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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 hits apiece.

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 also.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

5

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

5

0

 

 

W-Gene Bearden (6-1)
L-Mel Parnell (1-4)
Attendance - 33,032

 2B-Gordon (Clev)

 HR-Boudreau (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .244  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 2 .265  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 0 .384  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .283  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .257  

 

Sam Mele rf 3 0 1 .231  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 0 .264  

 

Matt Batts ph 1 0 0 .342  

 

Jake Jones 1b 0 0 0 .227  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .306  

 

Mel Parnell p 3 0 0 .111  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 0 .212  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .083  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 8 5 2 4 5  
  Earl Johnson 1 0 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 28 12 -

 

 

New York Yankees 27 18 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 27 18 3 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 22 24 9

 

 

Detroit Tigers 21 24 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 20 25 10 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 18 24 11

 

 

Chicago White Sox 12 30 17