THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY


 

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Red Sox lose two in the Fenway Opener

April 19, 1948 ... The courage of a war hero, who became an ace pitcher, sent sober thrills to the fans at Fenway Park this afternoon. Lou Brissie's war story is common knowledge to thousands of Americans. Struck by a German shell, his left leg was shattered. Given up for dead, he fought his way back with 23 operations and 40 blood transfusions to save both his life and the remnants of his limb. Today in the sixth inning of the second game, a bullet line drive struck by Ted Williams, hit him in the left knee above his protective aluminum brace. Brissie went down in a heap, but withstood the agony and stayed in the game, to hand the Red Sox their second defeat of the day 4 to 2. It was his display of courage that is seldom seen in the arena of sports.

After the game thousands of Boston fans milled around the dugout for a close-up glimpse of the young pitcher would had just throttled their favorite team. Brissie, a rookie with the Philadelphia Athletics, was hit by 21 shell fragments as an infantry man in the Appenines Mountains operation which saw 11 of his mates killed in action. Refusing to allow an operation which might have cost him a leg, he moves about with a brace similar to a catcher's shin guard, from his knee the down to his ankle. Williams' vicious line drive hit him just above the guard knocking him to the ground. The entire park to a man gasped audibly and Williams kicked at the first-base bag with disgust as Brissie lay on the ground, writhing in pain. However after a five-minute timeout, the brave young pitcher took up his pitching duties and went the distance. After the game he was taken to the hospital for x-rays which came back negative and he will be fine.

Phil Marchildon outlasted Joe Dobson and Earl Johnson in the morning game, which the A's won 5 to 4 in 11 innings. The A's 19 game winner in 1947 was stunned, as the Red Sox' Stan Spence, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr swatted successive homers in the second inning, for what appeared to be a sufficient 3 to 1 lead behind Dobson. However, Marchildon calmly pocketed his fastball, and using a good curve, stayed the top man before 22,409 early risers. He gave up seven hits, four after the third inning, and walked five. He didn't strike out a man but left nine men on the bases.

The Athletics put a Sam Chapman single and a Pete Suder double together in the fifth inning for a run, and knocked out three doubles in the eighth to tie up the game and send the contest into extra innings. In the 11th inning, Buddy Rosar doubled off the left-field wall and Suder singled him to third base. Eddie Joost, who had fanned on four of his first five at bats, then spanked a harsh ground ball between short and third to score the winning run. The Sox made a game of it, in a dying jester in their half of the inning. Vern Stephens singled, and after Bobby Doerr and Sam Mele each flied out, Jake Jones reached an outside curve and sent a drive to left field, which Barney McCoskey misjudged and then dropped for an error, allowing Stephens to get to third. Wally Moses came in to bat and he grounded down to Suder, but his throw was in the dirt to Ferris Fain at first and the runner was called safe, with Stephen scoring and Hitchcock heading to the plate at full speed. Fain whirled and sent a bullet throw to Rosar, who although hit hard by Hitchcock held the ball for the tag, the out and the win.

In the afternoon game, Brissie was the story. He walked but one man, Dom DiMaggio in the eighth-inning, giving up four hits and striking out seven. The teams were knotted at one run apiece and going into the fourth inning. With one out, Stephens error on Chapman's grounder gave the A's a second life. Rosar took a low pitch and lined it off the left-field wall, as Chapman held third. With first base open, Suder was walked to load them up. Brissie then smacked Denny Galehouse's first pitch to right-field for two runs and Suder, who reach third base on the play scampered home on Eddie Joost's fly ball. The Red Sox scored their final run in the sixth inning when DiMaggio doubled with one out and scored on Williams drive off Brissie's knee.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

 

R

H

E

 
 

PHILA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

2

 

5

14

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

4

7

0

 

 

W-Phil Marchildon (1-0)
L-Joe Dobson (0-1)
Attendance - 22,409

 2B-Majeski (2)(Phil), Suder (2)(Phil), McCoskey (Phil),
 White (Phil), Rosar (Phil), Williams (Bost),
 Dobson (Bost)

 HR-Spence (Bost), Stephens (Bost), Doerr (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

PHILA ATHLETICS

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

4

7

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

2

4

4

 

 

W-Alfredo Aceves (9-1)
L-Graham Godfrey (1-2)
Attendance - 37,039

 2B-Suder (Phil), Rosar (Phil), Majeski (Phil),
 Mele (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 1 .200  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 0 0 .000  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 1 .250  

 

Stan Spence 1b 5 1 1 .200  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 2 .500  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 1 .200  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 0 .000  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .000  

 

Jake Jones ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Billy Hitchcock pr 0 0 0 .000  

 

Joe Dobson p 3 0 1 .333  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 10.1 14 5 2 9  
  Earl Johnson 0.2 0 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 1 .250  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .000  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 1 .250  

 

Stan Spence 1b 4 0 0 .111  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .250  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .125  

 

Sam Mele rf 3 1 1 .143  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .000  

 

Denny Galehouse p 1 1 1 1.00  

 

Johnny Ostrowski ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Fritz Dorish p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Mel Parnell pp 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Denny Galehouse 6 6 2 4 0  
  Fritz Dorish 2 1 0 0 1  
  Mel Parnell 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 2 0 -

 

 

New York Yankees 1 0 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 0 0 1

 

 

Chicago White Sox 0 0 1

 

 

St. Louis Browns 0 0 1

 

 

Cleveland Indians 0 0 1

 

 

Washington Senators 0 1 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 0 2 2