BOSTON RED SOX ...
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
and the Sox bats take the Philly series
June 1, 1948 ... The
Red Sox finally won a series and they were emphatic about it. They
picked on the league-leading Athletics and trounced them 8 to 1. They
drove Phil Marchildon to the showers for the first time this year and
thereby took two out of three games played here in Philadelphia.
While this was going on, Ellis Kinder was stifling the home batters on seven
hits before the light gathering of 4908. The Sox big guns were booming as Vern
Stephens and Bobby Doerr homered off Marchildon, just as they did in Boston on
Patriots' Day. Stan Spence rifled successive home runs out of the park and Ted
Williams enjoyed a field day against the shift, with three hits.
The A's were perceptively weakened through the absence of injuries and the
sickness of Barney McCoskey, Buddy Rosar and Elmer Valo. Eddie Joost committed
his first error of the year to give the Red Sox two runs in the four-run third
inning. That ended his streak at 41 games with his chances at 225.
Dom DiMaggio sparked the rally in the third inning when he beat out a hit to
Joost, on which the shortstop made a great stop and throw from deep short. Billy
Goodman then slapped a nasty grounder inside third that Heinie Majeski knocked
down, but was unable to make the play. Both advanced when Williams hit one to
Joost, fifteen feet to the right of second, and with nobody around to take the
force throw on Goodman, Joost had to throw out Williams at first. Stan Spence
then grounded one to Joost, who came in fast and took the ball on the short hop
neatly, but hurriedly through into the dirt at the plate, in an attempt to cut
off DiMaggio. The ball skipped past catcher Mike Guerra and Goodman followed
DiMaggio home on the error. Spence scored from second ahead of Stephens, when
Vern sent his seventh round tripper of the season off the façade of the
left-field upper deck, with the ball bouncing back on the field. The homer came
on Marchildon's first pitch.
A walk to Stephens preceded Bobby Doerr's fourth home run into the lower
field tier in the fifth inning, and Kinder and a nice 7 to 1 working lead.
Kinder helped his cause when he flied deep out to Sam Chapman in the seventh
with the bases loaded to score Stephens with a sacrifice fly.
Kinder had fine stuff and work easily, throwing 111 pitches for an average of
12 per inning. He seldom found himself in any trouble.