“DIARY OF A WINNER”

DOM DIMAGGIO

THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
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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 down.

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.



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Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

1

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

12

2

 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

4

 

 

6

9

0

 

W-Mace Brown (3-1)
L-Earl Caldwell (11-4)
Attendance - 31,696

 2B-Michaels (Chi), Appling (Chi), Kolloway (Chi),
 York (Bost), Pesky (Bost), Wagner (Bost)

 3B-Kennedy (Chi), DiMaggio (Bost), York (Bost)

 

 

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

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

3

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

7

2

 

 

W-Frank Papish (3-4)
L-Jim Bagby (5-5)

 2B-Wright (Chi), Partee (Bost), Pesky (Bost)

 3B-Tucker (Chi), McBride (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wally Moses rf 3 1 0 .259  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 4 0 1 .337  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 2 .345  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 0 .291  

 

Rudy York 1b 3 2 3 .290  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 2 .328  

 

Mike Higgins 3b 3 0 0 .269  

 

Hal Wagner c 3 0 1 .248  

 

Mickey Harris p 0 0 0 .206  

 

Johnny Lazor ph 1 0 0 .160  

 

Clem Dreisewerd p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bill Zuber p 1 0 0 .067  

 

Tom McBride ph 1 0 0 .303  

 

Mace Brown p 0 0 0 .000  
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mickey Harris 3 4 3 1 2  
  Clem Dreisewerd 2 4 2 0 1  
  Bill Zuber 3 3 0 3 0  
  Mace Brown 1 1 0 1 0  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tom McBride rf 4 0 2 .309  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 4 0 3 .340  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 0 .342  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .289  

 

Rudy York 1b 3 0 0 .288  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .327  

 

Glenn Russell 3b 4 0 0 .219  

 

Roy Partee c 2 1 1 .328  

 

Don Gutteridge pr 0 0 0 .133  

 

Hal Wagner c 0 0 0 .248  

 

Leon Culberson ph 1 0 0 .310  

 

Jim Bagby p 3 0 0 .129  
  IP H ER BB SO
  Jim Bagby 9 9 2 2 2  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1946 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

85 38 -

 

 

New York Yankees 72 50 12 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 66 52 16 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 60 62 24 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 57 65 27 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 55 67 29 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 51 69 32 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 36 82 45