THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOE DOBSON

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Red Sox
get a win in 10 innings

May 26, 1948 ... The Red Sox got some luck today and with the help of a costly Browns error, they came up with two runs in the 10th inning to beat St. Louis by a 5 to 3 score, and give Joe Dobson his fourth win of the year. Vern Stephens batted in three of the five runs and the victory was the Sox second one on the road trip, giving them a split in the two-game series here in St. Louis.

An error by Brown's catcher Les Moss allowed Sam Mele to score the winning run in the 10th inning. Mele open the 10th inning with a double to the right centerfield wall and then Moss came up with a two base error on Dom DiMaggio's sacrifice, that allowed Mele to score. Ned Garver pitched a good game for the Browns, going out for a pinch-hitter when St. Louis tied the score in the eighth-inning.

Sam Dente helped the Red Sox to a run in the fourth inning, when he booted DiMaggio's grounder. Bobby Doerr sent DiMaggio over to third with a hit-and-run single and then Vern Stephens banged clean hit to left for the game's first run.

Dobson was rolling along fine style, allowing but three hits in six innings, when he ran into some trouble in the seventh. Gerry Priddy opened up the inning with a single to right and Al Zarilla sacrificed him to second. Paul Lehner knocked a single to center and when Dom lost the ball, he took second. Whitey Platt then walked and after Les Moss flew out, Dente singled to right to send the Browns ahead 2 to 1.

The Red Sox went ahead in the eighth when the Browns chose to lay back for a doubleplay and lost out in the decision. Ted Williams opened with a single to right and was followed by Stan Spence who did likewise, sending Ted over to third-base. Mele was sent in to run for Spence and DiMaggio walked. Bobby Doerr forced him out at second as Williams crossed the plate. Vern Stephens then hit one down to Dente and the Browns infield, playing fairly shallow, went for the double-play, losing out as Stephens beat Priddy's relay to first. On the play Mele scored, putting the Red Sox up 3 to 2.

In the eighth-inning Ray Coleman pinch hit for Garver and drilled a single to left, going to second on a sacrifice, and to third on an infield out. He scored the tying run on a Dobson wild pitch. Dobson had good stuff, in fact it was too good. His curveball eluded Birdie Tebbetts for the tying Browns' score. It was the second such wild pitch in two successive innings.

 

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

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

2

 

5

10

1

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

 

3

7

3

W-Joe Dobson (4-4)
L-Frank Biscan (2-1)
Attendance 2897

2B-Mele (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 0 1 .318  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .269  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .374  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 2 .304  

 

Sam Mele pr/rf 1 2 1 .244  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 2 2 1 .238  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 1 .263  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .261  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 5 0 0 .289  

 

Joe Dobson p 4 0 2 .348  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 10 7 3 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 21 10 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 19 9 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 18 12 2 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 17 17 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 13 15 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 13 18 8

 

 

Washington Senators 13 18 8

 

 

Chicago White Sox 7 22 13