THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DiMAGGIO, DOERR & PESKY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Dom DiMaggio hits the game winner

July 16, 1948 ... The Detroit Tigers, in the face of the seven hit pitching by Joe Dobson, lost their third game of the series at Fenway Park by a score 5 to 3. The Red Sox have now won seven in a row over Detroit and are four games ahead of them in the standings, 5 1/2 games out of first place.

Dom DiMaggio supplied the decisive blow, a double that broke a tie game up in the seventh inning. Bobby Doerr, with a two run single in the sixth, and Vern Stephens, who knocked out his 18th home run of the season in the eighth were also the big bats in the game.

Art Houtteman was removed from the game for the 10th time in 13 decisions, as he picked up his 12th loss against the pair of wins for Detroit. He was succeeded by Al Benton and Stubby Overmire.

The Tigers hopped on Dobson for two runs in the first inning when Dick Wakefield doubled off the centerfield wall with two men on. Houtteman stayed out of trouble until the fifth inning but then Goodman drew a walk, advanced to second on a ground ball, and scored on a single by Birdie Tebbetts. Johnny Pesky opened up the sixth inning with a double to left and Stan Spence walked. Stephens moved the runners along with a bunt and Doerr hit the first pitch he saw into left field. That gave the Sox a 3 to 2 lead.

Dobson could not hold the margin together however, because in the seventh, he gave up the tying run. But the Sox came back in their half of the inning when Tebbetts singled high off the left-field wall and DiMaggio came through with a double off the wall to score him, in what proved to be the clinching run. Benton came into pitch and retired the side but when Stephens deposited his home run and his 77th RBI into left-center field screen in the eighth, that was it.

The Red Sox have missed Ted Williams and his power, but they have won five in the six games they have played without him.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

DETROIT TIGERS

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

3

7

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

1

2

1

1

x

 

 

5

11

0

 

 

W-Joe Dobson (11-6)
L-Art Houtteman (2-12)
Attendance - 12,476

 2B-Wakefield (Det), Kell (Det), Pesky (Bost),
 DiMaggio (Bost)

 HR-Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .261  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 2 .281  

 

Stan Spence lf 3 1 0 .212  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 1 1 .297  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 2 .271  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 1 1 .314  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 1 .262  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 1 2 .292  

 

Joe Dobson p 3 0 1 .235  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 9 7 3 4 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 47 39 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 49 34 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 45 33 3

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 42 35 5 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 39 40 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 35 43 13

 

 

St. Louis Browns 29 46 17 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 24 50 22