THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY


 

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Johnny Pesky provides a walk-off chiller

April 17, 1948 ... Johnny Pesky came up with a line drive single over the head of Mike McCormick in right field, with one out and the bases loaded. The hit enabled pinch runner, Neill Sheridan, to trot across the plate with the run that gave the Red Sox the city championship, by a score of 2 to 1 over the Braves.

There were 16,343 sets of teeth chattering as Pesky came to bat. Pneumonia was about to replace pennant fever as the common ailment among the chilled customers as Johnny Beazley fired two balls to Pesky in the ninth-inning. Then manager Joe McCarthy sent out Sheridan to run for Matt Batts on third-base. He wanted some speed on the base paths, but it actually wasn't needed. Beazley tried to fire a ball past Pesky, but Johnny pulled the pitch with everything he had, as a shot over McCormick's head, easily allowing Sheridan to score the winning walkoff run.

Mickey Harris and Earl Johnson shared the pitching honors for the Red Sox, with Beazley following Bill Voiselle to the mound for the Tribe. Voiselle and Harris were the two starting pitchers and both permitted one run. The Sox were first the score when Dominic DiMaggio lashed a double between Danny Litwhiler and Clint Conaster in left-center. He moved to third on Pesky's infield out. With Ted Williams at bat, Voiselle uncorked a wild pitch that allowed DiMaggio to score the first run.

The Braves tied it against Harris in the sixth inning. Mike McCormick played the wind perfectly and sliced a drive into right-center for a two bagger. Earl Torgeson was being played to pull the ball to right, so Torgy crossed up the defense and hit one down close to the left-field foul line. Williams sprinted as fast as he could toward the line and as he neared the ball he stretched is far as his arms could with the ball flicking off his glove fingertips. Ted crashed into the wall as the ball rolled away from him for a two base hit and McCormick scored the tying run.

The game looked like it would not go into extra innings as Beazley had pitched three scoreless frames and looked like the prewar ace that helped hurl the Cardinals to a world's championship. Sam Mele open the ninth banging the ball off the wall in left for a double. Beazley then hit Matt Batts to put him on first. Billy Hitchcock came up and batted for Earl Johnson. His orders were to bunt, but Beazley threw two bad pitches to make the count 2-0. That caused a sudden change in Sox strategy. As the Braves infield moved in, Hitchcock popped a short fly that the secondbaseman, who if he was playing in his normal position, could have caught, but it eluded Connie Ryan for a base hit to fill the bases. Dom DiMaggio, who would already collected three hits, rolled one to Torgeson who rifled the ball home and wiped out Mele. Then Pesky sent the customers home just as they were on the verge of frostbite.

The victory was the third in a row for the Sox over the Braves this spring and clinched the championship of Commonwealth Avenue.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

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R

H

E

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

1

4

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

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1

 

 

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 W-Earl Johnson
L-Johnny Beazley
Attendance - 16,431

 2B-McCormick (Braves), Torgeson (Braves),
DiMaggio (Sox), Mele (Sox), Stephens (Sox)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAVES

 

AB

R

H

RBI

 

 

Sibbi Sisti ss 4 0 0 0  

 

Mike McCormick rf 4 1 1 0  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 1 1  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 1 0  

 

Danny Litwhiler lf 4 0 0 0  

 

Clint Conaster rf 3 0 0 0  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 0 1 0  

 

Buddy Kerr c 2 0 0 0  

 

Bill Voiselle p 1 0 0 0  

 

Johnny Beazley p 1 0 0 0  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 5 5 0 2 1  
  Johnny Beazley 3.1 5 1 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RED SOX

 

AB

R

H

RBI

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 3 0  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 2 1  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 1 0  

 

Stan Spence 1b 3 0 0 0  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 0  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 0  

 

Billy Goodman 2b 1 0 0 0  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 1 0  

 

Matt Batts c 3 0 0 0  

 

Neill Sheridan pr 0 1 0 0  

 

Mickey Harris p 2 0 0 0  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 0  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 0  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 1 0  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mickey Harris 7 4 1 4 3  
  Earl Johnson 2 0 0 1 2