THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

GIL COAN

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Washington completes the sweep of the Red Sox

May 30, 1948 ... Dropping their fourth straight and 11th in 13 road games, the Red Sox bowed to Early Wynn, before a rainy day gathering of 11,340 at Griffith Stadium, the final score being 8-1. The humiliation of a shutout was averted when the veteran Wally Moses batted home the Sox only run as a pinch-hitter in the eighth-inning.

Wynn pitched perfectly today, scattering five blows, having but one shaky inning, walking but one and throwing only 97 pitches. Denny Galehouse, usually poison to Washington (winning four of his last five), weakened in the seventh inning to see the game blow up sky high.

Eddie Stewart hurt the Red Sox cause with a home run and a double, while Gil Coan also homered. Galehouse had two away in the first when Coan singled through the middle.

Stewart, and next Yankee and Pirates outfielder, picked up during Washington's last visit to Boston, took a called ball and then blasted the next pitch over the high 328 foot right-field fence for his first home run of the year, for a 2-0 Washington lead.

Galehouse rode along even with Wynn through the first five innings, but the roof fell in as the rain began to let up. Up 2 to 0, Stewart doubled to the right-field corner to open the seventh for Washington. Mickey Vernon flied out to DiMaggio, but Junior Wooten singled to left scoring Stewart. Al Evans got things going with a ground single to center as Wooten held second. He scored on Johnny Sullivan's single to center and Evans scored on Eddie Yost's hard single to left. That was all for Galehouse and Harry Dorish took over to get out of the inning.

Wynn weakened for the only time during the game in the Sox eighth when the Sox knocked in a run as Doerr walked and Tebbetts beat out an infield hit the third. Moses batted for Dorish and hit the first pitch to right first single that scored Doerr.

Earl Johnson took over the pitching duties in the eighth and was blasted for Coan's third Homer the year over the right-field wall. He was fourth retire with a three and one count on Wooten when he slipped and sprained his ankle. Chuck stops came in and Evans tripled to deep right center to score Byrne and Wooten for an 8 to 1 final score.

Even Ted Williams was shutout and four tries. Johnny Pesky aggravated his leg muscle injury prior to the start of the game and was replaced by Billy Hitchcock.

 

at Griffith Stadium (Washington) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

1

5

0

WASHINGTON SENATORS

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

x

 

8

12

0

W-Early Wynn (4-5)
L-Denny Galehouse (0-3)
Attendance 11,340

2B-Spence (Bost), Stewart (Wash)
3B-Evans (Wash)
HR-Stewart (Wash), Coan (Wash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 4 0 0 .217  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .231  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 0 .379  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 2 .284  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .245  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 0 .255  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 2 1 0 .256  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .289  

 

Denny Galehouse p 2 0 0 .125  

 

Harry Dorish p 0 0 0 .250  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 1 .293  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .091  

 

Chuck Stobbs p 0 0 0    
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Denny Galehouse 6.2 9 5 0 1  
  Harry Dorish 0.1 0 0 0 0  
  Earl Johnson 0.1 2 3 1 0  
  Chuck Stobbs 0.2 1 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 25 11 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 22 10 1

 

 

New York Yankees 19 15 5

 

 

Detroit Tigers 18 19 7 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 15 16 7 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 17 19 8

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 13 22 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 8 25 15 1/2