THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ....
Ferriss fails to win one in Philly
September 7, 1946 ... Dave Ferriss had his latest and longest big-league winning streak shattered this afternoon when he was setback by
Jess Flores and the Philadelphia Athletics by a score of 4 to 2 in front of 11,000 friendly and quiet Philadelphians. In failing to extend his string of successes through a 13th game and missing the 25 game victory circle, Ferriss dropped his first game since July 4th when the Athletics beat him here, 3 to 2.
Flores, who outpitched Ferriss today, has been red hot this past month. His victory today was his sixth in a row, and it was the first time in this string, in which he has allowed more than one run. He held the Red Sox to five scattered hits, the last of which was Ted Williams' 35th home run
with the bases empty and two outs in the ninth-inning.
They hit that costs Ferriss his fifth setback of the season, was stroke by Oscar Grimes in the fifth inning. With a man on first and two outs, Grimes just tucked the ball into the left-field facade for an automatic home run. It was his first of the year and it was a high fly ball that
carried about 340 feet and bounced back onto the field.
Ferriss' start was a wobbly one. He walked leadoff man Elmer Valo and then picked him off first. Barney McCoskey hit a double off the fence in right and Buddy Rosar popped one up to Johnny Pesky that he lost in the sun. It went for a single and scored the first run of the game.
The A's made it 3 to 0 in the fifth inning before the Red Sox would come back for one run in the seventh. Held to two hits in the first six innings, the Red Sox didn't threaten to score until Flores became a bit wild, walking Pesky on four pitches. Dom DiMaggio topped a roller down the
third-base line which was good for a scratch single, putting Johnny on second. Ted Williams then hit a high fly ball that allowed Pesky to move to third after the catch. Rudy York hit a deep fly to McCoskey to score Johnny and make the score 4 to 1.
Philly recaptured that run in their bottom half of the inning and the final run of the game was made on the Williams home run in the ninth. It was a majestic clout that easily cleared the right-field fence and probably landed on a porch in front of a house across the street.