THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TED WILLIAMS HOMERS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox continue to slide, losing two
to Washington, but
Ted shines at the plate

May 29, 1948 ... The Red Sox are still losing ballgames. They dropped two more this afternoon to Washington, a team of castoffs, 5 to 4 and 7 to 6. That makes three defeats in a row at the hands of the Senators, and 10 losses in 12 tries since leaving Fenway Park.

A crowd of 14,052 people sat through a drizzling rain over the last three innings, as did manager Joe McCarthy, who was getting a close-up on how his boys and managed to lose so regularly. The seventh place Red Sox are now 11 games out of first and only 4 1/2 games out of the cellar.

It looked as if the team were going to win one for a change in the opening game. They had a 4 to 2 lead the ninth-inning, but a two run lead is peanuts is far as Jack Kramer, or just about any other Red Sox pitcher is concerned. Tom McBride and Al Kozar, a couple of guys who failed to make the Red Sox, teed off on Kramer; for Washington, to knock in the tying and winning runs. McBride's pinch single with the bases full squared up the game and Kozar's clean base hit brought home the winning run in the ninth-inning, giving the Nationals a 5 to 4 victory.

For eight innings Kramer was good allowing only a hit and inning and walking nine. Bad breaks started his demise in the ninth-inning,, but he did not have the stop work out of the jam Mickey Vernon's hard ground ball hopped over Billy Goodman's head into right field to open the rally. Carden Gillenwater attempted to check his swing on an outside curve, but accidentally got the fat end of the bat on the ball for single right, with Vernon stopping at second. Jake Early laid down a sacrifice and manager Joe Kuhel sent out Early Wynn to hit. Wynn was intentionally walked and pitcher Marino Paretti was sent in to run. McBride came up to pinch-hit for pitcher Mickey Haefner and he drilled Kramer's first pitch into left field for a single to tie up the game at 4 to 4.

Pieretti was held at second and Eddie Yost came up next and hit one to right-center that Stan Spence ran down, crossing the front of DiMaggio. On the play Pieretti tag up and went to third. It matters little because Kozar came up next and singled over second to bring in the winning run.

In the second game the Red Sox artillery found the range in the ninth-inning. Down 6 to 1, they picked up three runs against relief pitcher Forrest Thompson. Singles by Williams and Spence, DiMaggio's double, an error by Kozar on Goodman's ground ball, and Matt Batts' two-run single to the trick. That brought in Walt Masterson the pitch

There were two men on base when Masterson came in and birdie Tebbetts came up to bat for Maury McDermott. Tebbetts walked, Bobby Doerr struck out, but Johnny Pesky and Williams drew consecutive walks to force in the fifth and sixth runs, tying up the game. Stan Spence came up now and tag one to center that Gillenwater ran down to end the game.

The Red Sox scored five runs in the ninth-inning, a fine rally but not enough to win. For the second consecutive day Stan Spence had a chance to deliver with the bases loaded and for the second straight day he flied out. The Red Sox had one standout his usual, by the name of Ted Williams. Williams collected a homer, a triple, a double, two singles and two walks for the afternoon.

 

at Griffith Stadium (Washington) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

4

9

1

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

3

 

5

12

0

W-Mickey Haefner (2-5)
L-Jack Kramer (2-3)
Attendance 14,052

2B-Doerr (Bost), Williams (Bost), Yost (Wash)
3B-Williams (Bost)

 

Game #2

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

5

 

6

12

0

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

0

4

1

0

2

0

0

x

 

7

8

1

W-Dick Welteroth (1-0)
S-Walt Masterson (1)
L-Earl Johnson (2-2)

2B-DiMaggio (Bost), Sullivan (Wash)
3B-Vernon (Wash)
HR-Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 1 .254  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 1 .265  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 2 .379  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 1 .277  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 1 .252  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 2 .262  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 0 .258  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .287  

 

Jack Kramer p 3 0 0 .067  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jack Kramer 8.2 12 4 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 2 .260  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 1 .263  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 3 .391  

 

Stan Spence rf 5 0 1 .271  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 .252  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 1 .260  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 0 .229  

 

Matt Batts c 2 1 2 .296  

 

Earl Johnson p 1 0 0 .091  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .275  

 

Mickey McDermott p 2 0 1 .375  

 

Birdie Tebbetts ph 0 0 0 .287  

 

Billy Hitchcock pr 0 0 0 .263  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Earl Johnson 3 5 4 2 0  
  Mickey McDermott 5 3 3 7 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 24 10 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 21 9 1

 

 

New York Yankees 18 14 5

 

 

St. Louis Browns 15 15 7

 

 

Detroit Tigers 17 19 8

 

 

Washington Senators 16 19 8 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 13 21 11

 

 

Chicago White Sox 7 24 15 1/2