THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox can't hold back the Yankees

July 1, 1948 ... The Red Sox dropped the deciding game of the three-game series to the Yankees by a 10 to 7 score, falling 5 1/2 games behind them at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Harris, who had not pitched for eight days, was given the starting assignment. He was knocked out in the first inning as Yankees drove across seven runs.

Home runs by Vern Stephens, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky proved to be no help, as the Yankees added runs against Denny Galehouse and later Earl Johnson. Yankee rookie, Frank Hiller, making his second start, staggered through 8 2/3 innings against the assault of the Red Sox, but was saved by Joe Page who got Pesky out to win the game. Ted Williams was held in check going without a base hit after hitting in 16 straight games.

Mickey Harris did manage to get Phil Rizzuto out in the first inning before the trouble started. The Yankees had three runs in with two outs and Bill Johnson on second when Gus Niarhos hit one down the third-base line. Pesky, apparently thinking there were two men on, outraced Johnson to third and stepped on the bag, then made a late throw to first. Both runners were safe on what was ruled the fielder's choice. Harris then walked Snuffy Stirnweiss to load the bases and Hiller helped himself with a double. Denny Galehouse came in for Harris and a Phil Rizzuto single brought in the seventh Yankee run and an insurmountable lead.

Bobby Doerr's ninth home run into the curved left-field seats in the second, was the first hit off Hiller. Pesky knocked out his second homer the year into the right-field stands with Galehouse aboard in the sixth. Vern Stephens notched his 15th home run well into the left-field seats with both Pesky and Williams aboard.

Joe DiMaggio clouted a Galehouse fastball off the 415 foot wire fence in front of the deep left-centerfield stands. Had the ball gone over the wire protection he would've been the third major leaguer to do it. Hank Greenberg and Jimmie Foxx were the only ones to clear that fence in the past.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

3

1

 

7

9

2

NEW YORK YANKEES

7

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

x

 

10

11

1

W-Frank Hiller (2-0)
S-Joe Page (10)
L-Mickey Harris (1-6)
Attendance 25,294

2B-Goodman (Bost), Pesky (Bost), Henrich (NY),
Johnson (NY), Hiller (NY), Niarhos (NY)
3B-Lindell (NY), J.DiMaggio (NY)
HR-Doerr (Bost), Pesky (Bost), Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .257  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 2 2 .276  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 0 .402  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 2 .299  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 0 .246  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 2 1 .257  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 2 .297  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .289  

 

Mickey Harris p 0 0 0 .182  

 

Denny Galehouse p 2 1 1 .118  

 

Stan Spence ph 1 0 0 .221  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .067  

 

Sam Mele ph 1 0 0 .212  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mickey Harris 0.2 4 7 2 0  

 

Denny Galehouse 6.1 6 1 0 2  

 

Earl Johnson 1 1 1 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 39 24 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 41 27 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 39 26 1

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 32 30 6 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 30 34 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 30 35 10

 

 

St. Louis Browns 25 38 14

 

 

Chicago White Sox 19 41 18 1/2