THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

VERN STEPHENS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Red Sox hear the same tune in St. Louis

May 25, 1948 ... The Red Sox visited a new park and faced a new opponent, flashed a new batting order and had a new firstbaseman, in St. Louis tonight, but the pitching was the same. They therefore dropped their fourth straight and seventh and eight games of this road trip. St. Louis Browns walked away with a 9 to 4 decision on 17 hits against for Boston hurlers. Red Sox starter Ellis Kinder made it until the fifth inning. He looked good in Detroit as a starting pitcher but was easy hitting for the sliding Browns.

Manager Joe McCarthy inserted young Billy Goodman at first base and although the youngster did nothing to distinguish himself, the club look better with him out there. Lefty pitcher Sam Zoldak started for the Browns and six of Boston's nine hits were made by left-handed batters. Ted Williams was the big gun with a double and two singles. Vern Stephens making his first start against his home folks, knocked out his seasons sixth home run and also had a single. Frank Biscan, a chunky left-hander, did a nice relief job lining out any Red Sox chances as he retired six men in order.

It was Whitey Platt who did the damage to the Red Sox pitching for St. Louis, as he banged out a single, two doubles and a triple.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

 

4

9

1

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

1

1

1

0

4

1

1

0

x

 

9

17

0

W-Sam Zoldak (2-2)
S-Frank Biscan (1)
L-Ellis Kinder (1-2)
Attendance 7034

2B-Williams (Bost), Dillinger (StL), Platt (2)(StL)
3B-Platt (StL), Stevens (StL)
HR-Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 0 .353  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 2 2 .280  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 3 .382  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 0 1 .288  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .234  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .263  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 2 .262  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .306  

 

Ellis Kinder p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Mel Parnell p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Sam Mele ph 1 0 0 .234  

 

Mickey McDermott p 0 0 0 .333  

 

Babe Martin ph 1 0 0 .500  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ellis Kinder 4 8 4 0 1  
  Mel Parnell 0.2 3 2 0 0  
  Dave Ferriss 1.1 3 1 1 1  
  Mickey McDermott 2 3 1 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 19 8 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 20 10 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 18 11 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 16 17 6

 

 

St. Louis Browns 13 14 6

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 12 18 8 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 12 18 8 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 7 21 12 1/2