THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

VIC WERTZ

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
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 shutout.

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.

 

at Briggs Stadium (Detroit) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

4

0

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

 

4

5

5

W-Hal Newhouser (2-4)
L-Ellis Kinder (1-1)
Attendance 16,229

HR-Mullin (Det), Wertz (Det)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .227  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 4 0 1 .286  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 0 .372  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 1 2 .269  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .275  

 

Sam Mele rf 3 0 0 .212  

 

Jake Jones 1b 2 0 0 .240  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .311  

 

Ellis Kinder p 3 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ellis Kinder 8.2 5 4 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 15 6 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 16 8 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 14 9 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 13 14 5

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 11 13 5 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 11 13 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 9 12 6

 

 

Chicago White Sox 4 18 11 1/2