THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TED WILLIAMS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Ted drives in 7 runs as Sox belt Chicago

June 11, 1948 ... The Red Sox put their best foot forward 12 times with Ted Williams putting on one of his better hitting shows, driving in seven runs. The Sox beat the White Sox 12-4, with Jack Kramer at the throttle for his fourth victory.

Frank Papish was on the mound for Chicago making his first start of the season, after being sidelined by a shoulder operation. He lasted 2 1/3 innings and was followed by Orval Grove and Earl Caldwell. The victory was the Red Sox seventh in their last eight games.

Rain held up the game for 21 minutes in the seventh inning, but only a handful of the 33,420 fans left the ballpark. The Sox had their batting eyes sharpened on home cooking and on their home grounds, scoring in all but two innings. Kramer was able to coast with a comfortable lead.

In the first inning, walks to Johnny Pesky and Dominic DiMaggio preceded Ted Williams' first double off the left-field wall, giving the Sox a 2 to 0 lead. Pesky's second walk, Vern Stephens right-field double and a single by Bobby Doerr added two more in the third. In the fourth inning, the Red Sox scored two more, but the runs were unearned as shortstop Cass Michaels booted DiMaggio's grounder with two outs to ignite a Red Sox rally. Pesky singled to right and Ted, disregarding any home run attempt, doubled to left-center. Two doubles by Bobby Doerr and Sam Mele added the seventh Boston run in the fifth inning.

After walking Kramer to open the sixth inning, and granting a single to DiMaggio and walking Pesky load the bases, Grove walked Williams forcing in a run. Earl Caldwell came in and Bobby Doerr's fielder's choice grounder sent DiMaggio across with the ninth Boston run. Singles by Kramer, DiMaggio, Williams and Stephens sent the locals total to 12 in the seventh inning.

Ted Williams' productive night send his RBI total to 55. His best day in this respect was in 1946 when he drove in eight against the Indians in the first game of the doubleheader, which saw him hit three home runs. That was the day the Boudreau shift was born.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

4

10

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

2

2

1

2

3

0

x

 

 

12

12

1

 

 

W-Jack Kramer (4-3)
L-Frank Papish (0-1)
Attendance - 38,240

 2B-Papish (Chi), Williams (2)(Bost), Stephens (Bost),
 Doerr (Bost), Mele (Bost)

 HR-Seerey (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 4 2 .253  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 2 4 1 .268  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 3 .395  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 2 .282  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 2 .265  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 1 .232  

 

Jake Jones 1b 5 0 0 .213  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 0 .295  

 

Jack Kramer p 3 2 1 .091  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jack Kramer 9 10 4 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 29 13 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 29 19 3

 

 

New York Yankees 27 19 4

 

 

Washington Senators 24 25 8 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 23 25 9

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 22 25 9 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 18 27 12 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 12 31 17 1/2