THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

STAN SPENCE

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Stan Spence leads the Sox in Detroit

June 19, 1948 ... The Red Sox won their 12th game in their last 15 starts and got back to the .500 mark, by beating the Detroit Tigers 9 to 7 at Briggs Stadium. Jack Kramer pitched great for eight innings but lost his touch when a rainstorm interrupted play for 30 minutes in the ninth-inning. When the action resumed Kramer was not sharp and had to be relieved by Dave Ferriss, who picked up his second save of the season.

The Sox had two big innings when they scored four in the first and five in the fourth. In the opening inning they knocked out starter Virgil Trucks before he could retire a batter. Dom DiMaggio walked on four straight pitches and scampered to third on Johnny Pesky's single to right. Ted Williams singled over second base to score DiMaggio with Pesky legging it to third. The two waltzed home on Spence's sixth home run, that went 15 rows high into the upper deck. That made it 4-0 and ended the night for Trucks.

Detroit came back with one run in the third on Pat Mullin's homer, but then the Red Sox exploded for five runs in the fourth. Hal White was the Tiger pitcher who was the victim of the Sox fireworks. White's downfall started the same way as the first inning started. He walked DiMaggio, who reached first base with a free pass for the third time in a row. Dom scored ahead of Pesky's homer that hit off the façade between the upper and lower decks at the 340 foot mark. It was the first he had hit since August, 1946 and the fifth of his big league career.

White remained in the game, however, only to see Ted Williams single through an open shortstop hole, as the Tigers employed Boudreau's shift. Spence then doubled off firstbaseman Sam Vico's glove and the ball caromed into foul territory. An infield single by Vern Stephens scored Williams as Spence held second. With Bobby Doerr at bat, White then uncorked a wild pitch and that was it for him. Rookie Walter Pierce came into pitch and after getting Doerr out, Billy Goodman slapped a single over third that scored both Spence and Stephens. That put the Sox out ahead by a 9 to 3 score.

The Tigers mounted a ninth inning comeback, but fell two runs short. After getting two outs, Kramer gave up three singles and a walk. That was enough to bring in Ferriss, who after giving up a base hit, got George Kell to fly out and end the game.

Bobby Doerr has 76 putouts and 102 assists with no errors over the last 29 games.

 

at Briggs Stadium (Detroit) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

4

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

 

9

13

0

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

4

 

7

10

0

W-Jack Kramer (5-3)
S-Dave Ferriss (2)
L-Virgil Trucks (4-4)
Attendance – 27,098

2B-Spence (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost)
HR-Spence (Bost), Pesky (Bost), Mullin (Det)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 2 1 .256  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 2 2 .268  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 2 .409  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 2 2 .238  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 2 .290  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 0 .265  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 0 3 .277  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 5 0 1 .296  

 

Jack Kramer p 4 0 0 .077  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .100  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jack Kramer 8.2 9 7 3 4  
  Dave Ferriss 0.1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 32 18 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 33 23 2

 

 

New York Yankees 30 23 3 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 28 27 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 26 26 7

 

 

Washington Senators 25 32 11 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 21 32 13 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 17 33 16