THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox blow a 6-0 lead

May 18, 1948 ... The Red Sox pitching plummeted close to rock-bottom here in Detroit today. Dave Ferriss could not hold a six run lead and Denny Galehouse failed in a relief role as did Mel Parnell. Detroit scored seven runs in the sixth inning to win by a 10 to 7 score, their second triumph in nine tries at home.

There was nothing wrong with a Red Sox batting in this game, the first of their Western tour. They showed their customary scorn for the pitching of Virgil Trucks, one of the American League's better right-handers, knocking him out of the box. They outhit the Tigers 13 to 10, but Ferriss walked seven batters and got through the first five innings leading 6 to 0 when the Tigers came to bat in the sixth.

At that point Ferris collapsed and couldn't get anybody out. Pat Mullin started the assault on the Sox by beating out a drag bunt and he struck the deathblow in his second time at bat in the inning, knocking in the seventh run. After Mullin's bunt, Hoot Evers walked and Vic Wertz singled to right to score Mullin. George Vico next walked on four straight pitches and manager Joe McCarthy summoned Galehouse from the bullpen.

Bobby Doerr ruined Danny's chance of a good start, by booting Freddie Hutchinson's double-play ball with the bases loaded. That opened the floodgates as Connie Berry, usually a weak batter, slapped a single and Eddie Mayo's solid double drove in the tying run.

Parnell came into pitch to left-handed hitting Mullin and Pat pasted the first pitch into centerfield to score Mayo, putting the Tigers out in front. Although the Red Sox scored their final run in the ninth inning against Stubby Overmire, it went for naught because Detroit continued to lash Parnell in the seventh. Successive singles by Vico, Eddie Lake and Hal Wagner, along with a bad Jake Jones throw, accounted for three runs.

Back in the good old days, Ferriss threw about 90 pitches per game. Today he threw 92 in the first five innings. It was the fourth straight time that Ferriss had been knocked out of the ballgame.

Birdie Tebbetts declared today that he was going to start hitting up the middle and he did just that twice, nearly taking Trucks' legs off with his first blow in the third inning.

 

at Briggs Stadium (Detroit) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

2

0

4

0

0

0

1

 

7

13

2

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

0

0

0

7

3

0

x

 

10

11

0

W-Hal White (2-0)
S-Stubby Overmire (2)
L-Denny Galehouse (0-2)
Attendance 17,010


2B-Williams (Bost), Mayo (Det)
3B-Doerr (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 3 .237  

 

Wally Moses rf 3 1 1 .231  

 

Babe Martin ph 1 0 1 1.00  

 

Billy Goodman pr 0 0 0 .500  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .386  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 1 .257  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 3 .284  

 

Jake Jones 1b 4 0 0 .250  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 2 .314  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 4 0 0 .300  

 

Dave Ferriss p 1 1 0 .000  

 

Denny Galehouse p 0 0 0 .333  

 

Mel Parnell p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Sam Mele ph 1 1 1 .222  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dave Ferriss 5 5 2 7 1  
  Denny Galehouse 0.2 2 0 0 0  
  Mel Parnell 2.1 4 1 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 16 7 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 14 6 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 13 9 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 11 12 5

 

 

Detroit Tigers 12 14 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 9 11 5 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 10 13 6

 

 

Chicago White Sox 4 17 11