THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TOMMY HENRICH & ALLIE REYNOLDS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Tom Henrich helps knock out the Sox

April 24, 1948 ... Allie Reynolds and the Yankees defeated Joe Dobson and the Red Sox, 7 to 2, in Yankee Stadium, before 44,195 fans to even the three-game series at a game apiece. Reynolds, who sported an overall 9-2 record against the Red Sox, was far from spectacular, getting tagged for nine hits including two doubles, a triple and Ted Williams' second home run of the year, high into the right-field upper deck.

However, Dobson, who now has been knocked out in successive times by the Yankees, including last year, ran into his usual difficulties while his mates chipped in with errors, allowing a pair of unearned runs. Dobson was relieved by southpaw, Mel Parnell and the 19-year-old Mickey McDermott. McDermott was fast, but wild, and apparently in need of further seasoning. Some bad baserunning by the Red Sox, plus bobbles, with Stan Spence and Vern Stephens being guilty of it did not a Dobson at all.

Tommy Henrich was a thorn in the side of the Sox. His homer and double finished the story for any Sox victory today. Henrich sent Yankees off to a 1 to 0 lead in the first inning, when he wailed one of Dobson's serves for his second straight home run into the lower right field stands.

In the fourth inning, with the switch on, Stuffy Stirnweiss took Ted Williams grounder in short right field. Reynolds, covering first, dropped the second baseman's throw for an error giving the Red Sox a life. Spence then walked on five pitches and Stephens moved them over with a nice sacrifice, making Billy Johnson field the ball from third base. Williams then scored on Bobby Doerr's fly out to Joe DiMaggio to tie the game.

The Sox opened the floodgates for the Yankees in the fourth inning with a minor league display of defensive baseball. Henrich again ignited things by walking after Dobson had him down two strikes and one ball. Charlie Keller then singled to right to send Henrich over to third and DiMaggio took a pair of called strikes and then smacked a curve to right-field for a double. McQuinn came up next and slapped one on the grass bounder at firstbaseman Stan Spence which he booted, allowing Keller to score and DiMaggio to take third. Then Billy Johnson hit a doubleplay ball right at Stephens, but the ball bounced off his knee into short left field and DiMaggio scored, making it 4-1.

Then in the fifth inning Joe DiMaggio hit a pop-up that Birdie Tebbetts dropped, allowing Joe to get on first. Billy Johnson bounced one back to Dobson whose only play was to first, allowing DiMaggio to make it to second. Phil Rizzuto smacked one the left to score DiMaggio, making it 6 to 1. At that point manager McCarthy about Dobson in favor of Mel Parnell, who struck out Gus Niarhos to end the inning.

In the eighth, Williams came up and drove his second homer of the year into the upper right-field deck off Reynolds. Spence and Stephens followed with singles, but Bobby Doerr, Sam Mele, and Wally Moses went out on fly balls to end the threat.

In the ninth-inning McDermott walked Rizzuto to start off the inning, then uncorked a wild pitch to send Rizzuto over to third-base. Allie Reynolds scored Rizzuto with a fly ball out to Williams in left, to make the final score 7 to 2.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

 

2

9

3

NEW YORK YANKEES

1

0

0

3

2

0

0

1

x

 

7

6

2

W-Allie Reynolds (2-0)
L-Joe Dobson (0-2)
Attendance 44,195


2B-Tebbetts (Bost), D.DiMaggio (Bost), J.DiMaggio (NY),
Henrich (NY)
3B-Stephens (Bost)
HR-Williams (Bost), Henrich (NY)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 2 .200  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 2 .190  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 1 .300  

 

Stan Spence 1b 2 0 1 .250  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 2 .190  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .105  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 0 .188  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .333  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .200  

 

Matt Batts c 0 0 0 .000  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 0 0 .200  

 

Mel Parnell p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Billy Goodman ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Mickey McDermott p 0 0 0 .00  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 4.2 6 4 3 4  
  Mel Parnell 1.1 0 0 0 1  
  Mickey McDermott 2 0 1 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 3 0 -

 

 

Washington Senators 4 1 -

 

 

Detroit Tigers 3 2 1

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 3 2 1

 

 

St. Louis Browns 1 1 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 2 3 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 1 4 3

 

 

Chicago White Sox 0 4 3 1/2