NIGHT BASEBALL &
JACKIE ROBINSON ...
The Red Sox sweep a doubleheader in Chicago
July 17, 1947 ... Joe Dobson joined the 10 game winner's circle as the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the White Sox at Comiskey Park before 13,290 fans. Dobson had an easy time in handing
the White Sox a 4 to 1 loss. Earl Johnson came into the second game in the ninth-inning, with the score tied at 3 to 3 and handled the Chicago batters easily, bringing his own bat into the picture for an 11 inning, 6 to 3 victory.
Ted Williams started the winning rally of the nitecap, with a single to left field and was sacrificed to second by Bobby Doerr. Dom DiMaggio got an intentional pass before Birdie Tebbetts singled into right to score Ted. Johnson, who had smashed three hits off Al Benton in winning his game
last week, hit a tremendous double to right-center that scored both DiMaggio and Tebbetts, to give the Red Sox the 6 to 3 margin.
Johnny Pesky's double to right-center in the fourth inning was the only base hit made off Bob Gillespie until two were out in the eighth-inning. At that point, Jake Jones, Tebbetts and Dave Ferriss, who was batting for Harry Dorish, singled in succession for a run that made the score 3 to 1
in favor of Chicago. The Red Sox then tied the score in the ninth on Doerr's homer, just inside the foul line in left, with Wally Moses on base.
The opener was Dobson's first complete game in a month, and the big right-hander showed no indication of still being bothered by a sore arm, handing out only six hits to the White Sox batters. Sam Mele was back in right field and started Dobson off towards his victory when he tripled to
right in the first inning. Johnny Pesky was on base and scored a moment later on Ted Williams' fly to left field.
Dobson did not allow a hit until the fourth inning when Luke Appling started with a sliced singled to right, followed by a single to left from Taffy Wright. The inning ended when Rudy York hit into a double play.
The Red Sox got another run in the sixth inning. Doerr opened up with a long double off the left-field wall and Roy Partee singled to right, making the score 3 to 0. The White Sox got a run in the bottom of the seventh but the Red Sox came back in the eighth to score their final run off
Thornton Lee. DiMaggio singled, stole second and was driven in by Jake Jones, making the final score 4 to 1.
Johnny Pesky raised his batting average over .300 in the opening game with three hits.