THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TED WILLIAMS & SAM MELE

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Four Sox HRs bury the Athletics

April 29, 1948 ... The Red Sox broke open the game in Philadelphia on four home runs, hit by Ted Williams, Sam Mele, Jake Jones and relief pitcher Joe Dobson, at Shibe Park before 2522 fans. The winning pitcher was Earl Johnson, who tired badly in the late innings, twice being unable to hold a five-run lead.

Johnson's ability to get rid of Barney McCoskey and Ferris Fain helped him immensely throughout the game in the early innings. Elmer Valo, who just returned to the Athletics lineup, was the big hitter of the days for Philly. He belted out a lengthy home run, a double and two singles, as well as walking once.

The Red Sox made easy work of starting pitcher, Bill McCahan. He was followed in turn by southpaw Alex Kellner, right-hander Charlie Harris and Bob Savage from Manchester, New Hampshire. Savage was treated the worst, as the Red Sox blasted two home runs off him, one by Dobson with one aboard, and the other by Jones. Jones had replaced and Spence at first base in the A's third inning, after Stan had pulled a leg muscle while running out of base hit.

The Sox got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Johnny Pesky walked and Ted Williams took the ball and deposited it over the 331 foot mark on right-field wall for his third home run of the year, and the 200th of his career. The Sox added two more runs in the next inning when Bobby Doerr walked and Sam Mele belted a curveball off the façade of the left-field upper tier. It was Mele's first of the year and made the score 4 to 0.

The Red Sox scored one more in the third inning, when with two down, Spence doubled off the right-field wall and scored on Vern Stephens singled to left. That made the score 5 to 0.

But in the fourth inning Elmer Valo stepped on Johnson's first pitch right off the right-field tower, as the ball bounced onto the rooftops on 20th Street, to cut the lead to 5 to 1. The A's picked up their second run in the fifth on Buddy Rosar's single, a walk to Pete Suder and Eddie Joost's hard grounder that got by Pesky.

A walk to Vern Stephens, a double by Bobby Doerr off the lower left field screen and a single by Sam Mele to center, gave the Sox two more in the sixth inning, making it 7-2.

The Athletics started a mild flare-up in the seventh, when Buddy Rosar homered into the upper left field deck on Johnson's first pitch and Rudy York singled to center. However Johnson bore down to get Joost and McCoskey. The A's were able to pick up another pair of runs in the eighth as Johnson was tiring, when Valo opened with a single to center and took second on a balk. Hank Majeski then topped a slow roller toward short, that Vern Stephens couldn't handle, putting runners on first and third. Don White skied a sacrifice fly ball, that scored Valo and successive singles by Rosar and Suder scored Majeski. Chapman ended the threat by lining out to Bobby Doerr, but it now was 7 to 5.

The Sox put it away for good in the ninth-inning. Birdie Tebbetts singled and scored ahead of pitcher Joe Dobson, who homered into the left-field stands. After Ted Williams walked, Jake Jones smashed a home run into the upper deck in left field. That was the scoring for the day and the Red Sox walked away with an 11 to 5 win.

Ted Williams, who was hit three homers and eight games, last season hit three homers in six games. His batting average of .379 compares to .360 for last season, .387 for 1946, .367 for 1942, and .444 for 1941.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

2

1

0

0

2

0

0

4

 

11

9

1

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

2

0

 

5

10

0

W-Earl Johnson (1-0)
S-Joe Dobson (1)
L-Bill McCahan (0-1)
Attendance – 2552


2B-Spence (Bost), Doerr (Bost)
HR-Williams (Bost), Mele (Bost), Dobson (Bost),
Jones (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 0 .152  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 0 .171  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 2 1 .379  

 

Stan Spence 1b 1 1 1 .192  

 

Jake Jones 1b 3 1 1 .200  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 1 .219  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 2 1 .258  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 1 2 .226  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 1 .217  

 

Earl Johnson p 3 0 0 .000  

 

Joe Dobson p 1 1 1 .333  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Earl Johnson 7.2 9 4 2 5  
  Joe Dobson 1.1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 6 0 -

 

 

New York Yankees 5 3 2

 

 

Washington Senators 5 4 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 4 4 3

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 4 5 3 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 4 6 4

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 3 5 4

 

 

Chicago White Sox 2 6 5