BOSTON RED SOX
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox lose two tough ones in Chicago
May 23, 1948 ... The
dazed Boston Red Sox found themselves in seventh place, wondering
what hit them in Chicago. They were twice smacked down by identical
4-3 scores in a doubleheader, before 27,359 freezing fans at Comiskey
Bob Kennedy's ninth inning smash off Earl Johnson, to the left centerfield
wall with the bases full, scored the winning run in the first game, after the
Red Sox had tied the game 3 to 3 in the sixth inning. Joe Dobson came in to
relieve and threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, in the 10th inning, to
lose the second game.
Ted Williams came through with his ninth home run into the upper deck in
right to send the Red Sox into a 3 to 2 lead in the seventh inning of the second
game, but in an error by Jake Jones let the White Sox tie up the game in the
eighth. Dobson came in to relieve the weary Denny Galehouse, who did a masterful
job over nine innings, granting only six base hits. Luke Appling singled to left
off Dobson and then reached third on Bob Kennedy's double, which popped over
Johnny Pesky's head at third-base. Don Kolloway was sent in to run for Appling
and he scampered home when Dobson's first pitch sailed a foot away from catcher
Matt Batts' outstretched glove, giving the White Sox a 4 to 3 win.
In the opening game, Earl Johnson, making his first start since April 29th,
walked six batters with a pair of passes given to the leadoff men in different
innings, both of whom scored. Johnson finally tired in the ninth-inning and the
White Sox filled the bases with one out, leading up to Kennedy's walkoff hit.
The Red Sox started the scoring in the third inning on starter Joe Haynes.
Dom DiMaggio walked and Johnny Pesky, playing in his first game on the trip,
ripped a single to center. DiMaggio took third and Pesky took second on the
throw. Then after Williams walked, Wally Moses hit a fly ball on which DiMaggio
was able to score.
The White Sox went one up on their half of the inning with Floyd Baker
scoring after leading off with a walk. But the Red Sox tied the score in the
fourth when Birdie Tebbetts slapped a double to left and Jake Jones knocked him
Once again the White Sox went up one in the fifth when Johnson passed the
leadoff man Baker once again. He crossed the plate on Tommy Lupien's infield out
and Luke Appling's single to give the White Sox a 3 to 2 lead. But the Sox came
back to tie it up yet again, when Wally Moses doubled to left, Ted Williams was
walked and Tebbetts lifted a sacrifice fly to score Moses.
Then came the ninth-inning and pitcher Joe Haynes helped out to win the game
himself, with a double to the 360 foot left centerfield wall, to open up the
inning. Baker again walked and Lupien dropped a sacrifice bunt down the first
base line. Stan Spence, who had batted for Jones in the first half of the
inning, threw late to third. Wally Moses then took Appling's line drive after
which Bob Kennedy strode up to the plate and belted Johnson's first serve for a
triple to left-center, but received credit only for a single as Haynes crossed
the plate with the game-winner.
The vital play of the game came in the top half of the ninth-inning when the
Red Sox had what appeared to be the winning run, cut down at the plate. Birdie
Tebbetts and reached on an infield hit and Stan Spence, batting for Jones,
popped out. Johnson sacrificed the runner along and DiMaggio singled sharply to
right. Taffy Wright, the rightfielder for the White Sox was playing shallow for
a play at the plate and rifled the ball to catcher Mike Tresh, and pinch runner
Billy Hitchcock was nailed by five yards.
The Sox now find themselves four games out of the cellar in the American