THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BUDDY ROSAR SCORES

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Lou Brissie keeps the Sox bats from doing damage

July 2, 1948 ... Lou Brissie pitched the Athletics to a 4 to 2 victory over the Red Sox and except for a tiring finish, the left-hander, with the shattered leg, laced his fastball past the power laden Red Sox to spoil Joe Dobson's consecutive game winning streak at six straight. Brissie had beaten the Red Sox by the same score on April 19th, having given six hits against to less on that occasion, after Ted Williams had almost ruined his career with a torrid line drive off his battered leg.

Williams could do nothing more than get a long single and was twice sent down on called strikes in this game. To finish off his excellent pitching, Brissie fanned Babe Martin with a man on base in the ninth. Although this was hardly a masterful bit of pitching, Brissie had a scary situation in the eighth-inning. The Athletics were leading by a 3 to 1 score, but Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky singled to open the inning. However Ted Williams flied out to short left and Vern Stephens lined a drive to the foot of the wall, that scored DiMaggio and Bobby Doerr hit another line drive out to the same spot to end the threat.

Bobby Doerr had set up the only other run with a double off the wall after Stephens had opened the second inning with a walk. Sam Mele was given an intentional walk and Birdie Tebbetts grounded one down to Ferris Fain at first who forced Mele at second. Mele blocked Eddie Joost's attempted double play, but when Doerr attempted to follow Stephens home, he was thrown out at the plate.

Dobson, after pitching one-hit ball for four innings, was reached for four base hits for two runs in the fifth to put the Athletics up 2 to 1. They got another run in the sixth and one more in the ninth. Earl Johnson relieved Dobson in the eighth after he was pinch-hit for by Matt Batts.

 

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5

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R

H

E

 
 

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

1

 

 

4

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

2

6

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W-Lou Brissie (7-6)
L-Joe Dobson (9-5)
Attendance - 33,989

 2B-Suder (Phil), Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 2 .261  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 1 .276  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 1 .399  

 

Vern Stephens ss 2 1 0 .297  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 1 .257  

 

Sam Mele rf 3 0 0 .207  

 

Jake Jones 1b 4 0 0 .204  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .290  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 0 0 .256  

 

Matt Batts ph 1 0 0 .320  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .067  

 

Babe Martin ph 1 0 0 .333  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 7 7 3 3 2  
  Earl Johnson 2 2 1 3 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 40 24 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 42 27 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 39 26 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 32 31 7 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 31 35 10

 

 

Detroit Tigers 30 35 10 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 25 39 15

 

 

Chicago White Sox 20 41 18 1/2