THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

GOODMAN, SPENCE & STEPHENS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox come from behind twice
to sweep a doubleheader

June 6, 1948 ... A banner crowd of 34,251 fans had a grand day of baseball at Fenway Park, as Joe McCarthy's rebounding Red Sox twice downed the Detroit Tigers by scores of 5 to 4 and 12 to 4, to capture their second doubleheader in a row and run their present winning streak to five straight games.

In their most productive afternoon of the season, the Red Sox came from behind twice to win both games and springboard themselves from seventh place to a three way tie for fourth. Ted Williams, Stan Spence and Vern Stephens sent three successive home runs out of the park in the sixth inning of the second game.

Dave Ferriss pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, granting but three hits in a relief role. The Sox made the Tigers use eight of their 10 pitchers during the course of the afternoon.

Ted Williams boosted his batting average to .391 by going five for eight, including his 12th home run of the year as well as two doubles. Stan Spence and Vern Stephens each homered twice for the day, with Stephens knocking in the final three runs to pull out the victory in the opening game. Birdie Tebbetts went three for four in the second game, giving him seven hits in his last 12 at-bats, including four doubles.

Mickey Harris started the first game and had just one bad inning, the third. It cost him three runs, which later forced his removal for a pinch-hitter in the eighth-inning. He walked catcher Bob Swift on five pitches to open the inning and then put himself deeper in the hole when he took a sacrifice bunt attempt from Virgil Trucks and threw it into centerfield. Swift eventually scored when Neil Berry singled, and singles by Eddie Mayo and George Kell gave the Tigers a 3 to 0 lead.

The Red Sox got back into the game in the sixth inning when Ted Williams doubled to left and Stan Spence slugged his fourth home run of the year, curving around the foul pole into the right-field stands, cutting the lead to 3 to 2. The Tigers bounced back in the next inning when Berry and Vic Wertz both doubled to extend their lead to 4 to 2.

But then Trucks couldn't hold the lead in the eighth by walking Ted Williams, who rode home on Stephens' eighth home run of the year, into the left field screen, to tie the game. Al Benton came in to replace Trucks in the ninth and walked Dom DiMaggio on four straight pitches to start. He then walked Johnny Pesky and was replaced by rookie left-hander Walter Pierce. Pierce faced Williams and walked him to also load the bases. That brought in Hal White, who struck out Sam Mele, but then Vern Stephens slapped a two and two pitch into right field for the walkoff game winner.

In the second game, rookie Art Houtteman was on the mound for the Tigers to face Ellis Kinder. Kinder was not around long, as the Tigers racked up four runs in the first two innings, before Dave Ferriss came in to put out the fire. Billy Goodman's error and Dick Wakefield's double in the first inning, and second inning doubles by Pat Mullin and George Kell, along with walks to Hal Wagner and Eddie Mayo, accounted for the four Tiger runs.

The Sox then went to work on Houtteman in the second inning. Vern Stephens reached first on a base hit and doubles by Bobby Doerr and Birdie Tebbetts produced two Boston runs in the second inning.

In the third inning the Red Sox put the game away as they batted around and scored four runs to give them a 6 to 4 lead. Singles by Williams, Doerr, Goodman and Ferris, with walks to Spence and Tebbetts produced the runs.

Freddie Hutchinson came in to pitch for the Tigers and he breezed through two innings but ran into the same trouble in the sixth inning. DiMaggio singled and Williams hit a home run that curved into the seats around the foul pole in right. Stan Spence belted a two and two pitch into the same area and Vern Stephens parked his ninth home run of the year into the screen in left, for three home runs in a row. The Sox scored their final 12th run in the seventh on a double by Birdie Tebbetts and a single by DiMaggio.

In the field, Bobby Doerr, over the last 21 games, has handled 117 chances without an error. Vern Stephens, in the last 14 games, has handled 87 chances successfully.

 

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

 
 

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

4

12

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

1

 

 

5

10

2

 

 

W-Earl Johnson (3-2)
L-Al Benton (1-2)
Attendance - 34,251

 2B-Evers (Det), Berry (Det), Wertz (Det), Kell (Det),
 Doerr (Bost), Williams (Bost)

 HR-Spence (Bost), Stephens (Bost)

 

 

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

 
 

DETROIT TIGERS

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

4

7

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

4

1

0

4

1

0

x

 

 

12

17

1

 

 

W-Dave Ferriss (2-1)
L-Art Houtteman (0-8)

 2B-Wakefield (Det), Mullin (Det), Kell (Det),
 Doerr (Bost), Tebbetts (Bost), Williams (Bost)

 HR-Williams (Bost), Spence (Bost), Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 0 .246  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .258  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 2 1 .378  

 

Stan Spence 1b 4 1 1 .242  

 

Sam Mele ph 1 0 0 .227  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 2 .281  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .258  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 2 .351  

 

Mickey Harris p 2 0 1 .200  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .286  

 

Earl Johnson p 1 0 0 .083  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mickey Harris 7 9 2 3 4  
  Earl Johnson 2 3 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 2 .250  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 1 .258  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 2 4 .391  

 

Stan Spence 1b 4 2 1 .242  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 2 2 .284  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 2 .262  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 2 1 .275  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 3 .308  

 

Ellis Kinder p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Dave Ferriss p 4 0 1 .100  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ellis Kinder 1.2 4 3 2 1  
  Dave Ferriss 7.1 3 0 6 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 27 12 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 27 17 2 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 26 17 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers 20 24 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 20 24 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 20 24 9 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 17 23 10 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 12 28 15 1/2