THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

ALLIE REYNOLDS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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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 Cot Deal.

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 hitters.

 

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R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

3

0

 

 

6

11

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

6

0

 

 

W-Allie Reynolds (3-0)
L-Mickey Harris (1-1)
Attendance - 20,716

 2B-Reynolds (NY), J.DiMaggio (NY), Stirnweiss (NY)

 HR-Souchock (2)(NY), Lindell (NY), Johnson (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .162  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 0 1 .184  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 0 .344  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .222  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 1 .257  

 

Jake Jones 1b 3 0 1 .250  

 

Sam Mele rf 3 0 0 .206  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .231  

 

Mickey Harris p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Harry Dorish p 0 0 0 .500  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .250  

 

Cot Deal p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mickey Harris 7.2 10 6 4 3  
  Harry Dorish 0.1 0 0 0 0  
  Cot Deal 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 6 0 -

 

 

New York Yankees 6 3 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 4 4 3

 

 

Washington Senators 5 5 3

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 5 5 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers 4 7 4 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 3 6 4 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 3 6 4 1/2