THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOBBY DOERR'S GRANDSLAM

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bobby Doerr's grandslam
gives the Sox an early win

July 19, 1948 ... Bobby Doerr's grand slam homer and southpaw Mel Parnell's wonderful pitching, gave the Red Sox a 4 to 1 victory over the St. Louis Browns at Fenway Park before a crowd of 26,000 fans. Doerr's smash into the left-field screen wrapped up the verdict in the first inning. Parnell, for his second straight outing, was practically invincible. He put down the Browns while only allowing six hits.

Bobby Doerr's home run, his 17th of the season and his eighth this month, was the first Red Sox grand slam of the season. It was the one bad pitch that Browns starter Fred Sanford made. After the first inning he gave the Sox only three scattered hits over the next six.

Johnny Pesky singled with one out in the first and Stan Spence spanked a line drive into right-center. Al Zarilla just missed a leaping catch after a long run, as the ball grazed his fingertips and bounded away, allowing Spence to pull up at second base. Vern Stephens was then walked intentionally to bring up Doerr with the bases loaded. He took a called strike and then worked the count to three and one. Sanford came in with his next pitch and Doerr parked it into left field screen. After that Sanford silenced the Red Sox bats, with the exception of Pesky's single in the second, Doerr's single in the third and Spence's double, which rightfielder Don Lund was able to hang on to in the fifth.

But the Browns couldn't figure out Parnell either. In chalking up his second straight win and sixth of his career, he didn't permit St. Louis more than one hit per inning except in the eighth. And that one was a fluke when Chuck Stevens was credited with a hit when his ground ball struck Bob Dillinger, the base runner, who had singled.

The Brown scored one and that came in the second inning. Whitey Platt got a triple when Dom DiMaggio tried to make a shoestring catch of his line drive to center. The ball went all the way to the fence and then Gerry Priddy flied to center for the sacrifice.

Ted Williams took his first real work out since he was sidelined with a chest cartilage injury. He took his regular turn in batting practice and swung easily. He also worked out in left field shagging flyballs. It is still undetermined when he will be able to play. Braves infielder Sibbi Sisti worked out with the Red Sox infield during batting practice. He has lost 12 pounds since being knocked out by a sinus infection, feeling a little weak but generally much improved.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

6

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

4

7

0

 

 

 W-Mel Parnell (6-5)
L-Fred Sanford (7-10)
Attendance - 26,092

 2B-Zarilla (StL), Spence (2)(Bost), Moses (Bost)

 3B-Platt (StL)

 HR-Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .257  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 2 .292  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 1 2 .214  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 1 0 .294  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 2 .271  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 0 .312  

 

Wally Moses rf 3 0 1 .245  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 2 0 0 .290  

 

Mel Parnell p 3 0 0 .081  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mel Parnell 9 6 1 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 50 30 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 53 35 1

 

 

New York Yankees 47 34 3 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 45 36 5 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 41 41 10

 

 

Washington Senators 35 47 16

 

 

St. Louis Browns 29 50 20 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 26 53 23 1/2