THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MEL PARNELL

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Parnell scatters eight hits and
gives the Sox an easy win

July 8, 1948 ... The potent southpaw pitching of Mel Parnell restored the Red Sox to the win column at Fenway Park tonight. Parnell scattered eight Washington hits, to give the Sox a 4 to 1 victory, erasing the bad taste they had left over from the night before. The Senators were spotted a run in the first inning and with Parnell pitching eight subsequent shutout rounds, the Sox roared back to clip Early Wynn for a pair of runs and his successor Forrest Thompson, for two more.

Although Parnell's pitching was outstanding, the big spark was provided by Ted Williams. His two base hits provided the first and final Red Sox runs. It was a hot, well played scheduled game on a perfect night.

After the Senators scored in the first inning, Dom DiMaggio opened the assault on Wynn with a single to center in the bottom of the first. After Johnny Pesky flied out, Williams doubled off the left-field wall to send Dom to third, who scored on Stan Spence's long fly ball to centerfield, tying up the game.

Three straight singles gave the Red Sox their second and winning run in the next inning. Bobby Doerr started it with a base hit and took third when Billy Goodman drilled one by Mickey Vernon at first. Birdie Tebbetts lashed one back at Wynn and struck him on the right ankle for a single, scoring Doerr.

This brought in Thompson and the chunky southpaw, without the benefit of warming up, threw good baseball during the final seven innings. He got out of the initial jam by getting Parnell on a pop fly and DiMaggio on a doubleplay.

The Sox final pair of runs were tainted. Vern Stephens walk to start the fourth and Bobby Doerr blooped one into short right for a single that sent Stephens to third. Goodman dribbled a small one down to Al Kozar at second, whose throw home and attempted nail Stephens was wide and the Sox had their third run.

Williams' speed produce the fourth and final run. He stretched a routine pop fly to center into a double, was sacrificed to third by Spence, and scored as Doerr flied out to McBride in right field.

Parnell's win was his fourth of the year and second over Washington. Tebbetts' line drive that hit Wynn in the second inning badly bruised his right ankle. He left with the team last night and will have the ankle x-rayed in Washington tomorrow.

 

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

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

8

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

x

 

 

4

8

1

 

 

W-Mel Parnell (4-5)
L-Early Wynn (7-9)
Attendance - 26,996

 2B-Williams (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 1 .261  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .265  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 2 .394  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 0 0 .210  

 

Vern Stephens ss 2 1 0 .298  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 2 .273  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .310  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 2 .295  

 

Mel Parnell p 3 0 0 .065  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 9 8 1 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 44 26 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 46 30 1

 

 

New York Yankees 42 31 3 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 37 33 7

 

 

Detroit Tigers 36 37 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 33 40 12 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 26 44 18

 

 

Chicago White Sox 23 46 20 1/2