THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MEL PARNELL

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Mel Parnell & Ted Williams win one in DC

April 26, 1948 ... Left-handed pitching brilliance and left-handed batting power, broke the Red Sox losing streak as the Sox outpointed the Senators, 6 to 0 in the season's first night game at Griffith Stadium. Mel Parnell supplied the magic on the mound with a five hitter, and Ted Williams supplied the thump at the plate with four straight hits for a perfect night at bat. The Sox beat Mickey Haefner to the chagrin of 29,043 residents of the nations capital.

Parnell was very lucky to get by in the first inning however, when the Senators collected a triple, a single and a walk, but he pitched a superlative ballgame thereafter. Mickey Vernon's single to right hit baserunner Al Kozar in the first. That's what saved Parnell and from then on, the Nats were his. The stylish southpaw walked only two, facing only 32 batters.

Williams was terrific as he knocked out a double and three singles, scoring four times. Matt Batts, playing in place of the injured Birdie Tebbetts, came through with an early game two run single that helped Parnell greatly.

Parnell set Washington down in order in all but three innings and made a pair of slick plays in the field. Johnny Pesky had his best night at third-base, making a pair of remarkable stops on scorching grounders and then blasted a double at the plate.

Williams ignited the initial rally in the fourth inning with a sharp single directly through the box into centerfield. Stan Spence followed with a hard drive through Mickey Vernon, that was called an error and Williams, by hustling, reached third base as Spence was held at first. Sam Mele walked to fill the bases and Batts knocked a single off Mark Christman's glove at deep short, that scored both Williams and Spence.

The Sox added a third run in the fifth inning after two were away. Williams again singled to start things off and Vern Stephens then shot a drive to right-center that was played badly by rightfielder Sherry Robertson, who let the ball bound in front of him and get away. Ted scored and Stephens wound up on third-base. The official scorer gave Robertson an error.

The Sox picked up a pair in the seventh when Johnny Pesky doubled to right with one down. Williams slapped his third straight hit, a single to center, to score Pesky and Stephen singled to right center as Williams legged it to third. He scored on a passed ball by catcher Al Evans.

The Sox final run crossed in the ninth-inning against the relief pitching of the southpaw Forrest Thompson. Williams knocked out his fourth hit, a double, and then after Stephens filed out as Spence and Bobby Doerr walked to fill the bases. Mele's infield grounder took a bad bounce and struck shortstop Christman in the face for a hit that scored Williams.

Williams four for four raised his average to .385 on the season so far. The Sox announced that pitchers Windy McCall and Jim Shea were sent down to Louisville of the American Association.

 

at Griffith Stadium (Washington) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

2

1

0

2

0

1

 

6

10

2

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

5

2

W-Mel Parnell (1-1)
L-Mickey Haefner (1-1)
Attendance 29,043


2B-Doerr (Bost), Pesky (Bost), Williams (Bost)
3B-Yost (Wash)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .179  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 1 .194  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 4 4 .385  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 1 .214  

 

Stan Spence 1b 4 1 0 .160  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .250  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 1 .185  

 

Matt Batts c 5 0 1 .200  

 

Mel Parnell p 5 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 9 5 0 2 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 5 0 -

 

 

Washington Senators 5 3 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 3 2 2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 4 3 2

 

 

New York Yankees 3 3 2 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 3 4 3

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 2 5 4

 

 

Chicago White Sox 1 6 5