THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

VERN STEPHENS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Vern Stephens powers the Red Sox
in another doubleheader sweep of the White Sox

July 22, 1948 ... Continuing to pick on the weaklings of the American League, the Red Sox whipped the Chicago White Sox by 3 to 0 and 5 to 3 scores, and find themselves only two games out of first place. The victories put the Red Sox into undisputed possession of third place, a half game ahead of the Yankees, who beat the league-leading Indians, 6 to 5.

Vern Stephens belted his 19th and 20th home runs and batted in five RBI. The White Sox have a string of 14 losses in their last 18 games, and blew up at a decision of umpire Red Jones, which resulted in the departure of three players, manager Ted Lyons, coach Bing Miller and secondbaseman Cass Michaels. The awkward situation resulted in pitcher, Allen Gettel, played second base. Oddly enough, Gettel played a solid game, and could be helping the Chicago team in the future. The teams were tied at three all in the fifth inning of the second game when Jones made the three ejections.

As a result the Red Sox added two more runs for the final 5 to 3 score. Jones' decisions, right or wrong, certainly hurt the White Sox as events turned out. With two outs, Luke Appling threw out Stephens after Stan Spence walked. With first base open, pitcher Howie Judson pitched to Bobby Doerr and hit him with a pitch to load the bases. The hot batting Sam Mele then fired a sharp single past Appling allowing two runs to score and that was the game.

The White Sox scored three runs in the second inning after a walk and successive singles by five players that gave them three runs and a 3 to 1 lead. After that, Red Sox pitcher, Ellis Kinder, went unscored upon for the rest of the game. The Red Sox had scored in the first on a walk to DiMaggio, a fielder's choice and a single by Vern Stephens. The tying runs came across in the third on Stephens' second home run.

Stephens won the first game, a neat five hit shutout for Denny Galehouse, with a two run home run into the left-field nets in the first inning. White Sox starter Bob Gillespie, who otherwise pitched a credible game, took the loss, limiting the Red Sox to only five hits. Boston got another run in the eighth, after Gillespie went out for a pinch-hitter, off Orval Grove.

Galehouse threw 100 pitches, but tired at the end, giving up his only walk to Aaron Robinson with two down in the ninth. He had good control throughout, especially in the view of the fact that he had tossed only 13 1/3 innings in the past five weeks.

 

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

0

0

 

 

0

5

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

x

 

 

3

5

1

 

 

W-Denny Galehouse (3-4)
L-Bob Gillespie (0-4)
Attendance - 18,250

 2B-Wright (Chi), Stephens (Bost)

 3B-Stephens (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

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

3

8

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

x

 

 

5

6

0

 

 

 W-Ellis Kinder (4-5)
L-Howie Judson (2-4)

 2B-Hodgin (Chi)

 HR-Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 0 .255  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .281  

 

Stan Spence lf 3 1 0 .217  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 2 .298  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .280  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 1 .234  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 2 0 1 .318  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .284  

 

Denny Galehouse p 2 1 0 .105  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Denny Galehouse 9 5 0 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 0 .253  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 1 .281  

 

Stan Spence lf 2 2 0 .215  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 2 .300  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .277  

 

Sam Mele rf 3 0 2 .243  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 0 .313  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 1 .342  

 

Ellis Kinder p 4 0 0 .111  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ellis Kinder 9 8 3 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

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