THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox battle back in the first game,
but get knocked out in the second contest

July 11, 1948 ... Winning a dramatic 9 to 8, 10 inning opener, the Red Sox failed to close in on the American League pennant scramble, when they were slapped around for a 7 to 5 loss in the second game of their doubleheader against the Athletics in Philadelphia. A six run explosion by the A's in the second game off Mickey Harris and Mike Palm, clinched the eight inning get away nightcap, cut short because of Pennsylvania's blue laws.

Five times during the opener, the lead changed hands. Joe Dobson failed to hold a 2 to 0 lead and a 5 to 3 advantage. He was sent to the showers in favor of Dave Ferriss in the third inning. For 5 1/3 innings, big Dave hurled brilliant one-hit shutout baseball. He was operating on an 8 to 6 lead entering the ninth inning, which came close to being another nightmare.

Starting in the ninth, Barney McCoskey singled and took second as Ferriss threw out Ray Coleman. Then Dom DiMaggio made a late wrong way turn on Ferris Fain's drive to center. The ball popped out of his glove for a double and McCoskey collided with Birdie Tebbetts at the plate to beat Vern Stephens relay throw. Fain then came across on a delayed dash, as Hank Majeski was thrown out by Ferriss. That tied up the game and send it into extra innings.

Billy Goodman started the Sox winning come back in the 10th. He lashed a triple to center and held third as Tebbetts popped out. Following a pass to Dave Ferriss, DiMaggio slammed a long double right-center to score Goodman with the eventual winning run.

A single by Johnny Pesky, a double by Stan Spence and a single by Sam Mele, had given the Sox a two run start in the first inning. Four hits and a pass gave the A's three runs in the second. Three hits and a walk by the Red Sox, got those runs back in the third, but Dobson couldn't hold it. Majeski singled, a walk and Pete Suder's home run gave the Athletics a 6 to 5 lead.

But the Sox tied it up on a pass to DiMaggio a double to Pesky and an infield out. With the score 6 to 6, singles by Tebbetts and Ferriss, an error by Eddie Joost, and a single by Stephens, gave the Sox a two run advantage in the sixth.

Dom DiMaggio blasted his fifth home run of the year in the upper deck to start the second game. It was duplicated in the A's second inning, on a walk to Fain, Majeski's double and a fly ball out to Dominic.

Dick Fowler, who was credited with his fifth straight win, battled Mickey Harris for the first six innings in a 1 to 1 tie during the second game. He was then given a 7 to 1 lead in the home half of the sixth, as Harris started his own downfall by walking Joe Coleman. When the dust cleared the A's now enjoyed a 7 to 1 lead.

But the A's needed all those runs for the Sox knocked out Fowler in the seventh. Passes to Bobby Doerr and Billy Goodman were followed by a Matt Batts' double. Sam Mele came up to hit for the pitcher and rolled one down to Majeski, who threw out Goodman at the plate. DiMaggio flied out but Pesky knocked out a three-run homer over the right-field wall and put the Sox back in the game, 7 to 4. Wally Moses kept the rally alive when he doubled to knock Fowler out of the game. Bob Savage came in and rubbed out the next four batters to save the game and preserve a 7 to 5 win.

The members of the Red Sox not participating in the All-Star game will only get one day off. They will work out under the direction of coaches Del Baker and Larry would at Fenway Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

3

1

0

2

0

0

0

1

 

9

13

0

PHILADELPHIA A'S

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

8

11

1

W-Dave Ferriss (5-2)
L-Carl Scheib (7-4)
Attendance 30,265


2B-Spence (Bost), Pesky (2)(Bost), Goodman (Bost),
DiMaggio (Bost), Fain (Phil)
3B-Goodman (Bost), Suder (Phil)
HR-Suder (Phil)
 

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

 

 

5

6

1

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

1

0

0

0

6

0

x

 

 

7

10

0

W-Dick Fowler (8-1)
S-Bob Savage (4)
L-Mickey Harris (1-7)


2B-Batts (Bost), Moses (Bost), Majeski (Phil),
Fowler (Phil), Joost (Phil)
HR-DiMaggio (Bost), Pesky (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 1 .263  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 3 .265  

 

Stan Spence lf 6 2 1 .211  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 1 .304  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 1 .274  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 1 2 .215  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 2 .321  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 5 1 1 .286  

 

Joe Dobson p 1 0 0 .229  

 

Dave Ferriss p 3 1 1 .217  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  
  Joe Dobson 2.2 8 6 2 0  

 

Dave Ferriss 7.1 3 2 3 4  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 .262  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 3 .273  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 1 .284  

 

Stan Spence lf 3 0 0 .208  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .300  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 1 0 .271  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 0 .315  

 

Matt Batts c 2 1 1 .350  

 

Mickey Harris p 2 0 0 .133  

 

Mike Palm p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Sam Mele ph 1 1 0 .213  

 

Mel Parnell p 0 0 0 .065  
               
    IP H ER SO BB  

 

Mickey Harris 5.2 6 6 4 2  

 

Mike Palm 0.1 3 1 0 0  
  Mel Parnell 1 1 0 0 1  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 45 28 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 48 32 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 44 32 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 39 35 6 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 39 37 7 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 34 42 12 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 28 45 17

 

 

Chicago White Sox 23 49 21 1/2