THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DOM DiMAGGIO SCORES

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Red Sox grab first place,
as Boston's teams are both in first place for the first time in 32 years

July 25, 1948 ... The rampaging Red Sox turned back the Cleveland Indians, 3 to 0, for a sweep of the three-game series, before 32,190 frenzied onlookers at Fenway Park. Sox ace, Joe Dobson, whitewashed Cleveland for the club's 12th straight win and 15th in the homestand of 16 games. As a result, the Red Sox are in sole possession of first place by .004 percentage points in the American League. The runner-up Philadelphia Athletics split a doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers.

So the Red Sox cap a 55 day, 53 game run since May 31st, when they were 11 1/2 games out, by winning 40 and losing 13, while the Athletics were taking 30 and dropping 26. With the Braves splitting a doubleheader in St. Louis, Boston finds both their baseball teams in first place since September 4, 1916.

Joe Dobson won his 13th game of the year, his fourth shutout, with command in a variety of pitches. He was best served however by Dom DiMaggio. The Little Professor roamed far and wide to gather in seven flyballs, two of which bordered on being miraculous, and coming at the most opportune moments. His fielding saved at least three runs. In addition DiMaggio belted a home run off Satchel Paige, who was pitching his first major-league game in Boston. The blow marked only the third run, in a total of seven appearances and 13 1/3 innings of pitching, off Paige. Ted Williams, walking twice, singling and being hit by a pitch ball was forced to retire in the Indians eighth when his right leg tightened up after it was struck by Steve Gromek's fastball in the third. It was very interesting to see Ted Williams, one of the stars of major league baseball, that against Satchel Paige, one of the stars of the Negro Leagues.

The Red Sox picked up two runs quickly in the first inning when Johnny Pesky doubled into the right-center field hole, Williams walked, and Bobby Doerr belted a triple to right-center, to knock in his 17th and 18th runs in the 16 game homestand. DiMaggio's home run off Paige in the seventh was the last run of the game.

Although Dobson was pitching proficiently on the mound, there were moments when he needed help and DiMaggio provided it. In the visitors second, with two aboard, Johnny Berardino belted what appeared to be a certain off-the-wall double. It did reach the wall and DiMaggio all but hurled himself back against the fence to backhand the ball, ending the threat. He again made a great play, as he cut in behind deep shortstop to snare a low line drive off the bat of pitcher Gromek in the third. Dale Mitchell then followed with a single and DiMaggio continued to prove to be a magnet for flyballs catching five more.

Dobson threw 113 pitches and had fine control of his curve. The Red Sox in the field, have only had four miscues in the last 20 games. Bobby Doerr has gone 35 games without an error, with 38 putouts and 117 assists.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

6

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

x

 

 

3

7

0

 

 

 W-Joe Dobson (13-6)
L-Steve Gromek (4-2)
Attendance - 32,190

 2B-Pesky (Bost)

 3B-Doerr (Bost)

 HR-DiMaggio (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 2 .261  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 1 .279  

 

Ted Williams lf 1 1 1 .391  

 

Sam Mele lf 0 0 0 .240  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .297  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 2 .281  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 0 .211  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 0 .313  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .279  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 0 0 .228  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Joe Dobson 9 5 1 3 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 54 36 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 56 38 -

 

 

New York Yankees 52 37 1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 51 36 1 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 44 45 9 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 39 50 14 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 32 53 19 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 28 61 25 1/2