THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
The Red Sox make it 100 wins
September 21, 1946 ... Leon Culberson's sharp single to center in the 11th inning gave the Red Sox their 100th victory of the season, when they beat the Washington Nationals by a score of 7 to 5 at Griffith Stadium. The
game was costly in several ways. Bobby Doerr had to retire in the seventh inning when he was spiked by Joe Grace on the left leg. Ted Williams, hit on the hip with a pitched ball, had to retire in the eighth-inning. Williams and Doerr were taken out of the game for precautionary reasons more than anything else. Bobby has a 2
inch cut below his left knee and it did not require any stitches.
Before being taken out of the game, Ted doubled to left in the first inning, driving in his 120th run and received his 152nd base on balls. His batting average went up to .344, but Vernon also picked up a point during the game, going up to .356
Dave Ferriss failed to notch his 26th win, would have tied Grover Cleveland Alexander at 47 victories for the freshman – sophomore record. The Red Sox played the game this evening to help raise $5000 for Walter Johnson, who is fighting for his life in a Georgetown hospital.
Ferriss was shelled in the eighth inning when Mickey Vernon triple to right-center to send the Senators into a 5 to 4 lead. In that same frame, Don Gutteridge had hit his first home run of the year, with Pesky and Williams aboard to put the Sox out front 4 to 2.
It was Johnny Pesky who drove home Boston's tying run in the ninth-inning which sent the game into extras. Wally Moses opened the 11th inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Johnny Pesky. After Dom DiMaggio was passed intentionally, Culberson singled to center scoring Moses.
When Stan Spence allowed the ball to escape him, DiMaggio sprinted all the way in from second base.