THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

VERN STEPHENS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox bats sweep away the Browns

June 4, 1948 ... The Red Sox provided the best antidote to their position in the standings, by getting good pitching, hitting and fielding. They twice dumped the St. Louis Browns by scores of 10 to 4 and 7 to 2 before Ladies Day crowd of 16,396 at Fenway Park. It was the Sox first double victory since Labor Day last year against the Yankees.

The Browns reverted very much to the way they had been playing, making several errors of omission and commission, although they succeeded in getting the only home runs of the day, both coming off Joe Dobson in the first game. Dobson however, had two big innings of help from his teammates. The Sox scored four runs in the third and six in the eighth to give him his sixth win of the year. And in the first inning of the second game they added four more to start Denny Galehouse often his first win of the year.

Ted Williams took a backseat, being held to a lone double in the two games, but he added to his walk total with four free passes, nine all told for the four-game series with St. Louis. The ex-Brownie, Vern Stephens played his best games of the year, both in the field and at the bat. Half of his 14 fielding chances were spectacular, while his four singles were all stung with authority. He was forced to split hitting honors with Billy Goodman, who is definitely establishing himself as the team's firstbaseman. The converted outfielder smashed a pair of line drives in the opener and then drove in a pair of singles to center in the second game.

Bryan Stephens, the huge Browns right-hander, was leading 1 to 0 going into the third inning of the opening game, but the Red Sox proceeded to bat around against him. Billy Hitchcock started off with a double to left and then Birdie Tebbetts doubled one to deep center. Dobson bunted and the pitcher Stephens threw the ball to third base even though Tebbetts hadn't moved from second. Bob Dillinger, the Browns thirdbaseman was surprised and late with his relay to first. Goodman then doubled to left to score two runs. Vern Stephens knocked in Goodman after Ted Williams and walked to give the Sox a 4 to 1 lead.

Harry Platt kept the Browns and the game with a homer into left field screen in the fourth, but ten men came to bat for the Red Sox in the eighth, to make the score 10 to 2. Les Moss got his fifth homer the year in the ninth-inning, to bring in Al Zarilla who had singled in front of him.

Sam Zoldak started the second game for the Browns but lasted only an inning, with all his trouble coming after two men were out. Goodman singled, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr walked, Sam Mele and Billy Hitchcock singled and then Matt Batts knocked out a double, to give the Red Sox a quick 4 to 0 lead.

In the second inning the Browns got two runs on three hits but the Sox got another in their half and added single runs in the fourth and seventh innings for the 7 to 2 sweep of the doubleheader.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

 

 

4

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

6

x

 

 

10

10

0

 

 

W-Joe Dobson (6-4)
L-Bryan Stephens (1-1)
Attendance - 14,901

 2B-Moss (StL), Hitchcock (Bost), Tebbetts (Bost),
 Goodman (2)(Bost)

 HR-Platt (StL), Moss (StL)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

7

3

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

4

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

x

 

 

7

12

0

 

 

W-Denny Galehouse (1-3)
L-Sam Zoldak (2-3)
 

 2B-Lehner (StL), Batts (2)(Bost),
 Williams (Bost), Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 2 1 .244  

 

Billy Goodman 2b 4 2 2 .250  

 

Ted Williams lf 2 1 0 .383  

 

Stan Spence 1b 5 0 0 .242  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 3 .275  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .250  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 4 2 2 .217  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 2 .293  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 2 0 .276  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 9 9 4 0 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 2 .250  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 0 2 .262  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 1 .379  

 

Vern Stephens ss 2 1 1 .277  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 2 .256  

 

Sam Mele rf 5 2 1 .230  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 5 0 1 .216  

 

Matt Batts c 3 0 2 .333  

 

Denny Galehouse p 4 0 0 .083  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Denny Galehouse 9 7 2 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 27 14 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 24 12 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 23 17 3 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 20 22 7 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 17 20 8

 

 

Washington Senators 19 22 8

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 18 24 9 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 10 27 15