THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOBBY DOERR HOMERS AGAIN

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bobby Doerr's three HRs lead the Sox
to a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees

July 5, 1948 ... Presenting a thrilling finish in the second game of the day, the Red Sox twice knocked off the New York Yankees by scores of 6 to 5 and 8 to 7, in a rain-interrupted doubleheader at Fenway Park. Bobby Doerr enjoyed a big day at the plate with three home runs and a single, to provide a fitting twin killing. His third homer of the day tied a ballgame that seemed apparently lost. Down 7 to 5 with two away in the eighth and Ted Williams on first base, the quiet Red Sox leader drove his 13th home run of the year off the left-field light tower to tie up the game at 7 to 7 in the nightcap.

Jack Kramer, who defeated the Yankees in New York last week, won the opener, but weakened in the ninth inning and required the aid of Denny Galehouse. Kramer had only given up three hits over eight innings, before the ever dangerous Yankees caught up to his pitching and turned a 6 to 2 Boston lead into a 6 to 5, one run game. Galehouse rushed in to relieve and was a bit unfortunate in that Bobby Brown was on first and Cliff Mapes on third, when Stan Spence took a vicious line drive off the bat of Tommy Henrich for the game ending out.

Bobby Doerr's first home run of the day opened up the second inning and was followed by successive singles by Billy Goodman, Birdie Tebbetts and Kramer, getting the Sox a 2 to 0 lead. Another pair of runs was added in the fourth, as walks to Doerr in Goodman preceded Tebbetts double to left-center. The Sox would win the game in the sixth inning, as later events proved, when Vern Stephens opened with a single and moved to second as Bobby Brown threw out Bobby Doerr on a ground ball. Stephens moved to third on Goodman's infield out and Tebbetts walked. A wild pitch moved Stephens and Tebbetts up a base and both runners scored when Kramer solidly smacked one off the left-field wall, giving the Red Sox a 6 to 0 lead.

But the Yankees started coming back and scored two runs in the eighth. Kramer put down the first two Yankees in the ninth and the Sox seem safely home, leading 6 to 2. But Bill Johnson had other ideas and clipped a single over second, riding home when Johnny Lindell hit a home run by over the left field screen. Stuffy Stirnweiss then doubled to left and a hit through the hole by Sherm Lollar brought in Galehouse. Brown came up and singled one to right that brought in Stirnweiss and Mapes, who was pinch running for Lollar, cutting the Sox lead to just one run. At that point Stan Spence took Henrich's line drive and the Sox were in by the narrowest of margins.

Mickey Harris and Frank Shea were the starters in the nightcap, but neither was around the finish. The Red Sox took a 1 to 0 lead in the second inning, but the Yankees knocked around Harris and picked up four in the third. The Red Sox answered with one in the bottom of the inning and tied the game up in the fourth, sending Shea to the showers. Bobby Doerr singled and Billy Goodman walked. Matt Batts slammed a hard double off the wall and that brought in Red Embree to take over for New York and end the threat.

Harris plugged along, leading 5 to 4, until the eighth inning, when a three run flurry knocked him out of the game. Joe DiMaggio opened with a single and took second on a wild pitch. He scored when Bill Johnson hit his second triple of the game, one that got by Stan Spence. Galehouse came in again and got the first out, but Yogi Berra slapped a pitch to right for a single that scored Johnson with the Yankees sixth run to the lead. Stirnweiss reached with a single on a ground ball to Doerr, because nobody was covering first, as Goodman had also broken for the ball. Berra, who had stolen second, reached third. He scored the Yankees seventh run when Bob Brown hit a sacrifice fly ball out to Williams in left.

Going into the bottom of the eighth and now down 7 to 5, the Red Sox rallied back. Joe Page came in to pitch for New York and proceeded to walk Williams. Page blew his save, when after striking out Sam Mele and Vern Stephens, he went three and one on Bobby Doerr. Bobby then slammed his third home run of the day and fifth in the last five games, to tie the ballgame at 7-7.

Galehouse, after almost blowing the game in the first one, was extremely effective in the Yankees ninth, getting Henrich, Lindell and Joe D. in order. The Sox sent the fans home in the ninth-inning when Matt Batts singled, was sacrificed to second by Galehouse, and scored on Dom DiMaggio's base hit for the walk-off.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

 

 

5

11

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

0

2

0

2

0

0

x

 

 

6

10

0

 

 

W-Jack Kramer (8-3)
S-Denny Galehouse (3)
L-Vic Raschi (9-3)
Attendance - 34,138

 2B-Stirnweiss (NY), Tebbetts (Bost), D.DiMaggio (Bost)

 HR-Lindell (NY), Doerr (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

3

0

 

 

7

10

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

1

2

1

0

0

2

1

 

 

8

7

0

 

 

W-Denny Galehouse (2-4)
L-Joe Page (2-4)

 2B-Henrich (NY), Batts (Bost)

 3B-Johnson (2)(NY), J.DiMaggio (NY), Pesky (Bost)

 HR-Doerr (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .263  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 0 1 .278  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 0 .391  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 1 .227  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 1 .295  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 2 1 .263  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 2 1 .315  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 1 2 .295  

 

Jack Kramer p 3 0 2 .114  

 

Denny Galehouse p 0 0 0 .118  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jack Kramer 8.2 10 5 1 5  
  Denny Galehouse 0.1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 1 .264  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 1 1 .279  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 0 .386  

 

Stan Spence rf 1 0 0 .225  

 

Sam Mele ph/rf 1 0 0 .205  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .290  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 3 3 .271  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 1 0 .308  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 2 .351  

 

Wally Moses pr 0 1 0 .246  

 

Mickey Harris p 2 1 0 .154  

 

Denny Galehouse p 0 0 0 .118  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mickey Harris 7 8 6 4 3  
  Denny Galehouse 2 2 1 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 42 25 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 44 29 1

 

 

New York Yankees 41 29 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 35 32 7

 

 

Detroit Tigers 33 37 10 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 32 38 11 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 25 42 17

 

 

Chicago White Sox 23 43 18 1/2