NIGHT BASEBALL &
JACKIE ROBINSON ...
Bobby Doerr's 3-run homer saves the Red Sox
May 11, 1947 ... The Red Sox needed all six of their first inning runs and more to beat the Yankees at Fenway Park. A three run homer by Bobby Doerr, the first a hustling secondbaseman as ever blasted into the centerfield
bleachers, and brilliant defensive play by Rudy York highlighted the Red Sox 8 to 7 triumph over the New York Yankees.
That six run lead was broken down all afternoon as New York threatened to make it four wins in five starts against the champions this year. The boys from the Bronx battled right down to the wire, and it took a relief pitching job by Earl Johnson to squelch the final Yankee assault in the
The first two innings were terrific as 11 runs and a 11 hits were scored at the beginning. Forty three batters stepped into the batter's box, and one hit batter and seven passes later had the Sox leading 7 to 4, going into the third inning. The important blow for the Red Sox was struck by
Doerr against Floyd Bevens in the first inning.
Red Sox starter Tommy Fine, who watched his teammates produce a six run inning, could not stand the prosperity and soon trudged off to the showers, after passing the first three Yankee batters in the second inning. And so it happened that Harry Dorish took up the burden to avert serious
trouble until two men were out in the ninth, when he was greeted by singles from Snuffy Stirnweiss and pinch-hitter Johnny Lindell. At this point, it was Earl Johnson who stepped in and saved it again for Dorish.
Rudy York's great fielding will be remembered. Four of the balls hit to him were screamers. First he robbed Tommy Henrich of at least a double by going to the foul line and spearing a line drive. Later he did a similar thing to Yogi Berra. In the eighth he stole another two base hit from
pinch-hitter Johnny Lucadello. And at the finish, after singles from Stirnweiss and Lindell, he went off his feet smother a shot from George McQuinn.