THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOE DOBSON

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Dobson sets down the Yankees for a series sweep

July 6, 1948 ... Substituting finesse for power, the Red Sox swept the three-game holiday series by downing the New York Yankees, 2 to 1, before an exuberant crowd of 31,735 patrons at Fenway Park. Joe Dobson, ace of the Sox pitching staff, was magnificent as he dominated the game. Pitching his best baseball of the year, Dobson held the still formidable Bronx bombers to five hits and lost a shutout by one run in the eighth-inning. Winning his 10th victory of the year, Dobson grew stronger as the game progressed, striking out the final three Yankee hitters in the ninth-inning. The fans in Fenway saw the Red Sox cut the Yankee lead over them in the American League to 3 1/2 games.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox put up two runs against Yankee starter Frank Hiller as Birdie Tebbetts, who played a great game all night, squeezed home what proved to be the winning run in the second inning. Tebbetts, who handled Dobson superbly throughout the game, came through with a perfect squeeze bunt and caught the sleeping Yankees off second base on a most precipitous occasion.

Ted Williams came through with a three for four day, including a left-field single and a pushed bunt on which no play could be made. However, the Kid, for the first time this year, was fooled by a drive off the fence in retrieving Yogi Berra's double in the eighth-inning that permitted Tommy Henrich to score the only Yankee run. With two down Henrich walked on four pitches. Berra took a bad pitch from Dobson and smashed it off the left-field scoreboard for two bases. Ted played the rebound badly and allowed Henrich to score, ruining Dobson's chance for a shutout.

After Dom DiMaggio went down on strikes in the first inning, Johnny Pesky drew a walk and pulled up at second when Williams slapped a clean single to left. Stan Spence forced Williams at second, but the return throw was not in time to get Spence at first. Firstbaseman George McQuinn spun around to see Pesky heading for the plate and his hurried throw arrived too late to catch the speedy Sox third baseman.

Up 1 to 0, Billy Goodman opened the second inning by pulling a drive to right, which landed in front of Tommy Henrich. Goodman took advantage of his speed and headed for second, winding up on third when Henrich's throw got away from Stuffy Stirnweiss. On the second pitch that he saw, Tebbetts dropped a perfect bunt down the first base line as Goodman broke for home and easily scored the Sox second run. Hiller fell after fielding the ball and threw late to Berra, with little chance to erase Goodman.

Dobson threw 115 pitches and faced only 34 men, with only 19 over the last five innings. He is 2 and 1 against the Bombers this year.

Tebbetts may wind up third in the fans voting for the All-Star catching position behind Berra, as Pat Mullin of the Detroit Tigers was added to the American League All-Star team today. Ted Williams got the most individual votes with 1,556,784. Stan Musial held second place and Joe DiMaggio came in third.

Five new players were added to the National League All-Star team including Eddie Stanky of the Braves at second base.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

1

5

3

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

2

6

1

 

 

W-Joe Dobson (10-5)
L-Frank Hiller (2-1)
Attendance - 31,735

 2B-Berra (NY), Goodman (Bost), Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 0 .261  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 1 0 .275  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 3 .392  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 0 .219  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 2 .293  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .267  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 1 .307  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .290  

 

Joe Dobson p 3 0 0 .239  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 9 5 1 3 7  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 45 29 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 42 26 -

 

 

New York Yankees 41 30 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 36 32 6

 

 

Detroit Tigers 34 37 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 32 39 11 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 26 42 16

 

 

Chicago White Sox 23 44 18 1/2