THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

LARRY DOBY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Larry Doby and the Indians thump the Sox

May 10, 1948 ... The Red Sox fortunes did not shifted all as they went down to their fifth straight defeat, and the third at the hands of the Cleveland Indians by a score of 12 to 7 at Fenway Park. Larry Doby, enjoying a vicious hitting spree, paced the rampaging Indians. He clouded two singles, a double and a home run.

The Indians rubbed salt in the Red Sox wound as they completed a nice triple play in the eighth-inning. Wally Moses was on second and Birdie Tebbetts on first, when Billy Goodman, pinch-hitting for McDermott, lined into the triple play. The drive was taken by Boudreau, who made a quick flip over to Gordon, racing Moses and a speedy return cut down the backpedaling Tebbetts at first. It was the first Indians triple play since they victimized Joe Cronin's Red Sox a decade ago.

Dave Ferriss, boasting a 9-3 lifetime record against Cleveland, was the victim of two 3-run innings at the games outset. He was succeeded by rookie southpaw, Maury McDermott, who although wild, showed spasms of good pitching and amazing speed. Al Gettel was on the mound for the Indians and was not around long, as the Red Sox scored three in the first inning. The Sox succumbed however the relief pitching of Ed Kleiman, except for the final inning when Steve Gromek came in to end the ballgame.

The Indians went to work on Ferriss immediately. Specs Tucker tripled to right-center and scored on Doby's double to left. Lou Boudreau then slashed a single inside the right-field foul line to score Doby and the bases were then filled on successive walks to Eddie Robinson and Joe Gordon. Ferriss struck out Kevin Keltner, but Boudreau crossed the plate on Dale Mitchell's force out of Gordon at second, giving Cleveland a 3 to 0 first inning lead.

Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams singled after Dominic DiMaggio went out, to open the Sox first inning. They both scored on Stan Spence's third home run of the year, the ball hitting the back wall of the Indians bullpen. That tied up the score at 3 to 3.

The Indians continued their offensive against Ferriss, picking up another cluster of three runs in the second inning. With one down, Larry Doby smashed a terrific home run 25 rows into the right-center field bleachers over the exit. It was a home run the second it left the bat on Ferriss' first pitch. Lou Boudreau then walked, and after Robinson flew out to Wally Moses, Joe Gordon homered high into left field screen, scoring Boudreau ahead of him. That made the score 6 to 3. McDermott came into pitch in the third inning the Red Sox and gave up a run when he walked Dale Mitchell, Jim Hegan and Tucker, and then passed Boudreau to force in the Indians seventh run.

In the Sox half of the third inning Ted Williams and Spence walked. Boudreau then removed the starter, Gettel, and brought in Kleiman. He became the happy recipient of a nice double play started by Ken Keltner on a ball by Vern Stephens. as Spence moved to second on the twin killing and scored on Bobby Doerr's single the left-field corner, making it 7 to 4. That was all for the Sox until the ninth-inning, when a mild flurry knocked out Kleiman and brought in Gromek.

The Indians picked up another pair of runs against McDermott in the sixth inning on walks to Robinson and Mitchell, and Keltner single and another one by Jim Hegan. They added their final three in the ninth-inning against Chuck Stobbs on Tucker's walk, a single by Doby, a double by Boudreau and another single by Robinson, giving them 12 runs.

The play the game was made by Dominic DiMaggio who robbed Joe Gordon of extra bases, as he ran up against the left centerfield wall, and grabbed the ball with both hands as he banged against it.

For Cleveland, it was their 10th win in the last 14 games at Fenway Park, and its 16th in 25 over the Red Sox, including last year.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

3

3

1

0

0

2

0

0

3

 

 

12

12

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

 

 

7

11

0

 

 

W-Ed Klieman (2-0)
S-Steve Gromek (1)
L-Dave Ferriss (1-1)
Attendance - 11,101

 2B-Doby (Clev), Boudreau (Clev), DiMaggio (Bost),
 Doerr (2)(Bost), Pesky (Bost)

 3B-Tucker (Clev)

 HR-Doby (Clev), Gordon (Clev), Spence (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 2 .208  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 2 2 .227  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 2 2 .409  

 

Stan Spence 1b 4 2 1 .279  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 0 .234  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 3 .217  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 0 .182  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .208  

 

Dave Ferriss p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Mickey McDermott p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Billy Goodman ph 1 0 0 .500  

 

Chuck Stobbs p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dave Ferriss 2 5 6 4 1  
  Mickey McDermott 6 4 3 7 4  
  Chuck Stobbs 1 3 3 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 12 5 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 11 4 -

 

 

New York Yankees 11 6 1

 

 

Washington Senators 9 9 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 6 8 4 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 8 12 5 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 7 11 5 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 3 12 8