THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Two rookies star for the Sox in an easy win

May 21, 1948 ... With rookies, Matt Batts and Billy Goodman bashing home vital runs and Ted Williams getting four hits and two walks in six plate appearances, the Red Sox won their first game on the road trip by defeating the Cleveland Indians 11 to 5. The victory ended a string of three losses and also was the first time the Red Sox had beaten the Indians this year.

The longest hit of the Boston attack was a 400 foot home run by Ted Williams that went into the upper right-field deck during the sixth inning. It was hit off relief pitcher Steve Gromek when the Red Sox were already well ahead. There was nobody on and it was Williams only run batted in of the day. The hits of the rookies however, were more timely.

The Indians jumped out to a two run lead in the opening inning. Pitcher Joe Dobson issued three walks and two of the base runners crossed the plate when Joe Gordon lined a single to left. But in the second inning, thanks to Batts, the Red Sox drove Indians starter, Bill Kennedy, from the mound and tied the score. Bobby Doerr and Sam Mele opened up with singles and when right-field, Larry Doby, let Mele's single go through, Doerr scored and Mele ran over to third-base. Matt Batts, the rookie catcher, stepped up and banged a single to left, to score Mele with the tying run. After Kennedy walked Jake Jones, manager Lou Boudreau yanked him out and Alan Gettel came in to take his place.

In the third inning the Red Sox went out in front as Williams and Vern Stephens both got on with base hits. Williams however was thrown out at third by firstbaseman Eddie Robinson on Bobby Doerr's attempted sacrifice bunt. Mele singled home one run and Batts was purposely passed, after which another run came home when Jones flew out to centerfield.

Down 4 to 2, singles by Boudreau, Robinson and Keltner produce a Cleveland run in the third. But Cleveland's visions of the victory were obliterated in the fourth inning.

Dominic DiMaggio walked and Billy Goodman boomed a 380 foot triple to right-center. Williams and Doerr then both walked and Batts virtually broke up the game with a single up the middle that scored two more runs, making it 7 to 3. The rest of the runs, with the possible exception of Doby's two run homer in the seventh had little meaning, as the Sox coasted to 11 to 5 win.

By walking three men in the first inning, Dobson ran the total base on balls, issued by Boston pitchers, to 21 in nine innings.

 

at Municipal Stadium (Cleveland) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

2

3

0

1

1

2

0

 

11

18

0

CLEVELAND INDIANS

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

 

5

12

2

W-Joe Dobson (3-3)
L-Al Gettel (0-1)
Attendance 8409

2B-Mele (Bost), Gordon (Clev)
3B-Goodman (Bost)
HR-Williams (Bost), Doby (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 2 3 .243  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 1 0 0 .267  

 

Billy Goodman ph/3b 5 1 2 .462  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 4 .389  

 

Vern Stephens ss 6 1 2 .270  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 3 2 .276  

 

Sam Mele rf 6 2 3 .236  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 2 .357  

 

Jake Jones 1b 3 0 0 .211  

 

Joe Dobson p 5 0 0 .316  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 9 12 5 4 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 16 7 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 17 9 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 15 10 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 14 15 5

 

 

St. Louis Browns 11 12 5

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 12 14 5 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 11 15 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 5 19 11 1/2