THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

VERN STEPHENS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox power surge helps Mel Parnell again

June 20, 1948 ... Hal Newhowser carried a seven-game winning streak into today's game but the Red Sox had little respect and lashed him for a dozen hits and a total of 22 bases, knocking him out of the box and beating the Tigers 8 to 3. The Red Sox have won all five games on their road trip and have taken 13 of their last 16. They jumped over Detroit into fourth place by the victory and are above .500 for the first time this season.

The Red Sox display of offense made Mel Parnell, there slipped little southpaw, field great. The club was falling down miserably behind Parnell in his early-season starts, but has come through in his last two outings. Parnell at the Tigers number all day. He allowed only four hits, walked three and was ahead of the batters a good part of the time, throwing only 108 pitches.

Today the Red Sox got four runs in the fourth inning and gave Parnell good lead. They secured it with three runs in the ninth. Vern Stephens and Dominic DiMaggio knocked out home runs and there were two aboard when Stephens got his in the ninth-inning. DiMaggio at his home run to open the seventh. Another mighty blow for the Red Sox was struck by Bobby Doerr in the fourth inning. He knocked a tremendous line drive to dead center 420 feet from home plate, longer than either the home runs and was able to judge his way to third base for a triple.

Ted Williams boosted his batting average to .411 by getting two hits and four bats and it was even started the fourth inning rally. Stephens walked on four pitches and then Doerr unloaded his smash to center after Hal Newhowser happened in the hole with a two strike in no ball count. Sam Mele lined a single to center that scored Doerr tallied himself when birdie Tebbetts doubled to right-center to give the Red Sox a 4 to 1 lead at the time.

The Tigers came up with two runs in the eighth-inning but the Sox got them back and added one for good measure in the ninth when Johnny pesky doubled, Williams was purposely walked and Stephens followed by hitting his 11th Homer over the 370 foot screen in left-center, making it 8 to 3.

Ted Williams committed his first fielding error of the year when he permitted Johnny Lippon's base hit to row between his legs in the third inning. Johnny pesky had a rough day at the hot corner as both hoot Evers and George Kell they grounders at skip between himself and the bad that could of been knocked down.

 

at Briggs Stadium (Detroit) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

4

0

0

1

0

3

 

8

12

1

DETROIT TIGERS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

3

4

2

W-Mel Parnell (3-4)
L-Hal Newhouser (8-5)
Attendance 49,148

2B-Pesky (Bost), Lake (Det), Kell (Det)
3B-Doerr (Bost)
HR-DiMaggio (Bost), Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 1 .255  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 1 .265  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 2 .411  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 2 .294  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 2 .270  

 

Sam Mele rf 5 0 1 .228  

 

Jake Jones 1b 4 1 1 .214  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 2 .301  

 

Mel Parnell p 4 0 0 .080  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 9 4 2 5 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 34 18 -

 

 

New York Yankees 32 23 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 33 25 4

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 27 26 7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 28 28 6

 

 

Washington Senators 25 32 9 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 20 29 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 14 32 16