THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

VERN STEPHENS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Brian Stephens wins his own game for the Browns

June 25, 1948 ... The Browns and the Red Sox were deadlocked at six runs apiece and there were three St. Louis runners on base, with two men down in the last of the eighth. Pitcher Brian Stephens strolled to the plate instead of a pinch-hitter. And he came through in the clutch against relief hurler Denny Galehouse, and on his first pitch, lacing a line double to left-center, 410 feet from the plate, that brought home three St. Louis runs for a 9 to 6 Brown's victory. It was the first hit that Stephens had made this season, and it was a costly one for the Red Sox.

Twice the Red Sox had gotten the lead and twice the Brownies had surged from behind to tie the score. In the first inning the Red Sox had jumped out a 2 to 1 lead when Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky walked, later scoring on an infield single by Vern Stephens. The the Sox then got three more runs in the third inning when, with DiMaggio and Stan Spence on base, Vern Stephens lashed one of Brian Stephens' pitches on a line into left-field stands for a home run and a 5 to 1 lead. It was Vern Stephens 13th home run of the year.

The Browns came back in the bottom of the fourth to tie it up. Les Moss banged out a three run homer off starting pitcher Mel Parnell and then Chuck Stevens tripled to center to score Sam Dente, who had walked previous to him.

Vern Stephens, who would already knocked in five runs, scored the sixth run himself. In the sixth inning he walked and reached second on a wild throw to first. He scored on a single to center by Birdie Tebbetts to give the Sox a 6 to 5 lead. But the Browns came back yet again in their half of the sixth to tie it up on a single, an error by Ted Williams in left field, a bunt and an outfield fly. And so the game tied up at 6 to 6 went into the bottom of the eighth-inning where young Mister Stephens of the Browns won his own ballgame.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

6

6

2

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

1

0

0

4

0

1

0

3

x

 

9

9

3

W-Bryan Stephens (2-4)
L-Denny Galehouse (1-4)
Attendance 3574


2B-Goodman (Bost), Dillinger (StL), Moss (StL), B.Stephens (StL)
3B-Stevens (StL)
HR-V.Stephens (Bost), Moss (StL)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 2 1 .258  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 0 .270  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 0 1 .412  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 1 0 .223  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 2 .300  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .256  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .271  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .301  

 

Mel Parnell p 2 0 0 .074  

 

Denny Galehouse p 1 0 0 .067  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 3.1 5 4 2 0  
  Denny Galehouse 4.2 4 4 4 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 35 22 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 37 26 1

 

 

New York Yankees 35 25 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 29 28 6

 

 

Detroit Tigers 29 30 7

 

 

Washington Senators 28 32 8 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 23 35 12 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 18 36 15 1/2