THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox
blow a lead in the ninth

July 9, 1948 ... The play of the Red Sox took a dismal turn, as they blew another baseball game. This time the Athletics came from behind to land a ninth inning decision, by a score of 8 to 7, before 28,323 happy fans in Shibe Park. Manager Joe McCarthy twice ordered intentional passes to men who represented the winning run. Both runners scored, with the final one being the winning run.

In the ninth-inning, with a two run lead, Stan Spence allowed pinch-hitter Carl Sheib's smash to zoom out of his outstretched glove for a double that scored Elmer Valo, who had been intentionally passed, to score the winning run. The Philly victory moved them into a tie with Cleveland for the American League race.

So important was this game that Joe McCarthy inserted his pitching ace, Joe Dobson, into the game in the eighth-inning and Joe wound up being the loser. It was sweet revenge for Charlie Harris, who was subject to the Red Sox bats last Sunday, when he was belted around for 12 runs in one inning. Tonight he pitched one perfect inning to win the game.

The Red Sox shelled Joe Coleman for five hits and three runs in the opening inning. They gave Ellis Kinder a four-run lead in the third with another run. Spence had shattered his batting slump during the Sox early surge with a double and a triple.

Kinder had pitched two hit, shutout ball for five innings. In the sixth inning he fell apart and faced nine A's batters. It cost the Sox six runs and the lead. With two runs in and men on second and third, Kinder was ordered to pass Valo on purpose to load the bases. It never came about. Instead he passed Buddy Rosar to force in one run. He struck out Pete Suder but then walked Herman Franks to force the tying run across. With Valo on third and Rosar on second, both men scored when Eddie Joost lined a single into right for a 6 to 4 Philly lead.

But the Red Sox bounced back to regain the lead off Bob Savage in the eighth-inning. Billy Goodman singled and Savage then walked Birdie Tebbetts. Wally Moses came in to pinch-hit and singled to center, scoring Goodman. Dom DiMaggio brought in another run with a base hit to tie up the game. After Ted Williams walked, the bases were loaded and Savage walked Stephens, allowing Moses to score the go-ahead run.

Dobson survived the eighth-inning, one which Ray Coleman opened up with a double. But he wasn't so fortunate in the ninth. Ferris Fain started it off with a double and took third as Hank Majeski grounded out to Bobby Doerr. Then to everyone's amazement, Valo was again walked intentionally. Buddy Rosar's long fly ball brought Fain home with the tying run. Dobson hurt his own cause by hitting Pete Suder with a pitch and Scheib, the A's 21-year-old pitcher, who had been hitting close to .300 this year, came out to pinch-hit for Harris. He drove one into right field and Spence came in to fast, finally sticking up his glove in a desperate attempt to catch the ball, but it hit the end of his glove and bounced behind him as Valo scored the eventual winning run.

The Athletics are winning the close games and this one was their 25th game by a one run margin. Dobson his now worked in three games over the last four days. Spence had gone hitless in 12 times at bat before he doubled in the first inning. Vern Stephens and Eddie Joost were perfect, each with four hits and a pass.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

0

 

7

15

0

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

2

 

8

12

0

W-Bubba Harris (4-1)
L-Joe Dobson (10-6)
Attendance 28,323

2B-Spence (Bost), Stephens (Bost), Majeski (2)(Phil),
Coleman (Phil), Fain (Phil), Scheib (Phil)
3B-Spence (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 2 .263  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 1 .264  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 0 .388  

 

Stan Spence rf 5 2 2 .216  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 4 .307  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 2 .275  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 3 .320  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .291  

 

Sam Mele pr 0 1 0 .205  

 

Matt Batts c 1 0 0 .345  

 

Ellis Kinder p 2 0 0 .143  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .067  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 1 1 .258  

 

Joe Dobson p 1 0 0 .234  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ellis Kinder 5.2 6 6 5 3  

 

Earl Johnson 1.1 2 0 1 0  

 

Joe Dobson 1.2 4 2 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 47 30 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 44 27 -

 

 

New York Yankees 43 31 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 37 34 7

 

 

Detroit Tigers 37 37 8 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 33 41 12 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 27 44 17

 

 

Chicago White Sox 23 47 20 1/2