THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOE DOBSON

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Joe Dobson shines but Mickey Harris' balk
cost the Sox a doubleheader sweep

May 31, 1948 ... A balk called against Mickey Harris with the bases full, put the Philadelphia Athletics back into first place and brought a fiery, but futile, protest by manager Joe McCarthy. Umpire Jim Boyer stuck to his guns and his verdict, which sent the winning run across in plate and cost the Red Sox a chance for a doubleheader sweep. Harris lost a spirited pitching duel to Joe Coleman by a score of 2 to 1, after Joe Dobson had blinded Philly on four hits in the opener of the doubleheader, 7 to 0, shoving them temporarily into second place.

Harris, McCarthy and the entire Red Sox infield converged on umpire Boyer when he called a balk and motioned Hank Majeski home. But they got nowhere. After the game in the umpires dressing room Boyer indicated that Harris had started his wind up with both hands half way above his head and then stopped his delivery.

Coleman's win was his sixth straight. He only has one loss. The Sox gave him a lot of trouble in the ninth-inning. A walk and a single put two men on, with just one out, and then Coleman got rid of two tough left-handed batters in pinch-hitter Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams. Pesky struck out and Williams lifted a fly ball out to left-field. Before he flew out however, the Kid gave the 24,838 fans a chill, by whacking one out of the park only foul by a few feet.

Harris was hit harder than the five hits in the box score would indicate. The Sox gave him brilliant support as Jake Jones pulled him out of jams several times at first base. With one out in the sixth inning and the Sox leading 1 to 0, Harris walked Ferris Fain on four straight pitches. Hank Majeski ripped a hard single to left and Fain stopped at second. Harris then got a three and two count on Sam Chapman, finally walking him to fill the bases. Mike Guerra, who dozen hit very hard are often, was also passed, to force home Fain with the tying run. Donie White came to bat and with a two and two count, Harris committed the fatal balk.

Lou Brissie was the starting pitcher in the days opener for Philadelphia. He did not have the touch and was shelled to the showers by the Red Sox in the seventh inning. Ted Williams' bat was the loudest. He smashed his 11th home run and a single to knock in three runs. Vern Stephens drove in two with three singles and Brissie was ultimately tagged for six runs, passing six. The Sox went on to win 7 to 0 with Joe Dobson going the distance for the shutout.

The Red Sox have won only 3 games of 15, since leaving Boston, and Dobson has been the winning pitcher in each game.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

1

2

0

3

0

0

 

7

9

0

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

4

2

W-Joe Dobson (5-4)
L-Lou Brissie (4-4)
Attendance 24,838

2B-Tebbetts (Bost), Moses (Bost), Haynes (Chi)
3B-Hitchcock (Bost)
HR-Williams (Bost)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

6

0

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

x

 

2

5

0

W-Joe Coleman (6-1)
L-Mickey Harris (1-4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 .245  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 4 2 1 .222  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 2 .382  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 1 0 .269  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 3 .268  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 1 .254  

 

Jake Jones 1b 3 0 1 .214  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 0 .277  

 

Joe Dobson p 4 1 0 .296  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  
  Joe Dobson 9 4 0 1 3  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .245  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 4 0 0 .194  

 

Johnny Pesky ph 1 0 0 .261  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 0 .374  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 1 .268  

 

Vern Stephens ss 2 1 0 .265  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .248  

 

Jake Jones 1b 4 0 2 .230  

 

Matt Batts c 3 0 1 .300  

 

Billy Goodman ph 0 0 0 .231  

 

Mickey Harris p 2 0 1 .125  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .286  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  
  Mickey Harris 8 5 2 5 5  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 26 12 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 23 11 1

 

 

New York Yankees 21 15 4

 

 

Detroit Tigers 19 20 7 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 16 17 7 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 17 21 9

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 14 23 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 9 26 15 1/2