THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOE McCARTHY & DEL BAKER

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The
Tigers salvage a final win

July 17, 1948 ... Virgil Trucks had good control of his fastball and gave the Tigers their only victory in the four-game series with the Red Sox before 17,477 fans at Fenway Park, by a 3 to 1 score. He yielded only four hits, two of them in the ninth inning.

Trucks, who had failed to beat the Red Sox in a previous occasions over a two-year period, weakened slightly in the ninth, when the Sox loaded the bases with two outs. However, he drew on his reserve to force Wally Moses to pop up and end the game. Trucks set the Sox down in order for six innings, walking only three and striking out a half dozen.

Dom DiMaggio's ground ball between first and second in the fourth inning was the first base hit. It led to the only Sox run. On the mound for the Red Sox was Ellis Kinder, who pitched a good game, aided by sharp Red Sox defense of play.

Hoot Evers opened the second inning, slamming a liner that got by Johnny Pesky for a base hit. Pat Mullin dropped a low pitch into short right field for a Texas League single, with Evers holding at second. Sam Vico bunted the ball down to the third-base side of Kinder and Ellis grabbed it, turned toward third, and then spun around to nip Vico at first, allowing the runners to advance. That move hurt, because Evers was able to come home on Bob Swift's sacrifice fly ball.

The Sox tied it up in the fourth on a DiMaggio single, a walk to Pesky, another one to Stephens and a sac fly ball from Bobby Doerr. But the visitors came back and won the game in the sixth. With one away Dick Wakefield lined the ball off the centerfield wall and scored when Vico lined the first pitch he saw into right field. They picked up an insurance run in the eighth on successive singles by George Kell and Wakefield and a sacrifice fly by Evers.

The Sox ninth inning threat started with two outs. Vern Stephens singled to left and Trucks pitched around Bobby Doerr, putting him on first with a walk. Billy Goodman then hit a chopper to the left of the mound and George Kell was unable to pick up the ball cleanly in time to get Goodman in first. Wally Moses fouled off three pitches before popping out to end the threat. It gave Detroit his first victory over the Red Sox after seven straight losses. Trucks threw 131 pitches, 27 of them in the ninth-inning.

The fans were afforded a late game appearance of Tex Hughson in a relief role. Tex set down three men in order and only use seven pitches. The Sox stayed 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland, but lost ground to the Athletics, who beat the Indians, and to the Yankees who beat the Browns.

 

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

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

 

 

3

12

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

4

0

 

 

 W-Virgil Trucks (7-5)
L-Ellis Kinder (3-5)
Attendance - 17,477

 2B-Evers (Det), Wakefield (Det)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 .261  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 0 0 .278  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 0 0 .207  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 1 .297  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .269  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .313  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 0 .250  

 

Matt Batts c 3 0 1 .348  

 

Billy Hitchcock pr 0 0 0 .208  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 0 0 0 .292  

 

Ellis Kinder p 2 0 0 .130  

 

Sam Mele ph 1 0 0 .121  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ellis Kinder 8 12 3 1 0  

 

Tex Hughson 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 47 30 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 50 34 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 46 33 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 42 36 5 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 40 40 8 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 35 44 13

 

 

St. Louis Browns 29 47 17 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 25 50 21