THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY


 

"WINDY" McCALL

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Windy McCall gets slammed by the Yanks

April 25, 1948 ... If John "Windy" McCall had a doubt that he was in the big leagues, it was quickly removed for him today at Yankee Stadium by Joe DiMaggio. Joe D. drilled a fat McCall pitch into the left-field stands at jet plane speed, with two of his teammates aboard in the first inning, providing three runs as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5 to 4. Lefty Joe Page then slammed the door shut after a four-run ninth inning eruption, that startled the near capacity thronged at the Stadium.

So all this means is that Sox manager Joe McCarthy is still looking for a pitcher who can go the route. And the Sox hitters additionally have been pretty helpless against lefty pitching. Eddie Lopat baffled the Boston batters through eight innings and weakened in the ninth, so manager Bucky Harris called on Page. Johnny Pesky, who would made a disastrous error in the field, came up in the ninth with the tying run on base, but Page struck him out after previously retiring pinch hitter Jake Jones on strikes.

Down 5 to 0, Lopat had put himself in trouble in the ninth inning, walking first Stephens after Stan Spence had flied out. Bobby Doerr tripled mightily to the 407 foot mark in right-center field to score Stephens with the first Red Sox run. Sam Mele singled over second to score Doerr with the second run and Birdie Tebbetts homered into the lower right field stands, to cut the Yankees margin to 5 to 4. Page then came in and faced Jones and struck him out. Dominic DiMaggio reached on Billy Johnson's error to keep the Sox alive. But Page proved too much for Pesky, who struck out to end the game.

Errors by Pesky and Doerr gave the Yankees two unearned runs in the fourth against Harry Dorish, who pitched good relief ball. McCall was extremely wild. He threw 42 pitches over his one in one third inning tenure and was warn down a bit by Johnny Lindell, who hit seven foul balls and then singled for the Yankees second hit. Four straight balls to Frank Crosetti in the second, followed by Tommy Heinrich single, spelled the end for McCall.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

 

4

8

2

NEW YORK YANKEES

3

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

x

 

5

10

1

W-Eddie Lopat (1-0)
S-Joe Page (1)
L-Windy McCall (0-1)
Attendance 44,195

3B-Doerr (Bost)
HR-Tebbetts (Bost), J.DiMaggio (NY)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .167  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 1 .192  

 

Ted Williams lf 2 0 0 .273  

 

Stan Spence 1b 4 0 0 .190  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 1 0 .217  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 2 .240  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 1 2 .174  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 1 1 .211  

 

Windy McCall p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Harry Dorish p 2 0 1 .500  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 1 .333  

 

Cot Deal p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Jake Jones ph 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Windy McCall 1.1 6 3 1 0  
  Harry Dorish 5.2 3 0 3 1  
  Cot Deal 1 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 4 0 -

 

 

Washington Senators 5 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 4 3 1 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 3 3 2

 

 

New York Yankees 3 3 2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 2 2 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 1 5 4

 

 

Chicago White Sox 1 5 4