THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILLY GOODMAN SLIDES INTO THIRD

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bobby Doerr's almost perfect day
leads the Sox into third place

July 21, 1948 ... The surging Red Sox fashioned another late inning rally, to pull out a hectic 10 to 9 verdict over the battling Chicago White Sox before a gathering of 29,850 at Fenway Park. Coming on top of their afternoon victory, in which Joe Dobson won his 12th game, the Sox racked up their fifth and sixth straight wins, equaling their previous high of the year.

But it was the late contest which had the fans talking to themselves as they left the park, about a pennant. They had good reason because after the thrilling ninth inning, three run comeback, they pulled a victory out of defeat. Trailing 9 to 6, entering the last of the eighth, kept the Red Sox fans in their seats by picking up one after Billy Goodman's opening single, a double by Matt Batts and Dom DiMaggio's ground out to Luke Appling.

Now down to runs in the ninth and against the relief pitching of fireballing Glen Moulder, Stan Spence ignited the rally with a single to right. 43-year-old veteran, Earl Caldwell then came into pitch for the White Sox and he hit Bobby Doerr in the back with a hard fastball. After Doerr took first, Sam Mele stroked a double inside the right-field foul line close to the stands. Secondbaseman Cass Michaels took the relay and started the throw to the plate, but seeing Doerr holding third, attempted to check his throw and the ball slipped out of his hand. The ball rolled by first base into foul territory, allowing Doerr to come in with the tying run and Mele to move over to third. Gordon was then walked, to load the bases and Matt Batts lifted a fly out to right, that gave Mele enough time to tag up and slide across the plate with the winning run.

Tex Hughson, who had come in to pitch the ninth-inning, in relief of Earl Johnson, set the White Sox down in order, to pick up the win. Dave Ferriss was knocked out for the eighth time in nine starts, as he failed to last two innings, giving up four runs on six hits. Mike Palm gave up the fifth run of the second inning and the White Sox picked up one more in the third.

In the bottom of the third the Red Sox went to work, as Stephens led off with a walk and Doerr connected for his fifth straight hit, a wicked double off the centerfield wall that missed by inches from becoming a home run. It scored three of his teammates and Mele came up next to slap his second round tripper of the year into the left field screen, that scored Doerr and had him and put the Red Sox only one behind, 6 to 5.

Earl Johnson then came in and took over the pitching in the fourth inning and held down the White Sox as his teammates tie the game up in their half. The White Sox moved ahead in the fifth on three singles and moved ahead in the seventh to put themselves out in front by three runs. Then came the eighth and ninth innings and the Red Sox rallies.

Joe Dobson chalked up his 12th victory of the year in the afternoon, and his first over the White Sox. He is now defeated every club in the American League at least once. Dobson was working on a shutout until he faltered with two down in the eighth, granting successive singles and a walk to load the bases. He then walked Pat Seerey to force in the White Sox only run of the game.

Bobby Doerr enjoyed his first perfect game of the year, with two singles, a double and a triple, but strangely enough did not bad in a run as he was the first man at bat in four innings. Doerr's double and Billy Goodman single gave the Red Sox a one to nothing lead in the second inning. Doerr's triple off the centerfield wall an infield out marked up the second run in the fourth. Dobson, who was a good hitting pitcher, doubled to left-center to open the eighth, and came around on DiMaggio's infield hit and Johnny Pesky's sacrifice fly to right.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

1

6

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

x

 

 

3

11

0

 

 

W-Joe Dobson (12-6)
L-Al Gettel (2-6)
Attendance - 7148

 2B-Lupien (Cinc), Doerr (Bost), Dobson (Bost)

 3B-Doerr (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

5

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

 

 

9

14

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

5

1

0

0

0

1

3

 

 

10

10

0

 

 

 W-Tex Hughson (1-0)
L-Earl Caldwell (1-5)

 2B-Papish (Chi), Doerr (Bost), Batts (Bost), Mele (Bost)

 3B-Michaels (Chi)

 HR-Mele (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 2 .260  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .285  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 0 2 .215  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .299  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 2 4 .276  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 2 0 1 .318  

 

Wally Moses rf 2 0 0 .240  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 0 .288  

 

Joe Dobson p 4 1 1 .236  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 9 6 1 3 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 0 .257  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 1 1 .285  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 1 2 .220  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 0 .295  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 2 2 .279  

 

Sam Mele rf 5 2 2 .234  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 1 .316  

 

Matt Batts c 5 1 2 .347  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .217  

 

Mike Palm p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Earl Johnson p 2 0 0 .105  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .237  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Dave Ferriss 1.2 6 5 1 1  

 

Mike Palm 1.1 2 1 2 0  

 

Earl Johnson 5 6 3 1 2  
  Tex Hughson 1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 51 32 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 53 37 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 48 36 3 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 48 36 3 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 42 42 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 37 47 14 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 30 51 20

 

 

Chicago White Sox 27 55 23 1/2