THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Ted Williams helps knock the Indians
out of first place

July 24, 1948 ... The Red Sox won a thrilling twin bill before 34,129 raucous rooters at Fenway Park. The Sox twice beat the Cleveland Indians, coming from behind both times, to sneak by with a 6 to 5 decision in the first game and a 2 to 1 victory in the second. They therefore captured second place only percentage points behind the league-leading Philadelphia Athletics, who knocked off the Detroit Tigers 8 to 6.

Ted Williams' line drive single won the first game, and his double off the left centerfield wall tied the second one, setting up the winning run. In addition, his bullet throw home held the speedy Larry Doby at third, with a run that would have given the Indians a fifth inning 2 to 0 lead. The Sox battled through the doubleheader without the services of Johnny Pesky and manager Joe McCarthy, who were evicted prior to the start of the third inning by Umpire Stephens.

The glorious day for the turned away crowd highlighted a drive that started at the end of May, when the Red Sox were 11 1/2 out of first. Their record since then shows them winning 39 games in their last 52, to pass both the Yankees and the Indians. The Indians have held first place since June 1st until today.

Dave Ferriss, superb in a first game relief role, and Mel Parnell, who was hit hard at times but proficient in the clutch, were the winners. The Indians received some good pitching from Sam Zoldak for a major portion of the second game, while Bob Lemon was spotty at times, but might have staggered through the opener with some additional hitting by his teammates. However, the Indians left a total of 24 men on base for the day.

Singles by DiMaggio, Pesky, a double from Williams, and a walk to Stephens, along with a sacrifice fly by Bobby Doerr, gave Boston three runs in the very first inning against Lemon. The Indians took kindly to Jack Kramer, having beaten him in Cleveland, landed hard on him for four runs in their second inning. The highlight for them was a home run over the leaping Sam Mele by pitcher Lemon.

Ferriss took over for Kramer in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and one away, striking out Jim Hegan and getting Lemon on a pop up. In their half, the Red Sox came back to tie the game temporarily, on a walk to Doerr, an error by Sid Gordon on Sam Mele's grounder, and Billy Goodman's double, that got by leftfielder Dale Mitchell, trying for a shoestring catch. But in the eighth, the Indians put together one to re-take the lead on a single by Mitchell, a double by Hank Edwards and a sacrifice fly by Sid Gordon.

Then came the Red Sox vital rally. Goodman waited out Lemon to get the seventh walk he allowed in the game. Goodman moved over to second when Lou Boudreau threw out Dave Ferriss and scored the tying run on DiMaggio's solid single to left. Then the Red Sox got a break when Billy Hitchcock reached on a slow roller, mishandled by the in rushing Gordon behind the mound for a base hit. Dominic reach second, where he scored on Williams' hard single to right, that gave the Sox a 6 to 5 win.

Down 1 to 0 in the second game, DiMaggio was walked to open up the home half of the seventh-inning. Williams then belted a pitch from Zoldak off the centerfield fence for a double that scored Dom with the tying run. That was all for Zoldak, and none other than Bob Feller came in a chorus of increasing boos.

Feller got Stephens to line one hard out to Mitchell, and with first base open decided walked Bobby Doerr. But he couldn't get the ball over the plate to Mele, who also took a walk to load the bases. Goodman looked at two pitched balls and Feller was thgen replaced by Russ Christopher. Christopher finished the at-bat by walking Goodman, to force in Williams with what proved to be the winning run.

It was the first time Joe McCarthy had been chased from again this year. Pesky was ejected for disputing a called third strike in the third inning and that was too much for McCarthy, so he too was chased.

The Red Sox have now won 13 of 15 without Williams and three in a row since his return.

 

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

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

5

11

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

x

 

 

6

10

0

 

 

 W-Dave Ferriss (6-2)
L-Bob Lemon (13-8)
Attendance - 34,129

 2B-Edwards (Clev), Boudreau (Clev),
 Williams (Bost), Goodman (Bost)

 3B-Edwards (Clev)

 HR-Lemon (Clev)

 

 

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

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

7

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

x

 

 

2

3

0

 

 

 W-Mel Parnell (7-5)
L-Sam Zoldak (5-7)

 2B-Keltner (Clev), Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 2 2 .258  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 2 1 1 .279  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 2 0 1 .218  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 2 .390  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 1 .303  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 0 .280  

 

Sam Mele rf 3 0 0 .243  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 2 .319  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .279  

 

Jack Kramer p 2 0 0 .109  

 

Dave Ferriss p 2 0 1 .240  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 4.1 8 4 5 0  
  Dave Ferriss 4.2 3 1 3 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 1 .258  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 4 0 0 .209  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 1 .389  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 0 .300  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 2 0 0 .278  

 

Sam Mele rf 2 0 0 .240  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 1 0 0 .317  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .280  

 

Mel Parnell p 3 0 0 .075  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 9 7 1 6 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 55 37 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 53 36 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 51 35 1

 

 

New York Yankees 50 37 2 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 43 44 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 38 49 14 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 31 52 19 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 28 59 24 1/2