THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ....
A four run ninth gives the Red Sox
a doubleheader split
August 24, 1946 ... Staging a ninth inning rally for four runs, the Red Sox succeeded in gaining a temporary reprieve from losing their first series of the season at Fenway Park. The league
leaders overhauled the Chicago White Sox by a score of 6-5 in the opener of their doubleheader. The White Sox bounced back to take the nightcap 3 to 1, behind the seven hit pitching of lefty Frank Papish.
Rudy York and Dom DiMaggio provided the thrills in the first game finish, which saw Orval Grove carry a 5 to 3 lead into the final inning for the White Sox. There was nobody out when Rudy and Dom tripled successively to break up the game. DiMaggio's poke tied it, scoring York, but Cass
Michaels' relay from the outfield sailed into the Chicago dugout and Dom scored the winning run.
Practically everybody in the ballpark stayed in the hopes of her repeat performance in the afternoon game, however Papish, who won only two games all season, was not to be denied. On the bright side, Jim Bagby had his second complete full game for the Red Sox. He is now the only Red Sox
pitcher to have gone the route in Boston's last eight games.
An infield hit by Ted Williams touched off the fun in the ninth inning of the opener. Michaels, playing short right field, charged the bounding ball, but Ted just beat the throw to first. Bobby Doerr smashed what looked like to be a double-play grounder at thirdbaseman Don Kolloway, but he
could not handle it and that put Ted on second and Bobby on first.
That was it for Grove and Earl Caldwell came aboard. Rudy York smashed his tripled to the 420 ft corner in right-center. DiMaggio wasted no time either, he smashed his winning wallop to the same rights centerfield slot.
Mickey Harris, the starter, was removed for a pinch-hitter in the last of the third inning after the White Sox tapped him for a 3 to 0 lead. Clem Dreisewerd followed Mickey to the mound and he was removed after the visitors added their last two runs in the fifth inning to make it 5 to 0.
York and DiMaggio provided the first Red Sox run in the fifth. Rudy doubled to left-center and Dom singled him across. The Red Sox added another run in the sixth inning line Tom McBride's walk, Johnny Pesky's double and Ted's infield hit. They chipped away again in the seventh inning, making
the score 5 to 3.
Jim Bagby started as if he would quickly join the list of knocked out Red Sox pitchers in the second game. Thurman Tucker led off the game with a triple to the right-field corner and Luke Appling scored him with a single to right. Hal Trosky whacked out another single before Bagby settled
The Red Sox tied the game momentarily in the third inning, only to see the White Sox bounce back with another run in the fourth. They scored one more in the eighth to put the game away 3 to 1. The Red Sox could not put two hits together in any inning after the third.