DiMAGGIO, DOERR & PESKY
BOSTON RED SOX ...
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
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.