NIGHT BASEBALL &
JACKIE ROBINSON ...
Williams' grandslam highlights the Sox win
May 16, 1947 ... The Red Sox beat the Browns, 12 to 7 at Fenway Park, getting an 11 run lead in the first five innings, but it would've been a sleepy afternoon at it not been for Ted Williams, who once again demonstrated
that he is the best in the league. Four runs in the middle of the game were produced by Ted, when he belted a Walter Brown fastball for a grand slam home run in the fifth inning. Eddie Pellagrini had singled him between walks to Leon Culberson and Johnny Pesky. Then followed one of Ted's most prodigious blasts. It was a 400
foot smash over the Red Sox bullpen and and rose high into the right-field bleachers. The ball was nearly as high as it was long.
In his major-league career, Williams is now hit a grand slam home run eight times. This was the third one at Fenway Park, the others having been accomplished in 1941 and last year. Ted has hit at least one home run with the bases full, during each one of his major league seasons.
Right from the beginning the Sox found Browns starter, Jack Kramer no problem. They scored seven runs on eight of their 10 hits, in the first four innings. For the last four innings, Sox starter, Harry Dorish just coasted along. Eventually he was hit very hard, giving three runs up in the
seventh inning and four in the ninth.
Against Dorish, the Browns did not pass second base in the first five innings, while the Sox were piling up the runs. He had good control, passing only Johnny Berardino until the game was overwhelmingly in hand.
Strangely, Bobby Doerr, who did not have a hit all day, was also important. He drove in three runs with three long fly balls and in the field he was very active, with two putouts and 10 assists. The Red Sox were out hit 12 to 10 and in total bases, 14 to 22.