THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

ELLIS KINDER

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
DREAM SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Ellis Kinder shuts out Detroit
for the Sox 13th straight win

July 27, 1948 ... Revenge was sweet for Ellis Kinder tonight at Briggs Stadium. The 34-year-old right-hander made up for past humiliation at the hands of the Tigers, as he unwrapped his finest pitching performance of the season, a three-hit shutout, muzzling the Tigers, 8 to 0 before 54,609 fans.

Kinder's brilliant effort enabled the Red Sox to start their western road trip on a successful note, and extended their winning streak to 13 straight games, widening their lead over the Athletics, who were beaten by the Indians, to one full game. The Sox proved their ability to win even without Ted Williams, who was trying to recover from an injured leg.

Pitching for the St. Louis Browns a year ago, Kinder had been humbled five times by Detroit. This season he had suffered two previous losses, one of them being the only defeat the Red Sox had, during their recent homestand. He was pitted against Hal Newhowser, who was seeking his fifth straight win, and 15th of the season. But Newhowser wasn't around after the second inning. Kinder, on the other hand, hurled hitless ball for five and a third innings, allowing only one man to reach second base, that on a walk. He permitted only a single base hit in each of the next three innings, and then bore down to retire the Tigers in order in the ninth. He struck out four and walked only three batters, allowing only one base runner to reach third.

He was in danger of losing his shutout only in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth he walked Hal Wagner on four straight balls and then shortstop, Eddie Lipon touched him for the Tigers first hit. But Kinder got the next two men. In the seventh, Vic Wirtz opened with a double, but was stranded there. Lipon's second hit in the eighth, was the only other safety.

While Kinder was rolling along to his fifth victory, the Sox batters upended three Tiger pitchers. Southpaw Ted Gray, the third pitcher, who took over in the fifth inning, silence the Red Sox bats without a hit over the next four innings.

The Sox second inning uprising happened after two were out, as Newhowser had retired five in a row. Nine Red Sox batters went to the plate, without a out, after that, as the Red Sox scored three runs in the second and two runs in the third.

A sore right leg forced Ted Williams out of the lineup once again. Ted was hit by a pitched ball in the third inning of the final Cleveland game last Sunday. McCarthy scratched Ted after he saw him in the pregame practice. Williams took only a few swings in the cage and had to call it quits, as he was unable to put any pressure on his right leg.

 

at Briggs Stadium (Detroit) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

3

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

 

8

9

0

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

3

1

W-Ellis Kinder (5-5)
L-Hal Newhouser (14-7)
Attendance 54,609


2B-Lipon (Det)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 2 1 1 .262  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 2 .281  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 1 0 .208  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 1 .295  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 2 .282  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 1 0 .234  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 1 .312  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 2 1 .280  

 

Ellis Kinder p 3 1 1 .133  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Ellis Kinder 9 3 0 3 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 55 36 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 56 39 1

 

 

Cleveland Indians 52 36 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 52 38 2 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 44 46 10 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 39 51 15 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 33 53 19 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 29 61 25 1/2