THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Dom DiMaggio's homer is the difference

June 17, 1948 ... The Red Sox edged the Cleveland Indians, 8-6, at Municipal Stadium to sweep the three-game series. The teams were tied in home runs with two each, but the relief pitching of the Red Sox, Earl Johnson was the difference. The Sox now have won 12 their last 15 games and are only 6 1/2 games behind the Indians.

Denny Galehouse for the Red Sox and the Indians' Don Black were the starters and each was sent home very early. Earl Johnson came in to relieve Galehouse and allowed but one run and three hits after giving Ken Keltner his 16th homer, to tie the score at 6 to 6 in the fourth inning. After Dale Mitchell reached first on a line drive that hit Johnson's glove, Earl did not allow a hit, until Lou Boudreau's double in the ninth-inning.

Vern Stephens knocked out his 10th homer of the year and Dom DiMaggio hit his second, which was the difference in the game. Ted Williams had a double and a single, in five trips, to keep his batting average over .400 at .407.

Johnny Pesky came within one assist of the American League record of nine at shortstop, made by Fred Hartman of the White Sox in 1901. The major league mark is 11.

The Red Sox scored three times in the opening inning when Johnny Pesky walked and scampered to third on Ted Williams' fifth straight hit into games. He scored on a long fly ball and then Bobby Doerr and Billy Goodman were passed to force in Williams. After throwing two balls to Birdie Tebbetts, Black was taken out in favor of Steve Gromek, who walked him anyway and gave the Red Sox a quick 3 to 0 lead.

The Indians tied it up in their half of the inning, but the Red Sox picked up three unearned runs in the second. DiMaggio beat out a single and went to third when Hank Edwards caught Pesky's pop up near the grandstand and made a bad throw over to Boudreau at first. Earl Robinson then let a base hit by Ted get through his legs to score DiMaggio. It was then that Stephens cracked his home run 30 rows up into left field seats, making it 6 to 3.

But the Indians tied the score in the fourth to knock out Galehouse. Then DiMaggio homered into the Sox bullpen, with two away in the sixth, to send the Sox ahead for the final time. In the seventh inning, Williams opened it up by knocking an outside fast ball to left field for a double and then scored on a ground ball and a sacrifice fly.

 

at Municipal Stadium (Cleveland) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

3

3

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

 

8

10

1

CLEVELAND INDIANS

3

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

 

6

10

3

W-Earl Johnson (4-2)
L-Steve Gromek (1-1)
Attendance 9825

2B-Williams (Bost), Edwards (Clev), Boudreau (Clev)
HR-Stephens (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost), Gordon (Clev),
Keltner (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 2 2 .255  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 1 .263  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 3 2 .407  

 

Stan Spence rf 5 0 0 .228  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 2 2 .286  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .272  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .258  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .299  

 

Denny Galehouse p 2 0 0 .071  

 

Earl Johnson p 2 0 0 .071  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Denny Galehouse 3 6 5 0 0  
  Earl Johnson 6 4 1 3 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 31 17 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 32 22 2

 

 

New York Yankees 29 22 3 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 28 26 6

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 25 26 7 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 24 29 9 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 20 29 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 14 32 16