THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Red Sox tie a record and lose 13-4

May 20, 1948 ... The Red Sox issued 18 walks to the Cleveland Indians tonight as Lou Boudreau's team notched its fourth straight victory, 13 to 4, before a huge crowd of 43,158 at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. The combined efforts of a pair of Red Sox lefties, the veteran Mickey Harris and young Mickey McDermott, achieved the unenviable distinction of handing out 18 free passes, equaling the mark set by the Detroit Tigers in 1916. It surpassed the National League mark of 17, set by the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. In all, there were 23 passes issued tonight with Bob Lemon handing out five of them.

Lemon did not pitch a great game and the Sox managed to sneak back into the ballgame after trailing 7 to 0 as early as the second inning. But then the wildness of the Sox hurlers eliminated any chance that the Red Sox could fully get back into it.

Specs Tucker's single and walks to Allie Clark, Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon and Pat Seerey, along with Ken Keltner's sacrifice fly, gave the Indians their start in the first inning, with Mickey Harris showing no semblance of control. Down 2 to 0, Harris then passed Lemon to open up the second inning. Then Tucker got an infield hit and Clark sacrificed him to second. Boudreau was walked intentionally to fill the bases and Eddie Robinson slammed a double to right-center, counting two more runs. After Joe Gordon was given another intentional walk, Keltner hit a ball to Billy Goodman at third, who fumbled the ball allowing Clark to score. Robinson and Boudreau came home on Pat Seerey's single to left and that was it for Harris.

McDermott came into pitch and struck out Jim Hegan and made Bob Lemon pop out to Bobby Doerr. The Indians now had a 7 to 0 lead but that was no indication of what was to come. McDermott's wildness hurt him in the fourth inning when he walked four successive batters, after Gordon opened with a single and two more Indian runs crossed the plate. Boudreau then belted his third home run of the year over the left centerfield fence in the fifth inning and the Indians scored their 11th run in the sixth on walks to Seerey and Tucker, along with Clark's base hit.

The Red Sox scored a pair of runs in the third and fourth innings, and the Indians wound up the scoring in the eighth-inning, as the combined efforts of Harris and McDermott tied the major league record for base on balls in a single-game.

The Red Sox are definitely in a bad way with Joe Dobson being the only healthy pitcher on the staff. In spite of one error, Billy Goodman look great at third-base but more importantly even look better with the bat. There is little doubt that he will be in the lineup somewhere when Johnny Pesky returns.

 

at Municipal Stadium (Cleveland) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

4

8

2

CLEVELAND INDIANS

2

5

0

2

1

1

0

2

x

 

13

8

0

W-Bob Lemon (4-2)
L-Mickey Harris (1-3)
Attendance 43,158

2B-McDermott (Bost), Robinson (Clev)
HR-Boudreau (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 1 .225  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 1 .233  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 0 1 .363  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 1 .266  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 2 0 0 .269  

 

Billy Goodman 3b 4 0 2 .500  

 

Jake Jones 1b 4 0 0 .222  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 2 2 0 .303  

 

Mickey Harris p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mickey McDermott p 4 2 2 .333  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mickey Harris 1.1 4 7 7 1  
  Mickey McDermott 6.2 4 4 11 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 16 6 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 16 9 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 15 9 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 14 14 5

 

 

St. Louis Browns 10 12 6

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 11 14 6 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 11 14 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 4 19 12 1/2