BOSTON RED SOX
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Newhouser allows the Sox only four hits,
and Vic Wertz supplies the power
May 19, 1948 ... Hal
Newhowser proved superior to Ted Williams and eight right-handed
Boston batters, as the Tigers won their second straight victory over
the Red Sox by a 4 to 1 score. Vic Wertz smashed a three run homer in
the ninth-inning, to beat Ellis Kinder, who had dueled Newhowser on
practically even terms for eight innings.
Newhowser, looking more
like the pitcher who one 80 games over a three-year span from 1944 through 1946,
held the Red Sox to only four hits. The Tiger ace supplemented his superior
pitching with a record fielding performance. He started four doubleplays, to tie
the major league mark, and yet ironically, his own error deprived him of a
The erratic Detroit infield was guilty of five errors, but reeled off six
doubleplays, one short of the major league record set by the Yankees in 1942. A
crowd of 16,229 fans saw the Tigers sweep the two-game series and climb past the
Red Sox into fourth place.
Kinder, who had not started for nine days, held the Tigers batters to two
hits for eight innings, but collapsed in the ninth. Neil Berry opened with a
clean hit to left but went out as Eddie Mayo reached on infield sacrifice. Pat
Mullin then whistled a hit to right with mail pulling up at second. At this
point Eddie Lake was inserted as a pinch runner, but he could have crawled home
in light of the 400 foot drive that Wertz hit into the upper right-field deck.