JACK KRAMER, VERN STEPHENS,
STAN SPENCE, BILLY HITCHCOCK
& ELLIS KINDER
BOSTON RED SOX
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Sloppy play by the Yanks
gives one to the Sox
May 1, 1948 ... Just
one everybody was wondering when it would happen, as the Red Sox
finally won a ballgame here at Fenway Park. The Sox hammered four
Yankee pitchers with Jack Kramer and Denny Galehouse pitching for the
Sox and giving the them an 8 to 6 victory before 32,720 happy fans.
The Sox had gone through four consecutive losses in home before
finally finding the win column.
It was Kramer's first victory in a
Red Sox uniform. He pitched eight innings and stayed out front in spite of being
tagged for a pair of three run homers by Joe DiMaggio and George McQuinn. Ed
Lopat, who had defeated the Sox in New York last week, lasted less than one
inning in this one.
The wind and some faulty fielding aided the Sox in knocking him out of the
game. Joe DiMaggio was charged with an error when a single took a bad hop over
his shoulder. By the time Lopat had finally been taken out, the Sox had four
runs cross the plate. DiMaggio's error came with three men on base and all
scored when Bobby Doerr's single hopped over him and rolled all the way to the
wall. In the fifth inning. However, DiMaggio compensated for his miscue by
drilling a towering fly into the left field screen on Kramer's first pitch after
Tommy Henrich and Charlie Keller both had walked. That made the score 4 to 3 at
Ted Williams, with three vicious hits, got two of the runs back when he
doubled home Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky in the last half of the same
inning. Yankee rightfielder Tommy Henrich also had trouble on Ted's smash. The
ball bounced off him into the air after he was running into the field it. Red
Embree, then replaced Lopat, and had done a good job until Ted's double and a
streak of wildness in the sixth inning, forcing in a run on three consecutive
base on balls. His replacement, Vic Rashi forced Vern Stephens to foul out with
the bases loaded, but the Sox came back again in the seventh to score in the
lead 8 to 3. Bobby Doerr singled and went to second on a passed ball. After Jake
Jones had walked, Raschi tried to force Doerr at third on Sam Mele's bunt, but
Bobby was cleaning off his spikes standing on the base, by the time Raschi got
the ball over there. Kramer's fly to left eventually scored Doerr from third.
George McQuinn however kept the Yankees' hopes alive in the eighth-inning.
Yogi Berra and Bill Johnson singled with one out. Then McQuinn clouted a long
drive into the Red Sox bullpen that made it 8 to 6. Rather than take a chance on
Kramer in the last inning, manager Joe McCarthy brought in Denny Galehouse.
After retiring Bobby Brown on an easy pop fly to Dom DiMaggio, Galehouse
promptly set down and Henrich and Keller on called third strikes.
The Yankees play was slipshod the first inning and led to four Boston runs.
Johnny Pesky sliced a fly ball behind shortstop Phil Rizzuto, who ran one way
and then the other, only to see the ball finally drop his feet. Ted Williams was
then hit by a Lopat fastball in the back and Vern Stephens came to bat with the
bases full when he walked. Bobby Doerr lined the ball to centerfield and the
fabulous Joe DiMaggio knelt waiting for only to have it hop over his shoulder.
With any other outfielder making the play probably would've been called the
three base error but Joe isn't supposed to do those things. It was called a
single and a two base error with Pesky, Williams and Stephens coming home on the
miscue. Jake Jones then sent a sinking liner to left that Keller charged in and
tried to snatch at his shoe tops, but he was short on his attempt and Doerr
skipped home with the fourth Sox run while DiMaggio retrieved the ball.