THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
The Red Sox get blown out by Washington
September 29, 1946 ... Playing like chumps rather than champs, the Red Sox brought their glorious 1946 schedule to an inglorious conclusion at Fenway Park, by dropping the final decision to Washington 7 to 0. Only Johnny
Pesky derived any satisfaction from the sloppy Red Sox performance. He rapped out two hits down the left-field line to regain command of the total base hit department in the American League. He wound up with 208 hits against 207 for Mickey Vernon, the Senators batting king, who went hitless today.
There were times in the game that the Red Sox must have been keeping their eyes on the scoreboard, watching the outcome of the National League pennant fight. They fumbled balls, they threw poorly, and acted as if they were sound asleep. Failure to win the final game deprived the Sox of their
initial objective of the year of winning 105 games and tying the 1912 Red Sox for the best total in team history.
Ray Scarborough was the silencer for Washington. He won his first game in four attempts against the Sox. It was his first shutout of the season and only the ninth time that the Red Sox have been shut out all year. Ted Williams made one hit in two at-bats, as well as receiving his 156th base
on balls of the season. He made a spectacular catch of a line drive be on the scoreboard in the second inning, that saved Dobson at the time.
The Sox ended the season with a home record of 60–17 and road Mark of 44–33.
Yesterday's National League finales were as dramatic a pair of contests as had ever been seen. Mort Cooper shut out the Dodgers at Ebbets field, as the Braves beat Brooklyn, 4 to 0. Cooper pitched with but two days rest and racked up his second consecutive shutout. He was ahead of nearly all
the Dodger hitters, throwing 107 pitches without giving up a walk.
In St. Louis, the Cardinals after learning that the Dodgers had been defeated and a victory would put them in the World Series, fell apart in the sixth inning. Eddie Waitkus led the assault on the Cardinals for the Cubs. The Cardinals were squelched by Johnny Schmitz by a score of 8 to 3.
Thus the season ended in a dead tie. Now the Dodgers and the Cardinals will play a best of three series to determine who will meet the Red Sox.
Forced to delay the series opener, the Red Sox made hurried plans to play an American League All-Star team at Fenway Park on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The All-Star team was formed within 12 hours, by American League President Will Harridge. General manager Eddie Collins and owner Tom
Yawkey conceived the idea as a way to keep the Red Sox busy. It was discussed in the morning with manager Joe Cronin who jumped at it. Cronin placed a strong emphasis of putting lefty pitchers on the team to work against the Red Sox, as both the Dodgers and Cardinals have strong
left-handers. All the games will start at 2 PM, and the All-Star players will slice up the profits from the three-game series. The Red Sox players will be given their regular salary based on their daily pay scale.
Bob Feller said tonight that he signed Johnny Sain, the 20 game winner of the Boston Braves to play on his barnstorming tour beginning in Pittsburgh tomorrow. Feller returned by plane to Cleveland from Detroit where he set a new strikeout record in winning his 26th game of the season.