THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MEL PARNELL

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Mel Parnell pitches his best game of the year,
as the Sox sweep the Tigers

July 15, 1948 ... Saving their finest baseball for the after dark crowd of 33,000 fans, the Red Sox rattled off a fine 3 to 1 victory over the Detroit Tigers tonight at Fenway Park. With a brilliant pitching performance by Mel Parnell, edging Dizzy Trout, the Sox added a second victory of the day over Detroit. The Red Sox had taken the afternoon game by a 13 to 5 score, before 14,000 fans.

Mel Parnell threw his best game since putting on a Boston uniform, in winning his fifth game of the year and his seventh complete game. Parnell gave up two more hits than did Trout, who granted the Sox but four. Parnell spread all but two of the hits throughout the game. He had such superb control that he went to a three ball count on only three Tiger hitters and didn't walk a man.

Parnell threw 90 pitches and that shows just how good an efficient he was during that game. In addition, he won his own game when he doubled to left-center in the third inning, scoring Wally Moses who had walked, and Matt Batts who had doubled. Parnell scored himself on Johnny Pesky's double. He was robbed of a shutout in the fourth inning when Eddie Lake doubled and scored on Hoot Evers' single.

The afternoon game, the first of the two admission doubleheader, was a helter-skelter affair in which Bobby Doerr, although striking out three times, provided the decisive blow with a fifth inning home run, with two men on, to sew up the victory. The Red Sox got 12 hits off starter Fred Hutchinson and two relievers. Sox starter, Jack Kramer, was touched for 13 hits, nevertheless he had enough to capture his 10th decision of the year and is eighth in a row.

The Sox scored multiple runs in three different innings. Three were scored in the fourth, three in the fifth, and seven in the seventh. The Red Sox got hits in all but five of the 16 innings they played in the two games.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

DETROIT TIGERS

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

2

0

 

 

5

13

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

3

3

0

7

0

x

 

 

13

12

0

 

 

W-Jack Kramer (10-3)
L-Fred Hutchinson (5-4)
Attendance - 14,403

 2B-Mayo (Det), Stephens (Bost), Goodman (Bost),
 DiMaggio (Bost)

 HR-Wakefield (Det), Doerr (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

6

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

3

4

0

 

 

W-Mel Parnell (5-5)
L-Dizzy Trout (9-10)
Attendance - 33,892

 2B-Lake (Det), Wakefield (Det), Batts (Bost),
 Parnell (Bost), Pesky (Bost)

 3B-Vico (Det)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 2 2 .265  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 2 2 .277  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 2 2 .214  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 1 .299  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 1 .271  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 2 .319  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 1 0 .269  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 1 1 .286  

 

Jack Kramer p 4 1 1 .125  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jack Kramer 9 13 5 5 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .261  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 0 1 .277  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 0 1 .215  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 0 .296  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .268  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 0 .314  

 

Wally Moses rf 2 1 0 .263  

 

Matt Batts c 3 1 1 .349  

 

Mel Parnell p 3 1 1 .088  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 9 6 1 0 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 46 28 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 48 34 2 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 45 32 3

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 41 35 6 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 39 39 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 35 42 13

 

 

St. Louis Browns 28 46 18 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 23 50 23