BOSTON RED SOX ...
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Disputed Boudreau HR wins for Cleveland
June 8, 1948 ... Lou
Boudreau hit a disputed home run against the Red Sox at Fenway, to
give Cleveland a 2 to 0 victory. Officially it was a home run because
umpire Charlie Berry ruled it as such. But according to the fans,
sitting in the vicinity of the right-field foul line, it was followed
by 10 feet.
The blow came in the fourth inning with Allie Clark,
who had walked, on base. It settled a tight pitching duel between the Indian
southpaw, Gene Bearden and lefty Mel Parnell. The pitchers had allowed just five
The Red Sox stranded 12 baserunners and were helpless against Bearden in the
clutch. It was the second time in Bearden had blanked the Sox, having also done
so in Cleveland. Parnell pitched a great game, with great control and was the
master and all innings but the fourth. The problem was that his teammates did
not give him sound offensive support.
Boudreau was Cleveland's defensive star also. He made two brilliant plays on
Vern Stephens and for the Red Sox, Sam Mele took a couple of likely hits away