“DIARY OF A WINNER”

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

October 14, 1946 ... No game scheduled ... Today the Red Sox marched into Sportsman's Park for batting practice and Ted Williams, who has been in a major slump during the series, was showering the ball park with savage drives.  The crack of his bat pierced the air like exclamation points.  For 10 minutes he battered pitcher Mace Brown.  The other players said nothing to him.  They just gave each other looks of approval and amazement.  Williams walked away with swagger.  He liked what he had done.  He was laughing as he went to pick up his glove.

Both teams worked out at the ball park, with far more Red Sox players tuning up than Cardinals.  It was a voluntary drill and players like Marty Marion, Enos Slaughter, Terry Moore felt they had played enough baseball and welcomed the day off.  Slaughter was at the park tending to his ailing elbow in the trainer's room.  Dom DiMaggio was a Red Sox absentee.

The rest will be up to Dave Ferris, who will start tomorrow after pitching a shutout in his only World Series appearance.