THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JACK KRAMER

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Jack Kramer holds the Yankees in check

June 30, 1948 ... Jack Kramer, in by far his most effective performance of the year, considering the opposition and the pressure, put down the Yankees with seven scattered hits to rack up a 7 to 3 decision before 31,615 fans at Yankee Stadium. He outlasted Vic Raschi and a pair of relievers, to pin the Yankees' first setback after nine straight wins, and keep the Red Sox in a contending position for the American League pennant.

On a very humid night, Kramer became better as he went along, striking out three Yankees, including a pair of pinch hitters in the ninth inning, when he was tagged for his third and final run. He was aided on offense by the sturdy efforts of Vern Stephens, who belted his 14th Homer the year, and a single that knocked in five runs. Ted Williams went one for five and continued his consecutive game hitting streak, now at 16 games. A double steal pulled off by Birdie Tebbetts and Wally Moses was another highlight of the game.

Both Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky were on base all day to support Kramer, who weathered a bad start, when wildness saw him give back a 2 to 0 Red Sox lead in the first inning. The importance of this performance can be underlined in the fact that Kramer had not gone the distance against a first division club all year. He threw 135 pitches under the summer burning sun, but in striking out the Yankees in the ninth, he showed more aggressiveness than in any previous outing. He did not walk a man over the last six innings, giving up only three hits and facing just 21 batters.

The Red Sox scored their two runs in the first inning when, with DiMaggio and Pesky on base, and Stephens, down two strikes, lined a single to center to score them both. But the lead was short-lived for the Yankees took advantage of Kramer's wildness to knot the score. Kramer loaded the bases on two walks and a Yogi Berra single. Then Bill Johnson delivered a two run single into left to tie up the game. After that Kramer put down Johnny Lindell on strikes.

The Red Sox took the lead again in the third inning when Pesky dropped in a Texas league single to short left and Ted Williams singled on the first pitch he saw, off the right-field wall to send Johnny to third. Pesky scored on a sacrifice fly by Stephens.

The Sox added two more runs in the sixth when Stephens belted his 14th homer into the left-field stands for his 60th RBI of the year. Wally Moses walked and then stole second and Tebbetts hit one that didn't get by Phil Rizzuto, who made a marvelous backhanded stop, to hold Moses at third. Tebbetts then stole second with Kramer at the plate and Raschi spun around and threw to Stirnweiss. As he did this Moses broke for the plate and slid in and ahead of Stirnweiss' throw to make the score 5 to 2.

The Red Sox got two more in the seventh and the Yankees got one more in the ninth as Kramer was getting tired in the 82 humidity. He gave up a double to Billy Johnson and then called on his reserves to strike out Lindell. Stirnweiss however singled to center to score the third Yankees run and Kramer then struck out pinch hitters Cliff Mapes and Steve Souchock to end the game.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

1

0

0

2

2

0

0

 

7

10

0

NEW YORK YANKEES

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

3

7

0

W-Jack Kramer (7-3)
L-Vic Raschi (9-2)
Attendance 31,615

2B-D.DiMaggio (Bost), Pesky (Bost), J.DiMaggio (NY),
Johnson (NY)
HR-Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 2 3 .261  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 3 2 .273  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 0 1 .407  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 2 .296  

 

Wally Moses rf 3 1 0 .263  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .258  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .289  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .290  

 

Jack Kramer p 4 0 0 .063  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jack Kramer 9 7 3 3 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 39 23 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 40 27 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 38 26 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 32 29 6 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 30 34 10

 

 

Detroit Tigers 29 34 10 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 24 38 15

 

 

Chicago White Sox 19 40 18 1/2