THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TED WILLIAMS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
DREAM SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Ted Williams' (.417 BA) big afternoon in Chicago

June 23, 1948 ... Game postponed

June 24, 1948 ... Coming from behind to pull out the second game of a doubleheader by an 8 to 6 score, on the back of two home runs by Ted Williams and fine relief pitching of Earl Johnson, the Red Sox split the afternoon at Comiskey Park.

For the first time in seven games the Red Sox lost a game in the opener, by a 3 to 1 score. Ellis Kinder had one bad inning for Boston in the opening game, granting all the White Sox runs and five of the six hits that he gave up. Boston batters had nothing before the overpowering pitching of left Bill Wight. The one good chance the Red Sox had, was in the first inning when Wight struggled with his control and walked both Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky, who both died on base. Successive hits by Sam Mele and Jake Jones, and Matt Batt's single after a doubleplay, prevented the Red Sox from being shutout in the seventh inning.

Down by a score of 5 to 1 in the second inning, the Red Sox, paced by Ted Williams' 14th home run of the season and DiMaggio's fifth, along with a pinch-hit single by Wally Moses took a 6 to 5 lead. Ted hit his 15th home run in the eighth with Pesky aboard.

In the second game, the White Sox got to starter Jack Kramer with two runs in the very first inning. They then scored three more in the fourth inning. Then the Red Sox started their comeback. DiMaggio homered over the left centerfield wall above the scoreboard in the fifth. Pesky beat out a bunt down to Luke Appling and scored ahead of Ted Williams home run, making it 5 to 4.

Opening the sixth inning, really Goodman doubled to right-center. Ray Caldwell came in to pitch for Chicago and walked the next batter, Matt Batts. Wally Moses came up as a pinch-hitter and singled to right, scoring Goodman. Batts scored on DiMaggio's sacrifice fly. The Red Sox now led 6 to 5. Then Earl Johnson came in for the Red Sox and stopped the White Sox in their tracks. In the eighth-inning Williams came up again and with one away, and Pesky on first, blasted his second round tripper the afternoon into the upper right-field stands.

When the afternoon was done, Ted's batting average sat at in unbelievable .417, with two homers, a double and four base on balls. In addition Ted's RBI total was sent up to 65 to lead the American League.

 

at Comiskey Park (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

6

1

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

3

6

1

W-Bill Wight (4-5)
L-Ellis Kinder (2-3)
Attendance 8700

2B-Williams (Bost)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

3

2

0

2

0

 

8

10

0

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

2

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

5

11

1

W-Jack Kramer (6-3)
S-Earl Johnson (1)
L-Earl Caldwell (1-3)

2B-DiMaggio (Bost), Goodman (Bost), Kolloway (Chi),
Wright (Chi), Appling (Chi), Weigel (Chi)
HR-DiMaggio (Bost), Williams (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 0 .253  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 0 1 .265  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 1 .412  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .299  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .267  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 1 1 .229  

 

Jake Jones 1b 4 0 1 .216  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .302  

 

Ellis Kinder p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Matt Batts ph 1 0 1 .375  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .071  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  
  Ellis Kinder 6 6 3 2 2  
  Earl Johnson 2 0 0 0 0  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 2 .257  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 3 3 .276  

 

Ted Williams lf 2 2 2 .417  

 

Stan Spence rf 6 0 0 .230  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 1 .297  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 0 .260  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 1 .272  

 

Matt Batts c 4 1 0 .341  

 

Jack Kramer p 2 0 0 .071  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 1 .294  

 

Earl Johnson p 1 0 0 .067  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  
  Jack Kramer 5 9 5 1 1  
  Earl Johnson 4 2 0 1 2  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 35 21 -

 

 

New York Yankees 35 24 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 36 26 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 29 27 6

 

 

Detroit Tigers 28 30 8

 

 

Washington Senators 27 32 9 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 22 35 13 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 18 35 15 1/2