THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Mickey Harris handcuffs the Yankees

April 23, 1948 ... Mickey Harris put the Red Sox in the win column today as he hurled a five hitter at the New York Yankees before 44,609 home opening fans at the Stadium. In making manager Joe McCarthy's Yankee Stadium debut as a rival manager, Harris shutout the Yankees by a score 4 to 0.

While Ted Williams, with his first home run of the year, and a pair of singles paced the offense, followed by Bobby Doerr and Birdie Tebbetts, it was a clutch pitching of Harris that made the afternoon. He walked four and struck out one, weathered a pair of dangerous innings in the fourth and fifth, then permitted but one hit in the last four frames. He was aided by the fine defensive performance in centerfield by Dominic DiMaggio, while his big brother Joe, received his 1947 most valuable player award before the start of the game. Dominic threw down eight fly balls, taking an almost certain get away from Phil Rizzuto and one from Bill Johnson.

The Yankee pitching was nothing in comparison to Harris' exhibition as Yankees starter Frank Shea, who went five innings was in constant trouble. He was relieved by Joe Page, who walked three batters in two innings and was no better than Page. Red Embree was the only one who set the Sox down, but it was too late. Shea got into hot water by walking Harris to open the third inning. Dom DiMaggio wore him down by fouling off numerous pitches and finally was rewarded with a walk. Then Ted singled to right center and Harris was on the verge of pulling up at third-base. But Joe DiMaggio fumbled the ball, allowing Harris to scamper home with the first Red Sox run.

Bobby Doerr started the fourth inning with a single to left, went to second on Sam Mele's roller, and later scored on Tebbetts base hit, to give the Red Sox their second run. The game was practically put on ice in the next inning. Williams walloped the ball over the head of the leaping Tommy Henrich into the right-field stands at the 340 foot mark. Henrich all but dismembered himself by jumping and half falling into the stands trying to reach the drive.

Stan Spence singled to right and a Yankee fan reached out to touch the ball in fair territory to make it an automatic ground rule double. Then Vern Stephens drilled a hot grounder that broke through Billy Johnson and Spence stopped at third. With this set up, Bobby Doerr flied out to Joe DiMaggio in fairly short right field and the entire stadium waited with bated breath to see if his questionable arm would make a good throw. DiMaggio's throw went weakly to the pitcher's mound and was taken on a cut-off to keep Stephens from going the second. Doerr scored on play but the crowd murmured about the weak throw made by Joe D.

The Sox did no further scoring but the Yankees didn't do any either. Harris first applied the brakes in the fourth when he flirted with danger by walking Johnny Lindell. Joe D. drilled a single to left and the runners moved up as Vern Stephens was throwing out Souchock at the plate. Harris intentionally passed Johnson the load the bases and Stephens came up with Phil Rizzuto's hot ground ball to start an inning ending double play.

In the fifth inning, Gus Niarhos was passed and with two outs Henrich singled. Johnny Lindell walked to fill the bases and up came Joe DiMaggio in a position to tie up the game. Joe sent a low liner, which nearly got by Johnny Pesky, but the Sox third baseman nailed the ball to end the threat.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 

4

7

0

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

5

2

W-Mickey Harris (1-0)
L-Spec Shea (0-1)
Attendance 44,619

2B-Spence (Bost)
HR-Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 2 0 0 .133  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 0 .125  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 3 .313  

 

Stan Spence 1b 3 1 1 .200  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 0 .176  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 2 .235  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 0 .133  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .154  

 

Mickey Harris p 3 1 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mickey Harris 9 5 0 4 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 2 0 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 3 1 -

 

 

Detroit Tigers 3 1 -

 

 

Washington Senators 3 1 -

 

 

St. Louis Browns 0 1 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 1 3 2

 

 

New York Yankees 1 3 2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 0 3 2 1/2