NIGHT BASEBALL &
JACKIE ROBINSON ...
Doerr's two home runs pace
the Sox in beating the Yanks
August 9, 1947 ... After batting in four runs in last nights win, Bobby Doerr lined two home runs into the left field screen, to pace the Red Sox in their second straight lacing of the New York Yankees, 6 to 4 at Fenway
Park. He clipped starter Allie Reynolds, usually a Sox nemesis, for his 12th round tripper in the sixth inning with Ted Williams on base, then in the eighth inning with the score tied at 4 to 4 he tagged Spec Shea for his 13th, again with Ted on base.
Dave Ferriss, who aided his own cause by knocking home the first two Red Sox runs in the second inning with a double down the left-field line, pitched a good game until he was threatened in the ninth-inning. Earl Johnson came on the scene after Ferriss had disposed of leadoff hitter Yogi
Berra, had walked Aaron Robinson, and had two called balls on George McQuinn. It was a ticklish situation but Johnson zipped over a called curveball strike before McQuinn took another strike, and finally went for a bad ball and popped out to catcher Roy Partee. Johnson then got Johnny
Lindell to take a strike, and his next pitch was a fly ball out to Dom DiMaggio that ended the ballgame.
The Yankees started off the game by getting two runs off Ferriss, when Snuffy Stirnweiss walked, preceding Tommy Henrich's blast into the right-field stands, making it 2 to 0. The Red Sox got back the two runs in the second inning after two were out. Partee and Dente walked and then Ferriss
looped a ball into short left field, that Berra tried to make a diving catch on, but couldn't control the ball and both runs scored to tie the game.
Robinson's triple off the centerfield wall preceded Bill Johnson's loop single to right for the Yankees third run in the third inning. As the Red Sox opened the sixth, Ted Williams, who was not handed any good pitches to try, hit a bloop single to left that dropped in front of Berra. Doerr
came up next and took a called ball, and then pulled Reynold's next pitch into the netting in left to give the Red Sox a 4 to 3 lead.
The Yankees again knotted the score in the eighth. Rizzuto doubled off the dead center field wall and scored when Bobby Brown came off the bench to hit for Reynolds, and singled cleanly to left on a 3-1 pitch. But in the eighth-inning, it was Williams. He took a Shea 3-2 pitch and drove it
directly at shortstop Rizzuto playing 10 feet to the right of second base. The drive had such force, that it struck the Yankee shortstop on the inside of his bare left arm, stunning him momentarily. Rizzuto found the ball behind him but it was too late to make a play. Doerr again on the
second pitch, slapped the ball on top of the left-field fence into the net for the ballgame and his 74th RBI, one behind Williams.
Ted provided one of the fielding gems. It came at a critical moment as he went to his left quickly to stick out his glove and Rob Berra of a double, just preceding Robinson's triple. Robinson had quite a day with two triples and a double. The Yankees have lost four of their last five ball
games. Joe DiMaggio said today that his neck injury is getting better and would join the Yankees against Cleveland.