THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

WALLY MOSES, TED WILLIAMS,
DOM DiMAGGIO

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Ted out and Wally Moses comes up big

July 10, 1948 ... Jack Kramer's solid shutout pitching and a lusty first inning home run by Vern Stephens, carried the Red Sox to a 4 to 0 triumph over the ambitious Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park. Kramer chalked up his seventh win in succession, spreading out ten A's hits so effectively, that only one man ever reached third base. He was given splendid support the field and was presented with a four-run lead before he threw his first pitch.

With Ted Williams sitting out his first game of the year, Stephens, Wally Moses and Bobby Doerr furnished the Red Sox thunder. Stephens' 17th home run of the season, carried him into the major league RBI leadership over Williams, as well as putting him ahead in the Sox home run Derby. Stephens three RBIs raised his count for the season to 74 and 72 games.

The Red Sox scored all their runs off a not properly warmed up Bill McCahan in the opening inning. They knocked him for four hits and then he silenced the Sox hitters with three-hit shutout pitching over the final eight innings. Neither this mattered to Kramer who was in complete command throughout the game.

Dom DiMaggio opened the game by getting the first of 11 passes that McCahan issued. When Johnny Pesky rolled into a doubleplay it looked like curtains for the Red Sox, but Wally Moses proved to be a potent substitute for Williams, when he stroked a single into right field to revive the rally. It was the first of Wally's three hits.

Following Moses' hit, Stan Spence drew a walk and then McCahan worked hard on Stephens. With the count at three and two, he tried to fire a fastball by him and Stephens gave it a terrific ride toward the upper stands in left-center. The ball didn't reach the seats and bounced out of a fans hands back into the playing field. It was a home run and gave the Sox a 3 to 0 lead. The final run for the Sox in the inning was produced on another homer by Bobby Doerr that went into the upper deck in left field. Billy Goodman next slapped a double down the left-field line but McCahan hung in there and retired Birdie Tebbetts to end the inning.

In the second inning the Sox had the bases loaded with two outs and this time Stephens hit a sharp bouncer down to Eddie Joost that ended another threat. With two on and nobody out in the seventh, McCahan escaped by erasing both Stephens and Doerr on pop-ups, and then got Goodman on a soft roller down to Pete Suder.

Kramer worked out of trouble in the fifth inning and again in the eighth inning. When Stephens and Doerr homered in succession during the first inning, it was the sixth time this year that they had stroked home runs in a row.

Ted Williams as come up with a painful injury as a small cartilage between two ribs snapped in his chest some time during the Thursday night game against the Senators. Yesterday he played in spite of the fact that he was in pain and had his chest x-rayed this morning. It didn't reveal any rib fracture, but Williams was unable to play today. It was the first time he had missed a game this season. Rest is the only cure for the injury and it will bench Ted for the All-Star game next week. The Red Sox had another player added to the All-Star roster when Joe Dobson was named to replace Bob Feller.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

4

7

0

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

10

0

W-Jack Kramer (9-3)
L-Bill McCahan (0-3)
Attendance 13,355

2B-Goodman (Bost), Moses (Bost)
HR-Stephens (Bost), Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 1 .264  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 0 .258  

 

Wally Moses lf 4 1 3 .286  

 

Stan Spence rf 2 1 0 .213  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 1 .305  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 1 .275  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .318  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 2 0 0 .288  

 

Jack Kramer p 1 0 0 .111  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 9 10 0 3 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 44 27 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 47 31 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 44 31 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 38 34 6 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 38 37 8

 

 

Washington Senators 33 42 13

 

 

St. Louis Browns 27 44 17

 

 

Chicago White Sox 23 48 21