THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOE DOBSON

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Joe Dobson's two hitter leads
the Sox in a doubleheader sweep

June 27, 1948 ... The Red Sox slapped down the St. Louis Browns twice by scores of 2 to 0 and 6 to 3. The first victory was done through Joe Dobson's two hit pitching and two runs that the Red Sox scored in the first inning. The nightcap was brought about by Ted Williams' three run homer in the first inning and a triple, as well as a home run by Bobby Doerr.

The second game went only seven innings, although there were two outs in the Browns half of the eighth when a rainstorm ended the playing for the day. The game reverted to the seventh inning total because the home team, trailing, did not get a chance to complete their time at bat in the eighth. The Sox had gone down in order in the top of the eighth and the Browns had their first two batters retired.

It was the pitching however that made manager Joe McCarthy very happy, as the Sox head for New York where they open a three-game series with the Yankees. Dobson was brilliant as he beat the Browns for the 11th straight time. Only one player reached second base and nobody made it to third. Bill Kennedy started for St. Louis and opened up by walking Dom DiMaggio. Johnny Pesky then singled and ground balls by Williams and Vern Stephens allowed the runs to score, giving the Red Sox their 2 to 0 lead.

Dave Ferriss was given the start in the nightcap and pitched very well. Singles by DiMaggio and Pesky preceded the Williams home run to start the game and give the Red Sox a 3 to 0 lead. The Browns knocked one off in the bottom of the first inning and another in the third, but the Red Sox came back with one in the fourth on Bobby Doerr's eighth home run of the year.

The Browns scored one more in the fifth to make the score 4 to 3, before the Red Sox got another run in the sixth. Goodman singled, Ferriss sacrificed him over and DiMaggio singled to make it 5 to 3. A single by Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr's triple sent the Sox total to six in the seventh inning.

Ferriss threw 72 pitches and made his record four wins and one loss. The last time the Browns beat Joe Dobson was on June 20 in 1946.

In addition to his 16th home run of the year, which boosted his RBI total to 69 in 59 games, Ted Williams had two singles and six official at bats. His batting average now sits at .415. Ted has now hit in 14 consecutive games, going 27 for 53 for a .509 average during that run.

 

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

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

6

0

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

2

1

W-Joe Dobson (9-4)
L-Bill Kennedy (1-1)
Attendance 10,024

 

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

0

1

0

1

1

   

 

6

12

0

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

   

 

3

8

1

W-Dave Ferriss (4-1)
L-Ned Garver (2-6)


2B-Dillinger (StL),
3B-Doerr (Bost)
HR-Williams (Bost), Doerr (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 0 .253  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 1 .268  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 1 .411  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 2 .303  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .257  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 0 .220  

 

Jake Jones 1b 3 0 0 .209  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .296  

 

Joe Dobson p 4 0 1 .268  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  
  Joe Dobson 9 2 0 2 4  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 2 .257  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 2 .273  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 2 2 .415  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .298  

 

Wally Moses rf 3 0 0 .278  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 2 .261  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 1 3 .291  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 1 .333  

 

Dave Ferriss p 1 0 0 .154  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  
  Dave Ferriss 7 8 3 2 0  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 40 26 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 37 23 -

 

 

New York Yankees 37 25 1

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 31 28 5 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 29 32 8 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 29 34 9 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 23 37 14

 

 

Chicago White Sox 18 39 17 1/2