THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
 
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
 A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The
Sox beat Warren Spahn

April 4, 1948 ... Joe Dobson throttled the Braves on two hits in six innings and Jack Kramer yielded three in the last three frames as the Red Sox defeated the tribe, 3 to 1 and squared Boston's "City Series" at a winner apiece. The experts are agreed that pitching is the number one problem confronting Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy the season. However no fault could be found with the brand served up today by Dobson, who was the ace of the Red Sox staff a year ago, or by Kramer, obtained during the winter from the Browns.

The Sox pitchers had to be good to stay on top of the Tribe's ace, southpaw Warren Spahn, who pitched a full game. Spahn allowed 12 hits, three of them singles off the bat of Ted Williams, but for the most part, did well when he had to. The Red Sox made the going roughest in the fourth inning, when five of them got on safely with base hits. They scored only two runs, but the damage might have been far more extensive had Spahn's tricky delivery not picked off Sam Mele on first base and a critical moment.

The Braves got out front thanks to Jeff Heath's second inning homer. When the Sox came to bat in the fourth, Williams, the American league's leading hitter, showed no respect for Spahn as he singled to center. Stan Spence's hard shot to right-field got by Tommy Holmes and hit the fence on the bound for a double, chasing Williams to third. Mele drove home both runs with a solid hit to left, before getting rambunctious and getting nailed by Spahn.

Johnny Pesky's double and Williams third straight hit, accounted for the other Sox run in the fifth inning. Once the Sox were in the lead, the Braves gave Dobson no trouble. Following Heath's home run, Dobson retired 13 hitters in order, before giving way to Kramer. Kramer was not as effective as Dobson, although he experimented successively with a knuckleball, on which he had been working for some time.

Rain threatened continually and the wind did not abate in the least. Jeff Heath homer was a drive more than 400 feet and was helped by the wind.

Sam Mele was robbed of a single to center when Spahn deflected the ball to Eddie Stanky, who made the play. Otherwise Sam would have tied Williams with three base hits.

 

at Payne Park (Sarasota, FL) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

5

0

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

x

 

3

5

1

W-Joe Dobson
L-Warren Spahn
Attendance


2B-Ryan (Braves), Spence (Sox), Pesky (Sox)
HR-Heath (Braves)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAVES

 

AB

R

H

RBI

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 0 0 0  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 3 0 1 0  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 0  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 0  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 0  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 2 1  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 0 0  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 0  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 1 0  

 

Warren Spahn p 3 0 0 0  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 8 5 1 3 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RED SOX

 

AB

R

H

RBI

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 2 0  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 1 1 0  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 3 1  

 

Stan Spence 1b 3 1 1 0  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 0  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 2 2  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 4 0 2 0  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 0  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 0 0 0  

 

Neill Sheridan ph 1 0 0 0  

 

Jack Kramer p 1 0 0 0  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 6 2 3 0 4  
  Jack Kramer 3 3 0 0 2