THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Washington scores five in the 9th
to break the Sox streak

July 7, 1948 ... The Red Sox were short circuited as they suffered a ninth inning nightmare and dropped a 7-6 decision to the Senators at Fenway before 33,957 horrified fans.  The Sox saw an almost certain victory slip from their grasp.

Dave Ferriss pitched his longest game of the season only to lose complete control allowing a hit and three consecutive walks to force in a run.  At that point Ellis Kinder was brought in the game and gave up a single that scored another run. Mel Parnell was then called in and saw his first pitch smashed to left center that scored the tying runs.

And so, Joe McCarthy brought in his ace, Joe Dobson, who had pitched the night before.  But after getting behind Carden Gillenwater, the ex-Brave smacked one off the wall for a double and the eventual winning run.

The Sox initially picked up two in the second inning when Birdie Tebbetts knocked in Vern Stephens with a double and scored himself on Ferriss' single to center.

In the third inning the Sox jumped out to a 4-1 lead when Vern Stephens launched a two run homer over the wall to score Stan Spence in front of him. Ted Williams picked up his 100th base hit of the season when his single skipped over second base.

Bobby Doerr homered in the 8th giving the Sox a 6 to 2 cushion before the Senators started their filibuster in the ninth inning.  Stephens singled twice in the game along with his 16th home run to tie Williams for the A.L. lead in homers.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

5

 

 

7

11

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

 

 

6

12

1

 

 

W-Dick Welteroth (2-0)
S-Tom Ferrick (8)
L-Ellis Kinder (3-4)
Attendance - 33,957

 2B-Gillenwater (Wash), Tebbetts (Bost)

 HR-Stephens (Bost), Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 1 .260  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .270  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 2 .392  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 1 0 .214  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 3 .300  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 2 2 1 .269  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 2 .312  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 1 .289  

 

Dave Ferriss p 4 0 2 .200  

 

Ellis Kinder p 0 0 0 .158  

 

Mel Parnell p 0 0 0 .071  

 

Joe Dobson p 0 0 0 .239  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Dave Ferriss 8.1 8 5 6 3  

 

Ellis Kinder - 1 1 0 0  

 

Mel Parnell - 1 0 0 0  
  Joe Dobson 0.2 1 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 46 29 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 43 26 -

 

 

New York Yankees 41 31 3 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 36 33 7

 

 

Detroit Tigers 35 37 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 33 39 11 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 26 43 17

 

 

Chicago White Sox 23 45 19 1/2