THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DAVE FERRISS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Philly gets to Ferriss in the eighth inning

July 3, 1948 ... The surprising visitors from Philadelphia chalked up their fifth consecutive win by an 8 to 2 score, at the too friendly Fenway Park. The A's remained close to the AL roof with their latest success, as the Red Sox fell another notch behind, in their struggle to get back in the pennant race.

Dick Fowler held the Sox well in hand by limiting the team to seven hits. He was involved in a tight pitching battle with Dave Ferriss for seven innings. His lead was a scanty 2 to 1, until the A's went on a four-run rampage in the eighth-inning.

Ferriss was very effective in the clutch for seven innings. He was clipped for two runs in the second inning after two were out. Pete Suder and Fowler singled in succession and then Eddie Joost doubled off the wall in center to chase two baserunners home.

The Sox got one back in the fourth when Fowler gave up an opening single to Ted Williams. After Vern Stephens lined out, Wally Moses doubled to right, moving Ted over to third. Fowler gave Doerr an intentional pass to load the bases and then continued his generosity with Billy Goodman, although not on purpose, to force in Williams. Fowler then disposed of Birdie Tebbetts and Ferris to prevent any additional damage.

The game went along with Philly leading 2 to 1 until the eighth-inning, when Ferriss gave up four runs. Mickey McDermott came in and gave up two runs in the ninth by walking five Philadelphia batters.

Singles by Billy Goodman and Tebbetts in the ninth resulted in the Red Sox second run. On the bright side was Billy Goodman's batting streak. He connected for single in his last at bat to extend his streak to 11 games. Ferriss pitched runless, two-hit ball from the third inning through the seventh, before fading. Ted Williams went back over the .400 Mark with two hits in three times at bat. The only time he was retired was in the fifth inning when he tried to push and hit through the vacated shortstop position, but Eddie Joost made a terrific player in just nailed him at first.

During batting practice, Earl Johnson was chasing flyballs and sprained his left ankle. He had the ankle packed in ice and then wrapped up before going over to Saint Elizabeth's hospital for x-rays.

 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

4

2

 

 

8

11

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

2

7

1

 

 

W-Dick Fowler (6-1)
L-Dave Ferriss (4-2)
Attendance - 15,435

 2B-Joost (Phil), Suder (Phil), Coleman (Phil),
 Rosar (Phil), Moses (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 0 .256  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 1 .275  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 2 .403  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 0 .293  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 1 .246  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .258  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 1 1 .298  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .289  

 

Dave Ferriss p 3 0 0 .125  

 

Mickey McDermott p 0 0 0 .375  

 

Harry Dorish p 0 0 0 .250  

 

Stan Spence ph 1 0 0 .220  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dave Ferriss 8 11 6 2 1  
  Mickey McDermott 0.2 0 2 5 2  
  Harry Dorish 0.1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 41 24 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 43 27 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 40 27 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 32 32 8 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 31 35 10 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 31 36 11

 

 

St. Louis Browns 25 40 16

 

 

Chicago White Sox 20 42 19 1/2