THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

LARRY DOBY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bearden shuts out the Sox
as Doby stars at the plate

May 22, 1948 ... Gene Bearden, the young Cleveland Indians southpaw, was too much for the experienced Red Sox here today at Municipal Stadium, shutting out Boston 7 to 0, with a neat six hit pitching performance. He showed amazing control of a good knuckleball, walked only two men and none after the third inning. He was never in trouble. For the 20th time in 28 ballgames, the Red Sox starter failed to go the route, as Jack Kramer took an early shower for the fourth time in five starts.

The new Red Sox nemesis, speedy Larry Doby, along with manager Lou Boudreau, did most of the damage. Eddie Robinson also helped in hitting his sixth home run of the season.

Bearden's domination in this game was so complete, that he made only 98 pitches. The Indians however got rough with Kramer in the fourth inning. Doby pushed a neat bunt onto the grass in front of Billy Hitchcock, and although the Sox third baseman slipped in attempting the field the ball, he had little chance to nip the speedy Indian runner at first. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, the ball landing in front of the plate, with Lou Boudreau at bat. Hitchcock threw out the batter, but up came Ed Robinson and big trouble.

Kramer, pitching carefully, fell behind the Indians slugger. The count was three and one, when Robbie slapped his sixth home run over the 365 foot marker on the right-field fence.

Doby again started trouble in the sixth inning, when with none out, he fouled off five pitches and then checked his swing, sending a topped roller to short and beating Vern Stephens throw. He went to second when the throw got past first baseman Jake Jones. Boudreau knocked Kramer's first pitch to right for a clean single that scored Doby, making the score 3 to 0.

In the seventh inning Birdie Tebbetts batted for Kramer and Harry Dorish took over on the mound. It was all the same to Doby. Jim Hegan opened the frame with a Texas League single to short right field and reached second when Billy Hitchcock threw out the pitcher Bearden. After Bobby Doerr threw out Tucker, Doby singled to center to score him with the Tribe's fourth run.

Dorish joined Kramer in the showers during the eighth-inning, granting three singles and a double by Dale Mitchell. Young Chuck Stobbs took over, with one down, to get out of the inning, but the score was 7 to 0.

Larry Doby has now hit Red Sox pitchers for 10 hits in 24 at-bats, scoring 10 runs, batting in eight and knocking out three home runs.

 

at Municipal Stadium (Cleveland) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

6

1

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

2

0

1

1

3

x

 

7

13

0

W-Gene Bearden (3-0)
L-Jack Kramer (2-2)
Attendance 16,803

2B-Batts (Bost), Mitchell (Clev)
HR-Robinson (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .234  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 4 0 1 .263  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 1 .388  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 1 .271  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 1 .275  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 1 .237  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 1 .333  

 

Jake Jones 1b 4 0 0 .197  

 

Jack Kramer p 2 0 0 .083  

 

Birdie Tebbetts ph 1 0 0 .299  

 

Harry Dorish p 0 0 0 .250  

 

Chuck Stobbs p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jack Kramer 6 7 3 2 1  
  Harry Dorish 1.1 6 4 0 1  
  Chuck Stobbs 0.2 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 17 7 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 17 10 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 16 10 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 15 15 5

 

 

St. Louis Browns 12 12 5

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 12 15 6 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 11 16 7 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 5 20 12 1/2