BOSTON RED SOX ...
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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.