THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BIRDIE TEBBETTS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Joe Dobson shuts out Washington

May 15, 1948 ... The Red Sox won their third straight game today, beating the Washington Senators, 5 to 0 at Fenway Park. It was thanks to Joe Dobson's strong right arm and timely hitting against three Washington pitchers, that the Sox took possession of fourth place.

Dobson, winning his second game of the year, gave up only three hits, walked three and permitted only one base runner to reach third base. However, Ted Williams' 11 game hitting streak was snapped, although Washington starter, Walt Masterson, passed the Kid twice. Yet Williams gave another demonstration of his hustle when he got all the way home from first on Bobby Doerr's double off the left-field wall in the third inning.

Dobson had complete command in this game, facing only 33 batters. He faltered in the ninth-inning when he walked the first hitter Al Kozar and balked him to second. He recovered however to erase Gil Coan, Mickey Vernon and Ed Stewart.

The Red Sox went to work on Masterson very quickly. Johnny Pesky singled one past Vernon to right with one out in the first inning. Williams, down two strikes, waited out Masterson and drew a walk. Then Vern Stephens sent a nasty grounder down to the smooth fielding Eddie Yost, who forced Williams at second, and as Kozar was tardy in the relay, Stephens beat his throw to first, preventing the double-play. Wally Moses slapped his first offering to short left, scoring Pesky and giving the Red Sox a 1 to 0 lead.

The Red Sox picked up a couple of runs in the third when Pesky started things off of with a ground single through second and Williams drew another walk. Vern Stephens attempted to sacrifice the runners along and popped a short pop halfway down the baseline, which the incoming Eddie Yost trapped on the short pickup. Wally Moses then slashed a rising line drive to right-center and just as the ball appeared to be falling in, Carden Gillenwater made a diving catch to take extra bases away from Moses. Bobby Doerr came up next and doubled off the left-field wall. The inexperienced Gil Coan let the ball get by him and Williams hustled and sped home behind Pesky for the Red Sox third run.

Birdie Tebbetts led off in the fourth and belted the ball into the right field stands at the foul pole for his second homer the year. That made it 4 to 0 for the Red Sox and that was it for Masterson. Ray Scarborough came into pitch and gave up only one hit in three innings. However in the eighth a walk to Moses and successive ground balls by Doerr and Jake Jones preceded Tebbetts' third hit of the afternoon and sent in the fifth and final Red Sox runner across the plate.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

3

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

x

 

 

5

8

0

 

 

W-Joe Dobson (2-3)
L-Walt Masterson (2-2)
Attendance - 12,834

 2B-Gillenwater (Wash), Doerr (Bost)

 HR-Tebbetts (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .205  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 2 2 .253  

 

Ted Williams lf 2 1 0 .400  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .242  

 

Wally Moses rf 3 0 1 .222  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 2 .247  

 

Jake Jones 1b 4 0 0 .244  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 3 .279  

 

Joe Dobson p 3 0 0 .429  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 9 3 0 3 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 16 6 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 12 5 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 13 8 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 10 11 5 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 11 13 6

 

 

Washington Senators 9 12 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 7 11 7

 

 

Chicago White Sox 3 15 12