THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DENNY GALEHOUSE

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

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 in.

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 League.

 

at Comiskey Park (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

 

3

8

2

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

4

8

2

W-Joe Haynes (2-5)
L-Earl Johnson (2-1)
Attendance 27,359

2B-Tebbetts (Bost), Moses (Bost), Haynes (Chi)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

 

3

7

3

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

 

4

8

1

W-Earl Harrist (1-3)
L-Joe Dobson (3-4)

2B-Philley (Chi), Kennedy (Chi)
HR-Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 2 .243  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 1 .266  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 0 .376  

 

Wally Moses rf 3 1 1 .242  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .262  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .276  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 2 .309  

 

Billy Hitchcock pr 0 0 0 .263  

 

Matt Batts c 0 0 0 .333  

 

Jake Jones 1b 2 0 1 .206  

 

Stan Spence ph/1b 1 0 0 .286  

 

Earl Johnson p 3 0 0 .100  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  
  Earl Johnson 8.1 8 4 6 4  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 1 .242  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 0 1 .268  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .368  

 

Wally Moses rf 5 0 2 .263  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .254  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 1 .273  

 

Matt Batts c 3 0 0 .286  

 

Jake Jones 1b 4 0 1 .209  

 

Denny Galehouse p 3 1 0 .167  

 

Joe Dobson p 0 0 0 .316  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  
  Denny Galehouse 9 6 3 3 1  
  Joe Dobson 0.1 2 1 1 0  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 18 8 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 19 10 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 17 11 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 15 16 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 12 14 6

 

 

Washington Senators 12 16 7

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 12 17 7 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 7 20 11 1/2