THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Ted Williams homers in each game,
but the Sox lose two to the Indians

May 9, 1948 ... Lou Boudreau's Cleveland Indians dished out a double defeat on the floundering Red Sox at Fenway Park, by scores of 4 to 1, in 10 innings, and the second game by a score of 9 to 5. The Indians had beat the Sox seven out of 11 games at Fenway Park last year.

Averting some complete humiliation was Ted Williams, who belted his sixth and seventh home runs, driving in four of the Sox six runs for the day, and Joe Dobson, whose fine first game performance fell short of the combined talents of Bob Feller and Russ Christopher of the Indians.

Standouts for the Indians were Ken Keltner, with three home runs to lead the league with nine, Larry Doby, Feller, Christopher and rookie catcher Joe Tipton. Thurman Tucker was ball hawking all over the park and Lou Boudreau was a maestro at short.

Keltner had two home runs in the first game that sewed up the contest. The first one tied the Sox at 1 to 1 and the second one sparking a three-run rally in the 10th inning.

Down 5 to 2 at the end of six innings in the second game, Sox hurler Ellis Kinder giving evidence of staying the distance, but the Indians broke loose in the seventh inning. They clubbed Kinder and Fritz Dorish, who relieved him, and knocked across seven runs in two innings. Larry Doby hit a two run homer into the centerfield bleachers at the 420 foot marker and rookie catcher Joe Tipton had a three-run blast tie into the left centerfield net.

Meanwhile, Specs Tucker was running all around centerfield, dragging down flyballs, including a pair of drives hit by Bobby Doerr that were headed for extra bases. Russ Christopher was summoned in each game to protect the leads for Feller in the first game and Roy Kleiman in the second game. He beat the Red Sox four times last year as a member of the Athletics and held them down again today. Boudreau, in addition to managing his team smartly, played a superb game at shortstop and smacked out four hits in nine at-bats.

Ted Williams set the Sox off to a 1 to 0 lead in the first game as he slapped a Feller one-one serve into the Red Sox bullpen in the fourth inning. The homer briefly tied Williams with Keltner for the league lead. But in the next round Keltner excepted the challenge and hit one over the left-field wall. Keltner was down two strikes and one ball, when he belted Dobson's offering into left field screen.

The two teams were tied at the end of the game and went into the 10th at 1 to 1. Then Keltner went to work again. After being jeered and hooted at by a noisy spectator, he looked in his direction and then slapped the two-two pitch into left field screen to quiet the noisy Red Sox fan. The blast quieted not only his tormentor, but the whole ballpark (except for the Indians bench).

Although the blast was all that needed to win the game, Dobson gave up two more runs on Dale Mitchell's single, Feller's sacrifice, a walk to Tucker and Doby's base hit. With one out in their half of the last of the 10th, the Sox started a rally which was quickly snuffed out by Christopher. Dom DiMaggio doubled to deep center and Feller was removed from the game to make room for Christopher. He came in and side-armed left-handed hitters Johnny Pesky and Williams, snuffing them out to end the game.

In the nightcap, the fans had visions of no worse than an even split as the Sox came up with three runs off starter Don Black in the first inning. Dom DiMaggio walked and Pesky slammed a double, followed by hard singles off the bats of Williams and Stan Spence. Vern Stephens then hit into a doubleplay, as three runs came across the plate, making it 3-0 at the end of the inning.

But Cleveland hopped back into the ballgame against Kinder in the fourth inning. Ed Robinson scored ahead of Keltner, who unleashed a terrific drive into the centerfield seats.

The Sox got one back in their half when Sam Mele doubled with two outs and Matt Batts singled. The Sox picked up their fifth and final score in the fifth inning when Williams clipped a high fastball directly on a line off the back of the visitors bullpen. That made the score 5 to 2 in favor of the Red Sox.

The Indians tied up the game in the seventh, when Kinder started his own downfall by walking the leadoff man Dale Mitchell. He then got Tipton and pinch-hitter Allie Clarke, but Tucker kept the rally alive with a ground single to left. Larry Doby showed his prodigious ability to clout a baseball by homering into the centerfield seats. Dorish came on to eliminate Boudreau but the game had been tied at 5 to 5.

The Indians won the game in the eighth-inning. Robinson opened with a base hit but was forced at second by Joe Gordon. Keltner was not given anything good to pitch and drew a base on balls. Mitchell next singled to score Gordon and Tipton homered to make it 9 to 4.

In the ninth-inning successive passes were given to Red Sox pinch hitters Billy Goodman and Wally Moses. Christopher came in the game again and struck out DiMaggio and got Pesky to force out Moses at second, completing the sweep.

 

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Game #1

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2

3

4

5

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7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

 

4

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

8

1

 

 

W-Bob Feller (3-2)
S-Russ Christopher (3)
L-Joe Dobson (1-3)
Attendance - 34,298

 2B-Boudreau (Clev), Robinson (Clev),
 Stephens (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost)

 3B-Wood (StL), Platt (StL)

 HR-Keltner (2)(Clev), Williams (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

2

0

0

3

4

0

 

 

9

10

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

8

0

 

 

W-Ed Kleiman (1-0)
S-Russ Christopher (4)
L-Harry Dorish (0-1)
 

 2B-Boudreau (Clev), Pesky (Bost), Mele (Bost)

 HR-Keltner (Clev), Doby (Clev), Tipton (Clev),
 Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 3 .197  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .209  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 1 .390  

 

Stan Spence 1b 4 0 1 .286  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .250  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .194  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 0 .207  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 0 .204  

 

Joe Dobson p 3 0 2 .545  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .286  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 10 9 4 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 0 .188  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 1 .211  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 2 .397  

 

Stan Spence 1b 4 0 1 .282  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .250  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .185  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 1 1 .210  

 

Matt Batts c 3 0 2 .333  

 

Billy Goodman ph 0 0 0 .667  

 

Ellis Kinder p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Fritz Dorish p 1 0 0 .250  

 

Cot Deal p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Wally Moses p 0 0 0 .286  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ellis Kinder 6.2 6 5 3 2  
  Harry Dorish 0.2 3 4 1 0  
  Cot Deal 1.2 1 0 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 12 5 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 10 4 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 10 6 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 6 7 4

 

 

Washington Senators 8 9 4

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 7 10 5

 

 

Detroit Tigers 8 12 5 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 3 11 7 1/2