THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOBBY DOERR

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bobby Doerr goes 3 for 4 in the
sweep of the White Sox series

July 23, 1948 ... The Red Sox won their ninth in a row after humiliating the Chicago White Sox by score of 13 to 1, and a clean sweep of their five-game series. The win put them only one and one half games behind the league-leading Cleveland Indians.

The anemic White Sox were defeated for the 15th time in their last 19 games and succumbed meekly to Mickey Harris, the lefty starter for the Red Sox. The game also marked the return of Ted Williams to the lineup after a 15 game absence. Although he still was not in the best of physical shape, he belted a three-run double to left-center in the seventh and added a single along with his usual free pass.

Harris put down Chicago with only five hits, walking three and striking out two in winning his third game of the year, going the distance for the second straight time. He lost a shutout in the fourth inning when he walked Luke Appling and Cass Michaels, while giving singles to Pat Seerey and Mike Tresh. Harris threw 124 pitches and had good control. Luke Appling played in his 2000th game at shortstop.

Lefty Bill Wight proved to be no puzzle for the Red Sox, who, paced by Bobby Doerr, gave Harris a joyride for the afternoon. Every member of the Red Sox except for Pesky and Harris, knocked in at least one run for the cause and Doerr in particular had a field day. He had a home run, a double and a single in four at-bats.

The Sox jumped out to a 3 to 0 lead on Doerr's double, Birdie Tebbetts' single, a walk to Harris and a double by Dom DiMaggio that netted three runs. Vern Stephens and Sam Mele singled around a walk to Doerr for a fourth run in the third inning. Wight was sent to the showers in the fifth inning after getting nobody out in favor of Marvin Rottblatt, who gave a walk to Johnny Pesky and singles to Ted Williams, Stephens, Doerr and Mele, along with another pass to Goodman that put the Red Sox up 9 to 1.

With two down in the seventh inning, the Red Sox picked up three more on Ted's base clearing double after walks to Harris and Pesky and a single by DiMaggio. Then Doerr sent a home run into left field screen in the eighth to wind up the afternoon scoring. Doerr is particularly sad to see the White Sox leave town, getting 10 hits in 17 times at bat over five games, with three doubles, a triple and a home run for six RBI.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

5

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

3

1

0

5

0

3

1

x

 

 

13

13

2

 

 

 W-Mickey Harris (3-7)
L-Bill Wight (5-10)
Attendance - 6664

 2B-Doerr (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost), Williams (Bost)

 HR-Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 2 .256  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 2 0 .278  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 2 .390  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 2 .302  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 3 3 .283  

 

Sam Mele rf 5 1 2 .248  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .312  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 5 1 1 .283  

 

Mickey Harris p 2 2 0 .105  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mickey Harris 9 5 1 3 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 51 33 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 54 37 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 51 36 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 49 36 2 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 43 43 9

 

 

Washington Senators 38 48 14

 

 

St. Louis Browns 30 52 20

 

 

Chicago White Sox 27 58 24 1/2