BOSTON RED SOX
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Allie Reynolds dominates the Red Sox hitters
April 30, 1948 ... The
New York Yankees blasted southpaw Mickey Harris from the mound before
20,706 "Ladies Day" fans at Fenway Park, and then waltzed away to a
one-sided 6 to 0 verdict behind the six hit pitching of Allie
Reynolds. Landing on Harris' early game first pitches, the Yankee
lineup had three of their members all hit home runs, as Steve
Souchock, with two, Billy Johnson and Johnny Lindell all hit the ball
out of the yard. The homers were a deadly portion of the 11 hits that
were good for 26 bases against Harris and relievers Harry Dorish and
The only Red Sox threat was turned aside by a superb throw from Johnny
Lindell with catcher Gus Niarhos applying the tag at home in the seventh inning.
It preserved Reynolds' shutout and also kept Harris in the ballgame, permitting
the Yankee big guns to place it beyond the Red Sox reach, with a three run, two
homer arrived in the top half of the next inning. Harris would've been lifted
for a pinch-hitter had the Red Sox threat continued the inning before.
The Yankees lost little time in taking advantage of Harris. Souchock, playing
first base in place of veteran George McQuinn, hit Mickey's first serve high
into the left field screen to open the second inning. Harris lost his game right
after that as Reynolds doubled to left to lead off the third. After Rizzuto and
Henrich went out, Lindell sent a fast one into left field screen and Harris,
keeping the ball away from Joe DiMaggio went to a 3-0 reading, before Joe teed
off for a 420 foot double to centerfield. Vern Stephens saved further
embarrassment at this point, as he went behind second to nip Souchock on a
grounder, getting him only by inches at first.
Harris remained in the game and although hit with some authority, emerged
unscathed through the seventh inning. But the Yankees jumped on him again in the
eighth. Henrich hit a 2-0 pitch for a single but went out stealing. Harris
walked Lindell and Jones took Joe D's pop fly for the second out. Souchock, who
went 0 for 4 against Harris in New York, then sent his second round tripper into
the screen on a Harris fastball. That was it for Harris and Harry Dorish took
over to retire the side, with Deal pitching the ninth.
With two outs in the eighth-inning, Johnny Pesky singled and went down
stealing with Williams at the plate. The Kid walked to open the ninth but
Reynolds forced Stephens to hit into a doubleplay. Doerr flied out to Lindell to
end the inning.
Reynolds was in command throughout and threw an even 100 pitches, where as
Harris was decidedly off in his control and threw 146. Reynolds has faced Ted
Williams eight times in two games and walked him once, but Ted hit him for a
home run the other time. Outside of his two walks allowed today, Reynolds'
control was so good that he went to a three ball count on only two Red Sox