THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JACK KRAMER

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Jack Kramer breezes to his 12th win

July 29, 1948 ... The Red Sox failed to make an extra base hit in the first two games of the series, but it was a different story tonight as the Sox power broke loose with home runs by Bobby Doerr, Billy Goodman and pitcher Jack Kramer, to give the Red Sox an 8 to 1 victory over Detroit before 40,872 at Briggs Stadium, in the series finale. They widened their first place margin to a half game over the idle Philadelphia A's.

Goodman's home run was the first of his major league career, and it came with the bases loaded in the seventh. Ted Williams, with his chest and legs still bothering him, did return to the Boston lineup, but he could've just rested another night because Doerr, Goodman and Kramer had his back.

Kramer won his 11th straight and 12th victory of the year by limiting the Tigers to one run and seven base hits, and smashed out a home run in the third inning, with the bases empty, to give himself a 2 to 0 lead. Doerr came to bat in the sixth with Vern Stephens on first base and clouted a high smash into the left-field lower deck for his 100th hit of the season. That gave the Red Sox a comfortable 4 to 1 lead, but they weren't through.

After two were out in the seventh, Stephens beat out a hit to short, and Virgil Trucks, the Detroit pitcher walked Doerr and Spence to load the bases for Billy Goodman. Trucks had retired Goodman his first three times up rather easily and whipped across a called strike. But then he made one too good and Goodman smashed it into the lower deck of the right-field stands for a grand slam.

While Goodman and his teammates were pounding Trucks, Kramer was making certain the Tigers were unable to muster any offense on their own. In running his winning streak to 10 straight, the longest in the majors this season, he yielded only seven hits and was in trouble only twice. Once was in the second inning when Eddie Lake who had reached first on a fielder's choice, scored on George Vico's double between Williams and DiMaggio. The other time was in the sixth inning, when the Tigers loaded the bases with two hits and the only base on balls and Kramer allowed. But Kramer gt out of the jam by making Johnny Lipon ground out to Pesky who touched third for the force.

It was the Sox 17th win in their last 19 games. Doerr's home run was not only in his 100th hit, but his 19th homer and 11th of the month.. He also stretched his errorless streak to 38 games. Dominic DiMaggio also reached the 100 hit circle with his base hit in the fourth.

 

at Briggs Stadium (Detroit) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

1

0

0

2

4

0

0

 

8

12

0

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

7

0

W-Jack Kramer (12-3)
L-Virgil Trucks (9-7)
Attendance 40,872

2B-Williams (Bost), Vico (Det), Evers (Det)
HR-Kramer (Bost), Doerr (Bost), Goodman (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 1 .267  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 2 .280  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 0 1 .388  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 1 .292  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 3 2 .289  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 1 1 .207  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 1 .309  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 5 0 2 .279  

 

Jack Kramer p 3 1 1 .122  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 9 7 1 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 56 37 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 57 39 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 53 38 2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 52 37 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 45 47 10 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 39 52 16

 

 

St. Louis Browns 33 54 20

 

 

Chicago White Sox 30 61 25