BOSTON RED SOX
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bobby Doerr with a 10th inning walk-off HR
May 12, 1948 ... Bobby
Doerr smashed a three run homer to give the Red Sox a 10 inning, 6 to
5 victory at Fenway Park. Everyone in the crowd of 8267 knew where
the fastball from pitcher Earl Harrist was headed, once Doerr made
contact. It landed somewhere over the screen in left centerfield.
White Sox leftfielder Bob Kennedy tossed his glove in the air as he watched Ted
Williams and Wally Moses lead Doerr across the plate. Williams had walked and
Moses had singled in front of him. The catcher, Ralph Weigel, stood as though
petrified, as Harrist walked slowly toward him. It was fully a minute after
Doerr across the plate that the pair finally headed for the White Sox clubhouse.
They may have been wondering if they would ever win a game, after having tossed
away their two run lead in the opening half of the inning, made against Sox
reliever Denny Galehouse.
Three singles in the second inning had put the Red Sox ahead, 1-0, but the
White Sox got two runs in the fourth to give them a 3 to 1 lead. Orval Grove,
their only full game pitcher of the year had pitched well. He passed Birdie
Tebbetts to open the 7th inning. Billy Hitchcock ran for Tebbetts and then Wally
Moses singled to right. Stan Spence, out of the lineup because of a recurring
leg injury, came up to pinch-hit for starter Mel Parnell, and singled sharply to
right with Hitchcock stopping at second. Dom DiMaggio attempted to sacrifice but
Weigel was able to force Hitchcock at third. Then Johnny Pesky grounded out to
Floyd Baker at second. With men on second and third, the question of putting on
Ted Williams with the winning run, faced manager Ted Lyons. He allowed Grove to
pitch to Williams, and Ted singled through second to score both runners and tie
up the game.
To add to the White Sox worries, Williams promptly stole second base. It was
his first stolen base in three years, probably occasioned by the threat of a
thunderstorm. Stephens then singled sharply to left, but Williams was cut down
at the plate on a fine throw by Kennedy.
The 10th inning found Luke Appling starting with a base hit for Chicago. He
was sacrificed along by Weigel and Taft Wright hit a long fly to center which
DiMaggio grabbed close to the Red Sox bullpen. Dave Philley was then purposely
walked, but Kennedy doubled off the left centerfield wall to score both runners
and give the White Sox a two run lead. Cot Deal replaced Galehouse for the Red
Sox and intentionally passed Michaels, and then got Harrist to ground out. Deal
threw but five pitches in his relief role and was given credit for the victory.
There might never have been a chance for Doerr's home run, except for a
doubleplay started by Johnny Pesky in the ninth. Cass Michaels had walked and
Ralph Hodgin pinch-hit for Grove. Hodgin tried to bunt on the first pitch but it
rolled foul. He then tried to smashed the ball through the in-rushing Pesky, but
Johnny grabbed the ball and threw to second. Vern Stephens had to take a long
stride at second to take Pesky's throw, but he was there and had Michaels and
then was able to double up Hodgin at first. Pesky also started a doubleplay the
eighth after grabbing Kennedy's sizzler to his left.
Tex Hughson, the best pitcher in the American League less than two years ago,
was sent out to the Austin Pioneers in the Big State League. A sore arm has made
a minor leaguer of Hughson, which is more than opponent's bats, a close fence,
or a tight spot ever was ever able to do.