THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

SAM MELE STEALS SECOND

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Tebbetts leads the Sox in the
Series sweep of the Browns

July 20, 1948 ... The Red Sox will be sorry to see the Browns leave town tonight, as in the afternoon at Fenway Park, they made it four straight and a clean sweep of the series, as they batted their way to an 8 to 3 victory. Birdie Tebbetts struck the big blow for the Red Sox with a base clearing double in the four-run fifth inning. That put the Sox out front 5 to 2 and was all that Jack Kramer needed to register his ninth straight win and eleventh victory of the season.

Entering the last half of the fifth, the Sox trailed 2 to 1 by virtue of the ninth home run of the year from Les Moss. Bill Kennedy, the starter for the Browns was moving along quite nicely, keeping the Sox in hand up until the fifth. Lack of control was Kennedy's downfall, as he walked the first two batters, Johnny Pesky and Stan Spence, to open the inning. He then made one too good for Vern Stephens, who whistled a two bagger down the left-field line to score Pesky and send Spence to third. After getting the next two batters, Billy Goodman got the third walk of the inning to load the bases. Tebbetts quickly emptied them and won the ballgame, when he smashed the first pitch he saw between the outfielders in deep right center, giving the Sox a 5 to 2 lead.

Base on balls figured in the other runs that the Sox collected off Kennedy. Dom DiMaggio walked to open the Red Sox first and went all the way to third when shortstop Andy Anderson threw Johnny Pesky's grounder into right field, trying to get Dom at second. DiMaggio scored on a sacrifice fly to deep right.

In the seventh inning after Sam Mele had tripled and scored on Goodman sacrifice fly to center, Tebbetts walked and raced to third when Whitey Platt lost Kramer's sinking liner, as he slid trying to make the catch. The ball rolled all the way to the fence and Kramer made it to third. He scored on DiMaggio's fly ball out to Al Zarilla.

The final score was made in the eighth when Vern Stephens greeted reliever Al Widmar with a double right, his third hit of the afternoon, coming home on Mele's third hit also, a single to left.

In the meantime, Kramer put down the Browns and regular fashion. He made two mistakes with curveballs that the Browns it for home runs, accounting for their three runs.

For the Sox, it was their seventh win in the last eight games. Vern Stephens' three hits put him at the .300 mark, and he got his league leading, 78th RBI with his double in the fifth.

 

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

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

3

7

3

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

0

4

0

2

1

x

 

 

8

11

0

 

 

 W-Jack Kramer (11-3)
L-Bill Kennedy (1-4)
Attendance - 9656

 2B-Tebbetts (Bost), Stephens (2)(Bost)

 3B-Mele (Bost)

 HR-Moss (StL), Lund (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 .257  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 1 0 .289  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 1 0 .210  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 3 .300  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 0 .266  

 

Sam Mele rf 5 1 3 .227  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 2 .316  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 2 .293  

 

Jack Kramer p 4 0 0 .114  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 9 7 3 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 50 31 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 53 36 1

 

 

New York Yankees 47 35 3 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 46 36 4 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 42 41 9

 

 

Washington Senators 36 47 15

 

 

St. Louis Browns 29 51 20 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 27 53 22 1/2