TED WILLIAMS ON DECK
BOSTON RED SOX
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Tigers give the game away to the Sox
May 4, 1948 ... Art
Houtteman, the Detroit Tigers young right-hander, had to endure
slipshod treatment by his teammates today in the 6-3 defeat handed to
him by the Red Sox. Dave Ferriss won his first victory of the year
for the Sox, but he would still be licking his wounds had it not been
for the complete collapse of the Tigers at Fenway Park.
Houtteman's big trouble was teammate Pat Mullin in right field. Mullin
couldn't catch of ball hit right to him, and then tried to catch one that
belonged to his teammate in the sixth inning with disastrous results. Ferriss
had been removed for pinch-hitter Wally Moses with the score tied at 3 to 3.
Moses singled to center to score Sam Mele and Dom DiMaggio was at bat with one
out. He hit a fly ball to center, much closer to Hoot Evers then to Mullin. But
Mullin wanted to show everyone that he was a good player and sped after the
ball. Evers could have put the ball in his back pocket, yet never had a chance
as Mullin kept running and stuck his glove in front of Evers and dropped the
ball. Moses stopped at third on the play and then Johnny pesky grounded out to
Eddie Mayo at second base and Moses was thrown out at the plate. The side
should've been retired, but Ted Williams came up and smashed a single to center
to score DiMaggio with Pesky going the third. Then Vern Stephens hit a
tremendous triple to center to score both of the runners, making the score 6 to
3 in favor of the Red Sox. Houtteman was through for the day after Bobby Doerr
flied out. Mullin's previous misplay came in the first inning. Pesky doubled to
right-center and Williamson a line drive to right which Mullin moved in for and
then just dropped.
SAM MELE OUT AT SECOND
Houtteman had a moment of defensive brilliance in the third inning, but he
was let down by Mayo. The Tigers scored a run in the opening half of the inning,
to take the lead momentarily, 1 to 0. DiMaggio doubled off the left-field wall
to open the inning and Pesky flied out to Evers. Ted Williams hit a routine
grounder to Mayo, but the secondbaseman fell on his face stopping the ball,
allowing Ted to get the first with a base hit. Houtteman tried to pick DiMaggio
off the bag at third, but his throw went into the dirt and rolled into the
dugout allowing the Red Sox to tie the game.
The Tigers provided more brilliance on the bases during the fifth inning.
Mayo singled and George Kell hit a doubleplay ball down to Doerr, but Bobby
threw wild on the toss over to Vern Stephens and the ball went into left field.
Pat Mullin laid down a perfect sacrifice, only to find Mayo making a late start
for third and Ferris got the force play. Kell then tried to steal third and
Birdie Tebbetts threw him out.
Dom DiMaggio walked in the fifth and stole second, going to third on Pesky's
infield out. Williams was then walked intentionally but Stephens backfired on
the Tigers' strategy by bouncing a single over Kell's head, giving the Red Sox a
2 to 1 lead.
It's any consolation to Houtteman, who now has a 0-3 record, the Red Sox
think he is one of the great pitchers of the future. Birdie Tebbetts gave them
high praise as did Ted Williams.
Dominic DiMaggio's two doubles hopefully had shook him out of his slump. He
is now batting .188 and Johnny Pesky collected a hit and he is batting .216. Sam
Mele also had a double and is batting .214. Williams had two hits and is now
batting a robust .419.