by Bernardino and Judnich. St. Louis finished that inning by scoring two more runs to make the score 11-7. They scored two more in the eighth and a double play ball, worked by Klinger, kept the Red Sox from more trouble.

The Sox got one more in the bottom of the eighth against Frank Biscan, who loaded the bases on three walks and then served a single to Tom McBride, who was pinch hitting for Wally Moses.

It was the first time that Ferriss has failed to finish again since June 15th, when the White Sox broke his 10 and 0 record in Chicago. Between then and now Dave has put in 14 straight complete games. He has been knocked out only five times in 27 starts this season.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

1

0

1

0

3

2

0

2

0

 

 

9

17

3

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

4

7

0

0

0

0

0

1

x

 

 

12

18

1

 

 

W-Dave Ferriss (22-4)
S-Bob Klinger (8)
L-Bob Muncrief (3-10)
Attendance - 18.566

 2B-Heath (StL), Christman (StL), Berardino (StL),
 Judnich (StL), DiMaggio (Bost)

 3B-Heath (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wally Moses rf 5 1 1 .264  

 

Tom McBride ph 1 0 1 .298  

 

George Metkovich rf 0 0 0 .233  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 6 2 3 .339  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 2 3 .345  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 1 .292  

 

Rudy York 1b 3 3 2 .286  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 2 2 .324  

 

Mike Higgins 3b 4 0 1 .275  

 

Hal Wagner c 4 1 2 .247  

 

Dave Ferriss p 3 0 1 .229  

 

Bob Klinger p 2 0 1 .286  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dave Ferriss 5.1 14 7 1 2  
  Bob Klinger 3.2 3 2 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1946 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

84 36 -

 

 

New York Yankees 69 49 14

 

 

Detroit Tigers 64 51 17 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 59 60 24 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 56 63 27 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 53 66 30 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 50 66 32

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 37 81 46