THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
101 wins ties the 1915 Red Sox
for wins in a season
September 22, 1946 ... By beating Washington, 4 to 1, at Griffith Stadium, Tex Hughson not only rang up his 19th victory, but also pitched the Red Sox to their 101st win of the season. The Sox had waited 31 years for
winning this number of ball games. It was in 1915 that the Speed Boys, under the the manager Bill Carrigan, finished their champion season with a record of 101–50. This year's Red Sox should better that mark, but must take four of their five remaining home games to equal the 105 game winning string of Jake Stahl and the 1912
champion Red Sox.
Hughson pitched outstanding ball again today, after allowing the Senators all six of their hits and their only run in the first four innings. Following Jake Earley's double with one out in the fourth, Tex watched his opponents go out in order for the remainder of the game. Seventeen
successive hitters were retired. Early in the contest Stan Spence, Sherry Robertson, as well as Earley, hit Hughson for doubles, but the only Washington run, which arrived in the third inning, was brought across on Joe Grace's deep fly to Dom DiMaggio.
Hughson was steady all the way. His only base on balls was issued to Buddy Lewis in the third inning, and he hung up his only strikeout at the expense of the league's leading hitter, Mickey Vernon in the sixth inning.
The Red Sox hit Early Wynn safely nine times, with the four runs coming each in a different inning. Johnny Pesky's long double in the opening inning, scored Don Gutteridge from first base. In the third, with Gutteridge on third base, Ted Williams got an RBI on a slow roller to Robertson, who
had no chance to head off Gutteridge at the plate,
Glenn Russell hit a home run into the left-field seats in the fourth inning, when the Sox were leading 2 to 1. Wally Moses popped the ball into an open space in right field, in the ninth-inning for the first home run he has made as a member of the Red Sox.
Mickey Vernon increased his lead over Williams slightly, by making one single in four times at bat, while the best Ted could do was a base on balls in five times at the plate. The Red Sox have now won 15 of the 19 games they have played with Washington.
The team headed for the airport and began the flight back to Boston at 7 PM.