THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DENNY GALEHOUSE

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox fight back and beat the Indians

July 30, 1948 ... Fighting an uphill battle behind the superb pitching of reliever, Denny Galehouse, the Red Sox stretched their lead in the American League to a game and a half, by coming back and defeating the Indians, 8 to 7, before 58,862 fans in Cleveland.

Red Sox starter, Mel Parnell, was blasted out of the box in the first inning when he allow the Indians six runs. But the Red Sox weren't giving up and battled their way back. Galehouse pitched eight in two thirds innings, the last of them being hitless and runless. The veteran allowed one run and two hits altogether. While he was shutting the door on the Indians, the Red Sox batters got hot. Four Cleveland pitchers went to the mound, Gene Bearden, Don Black, Satchel Paige and Steve Gromek.

Rookie Billy Goodman was the man who dealt the killing blow. With the score knotted at seven all in the seventh inning, he drilled a line drive into left and scored Vern Stephens with the winning eighth run. Stephens and Bobby Doerr had singled ahead of him..

The Red Sox scored three runs in the first inning. Bearden walked both Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to start the game, and Ted Williams lined a single to right that scored DiMaggio and sent Pesky to second. Pesky was caught stealing third however, when Vern Stephens struck out swinging. Then Bobby Doerr drilled his 20th home run of the season over the left-field fence, for his 12th homer of the month, to make it 3 to 0.

The Indians came back strong against Parnell in their half of the first scoring six runs, but the Red Sox started to chip away in the second. Goodman and Birdie Tebbetts led off with singles, and Galehouse sacrificed them over. DiMaggio then singled to right to score Goodman, making it 6 to 4.

In the third the Indians got a run off Galehouse on a double by Eddie Robinson and a single by Allie Clarke. But again the Red Sox came back in their next at bat in the top of the fourth. DiMaggio walked and Pesky hit one back to the pitcher that he couldn't handle. Williams slammed a double to left field against the shift to score both Pesky and DiMaggio, to make it 7 to 6. At this point Satchel Paige came in and got out the next two batters. The Red Sox tied it up in the seventh inning when DiMaggio doubled to right and advanced to third when Clarke bobbled the ball. Pesky lifted a fly ball out to right and DiMaggio to tagged up, easily scoring the tying run.

Ted Williams, who had to retire from the game in the eighth, singled one run home and doubled in two more, before calling it a day. DiMaggio, Pesky and Goodman accounted for the other RBIs.

The win was the 18th out of the last 20 for the Red Sox and marked the 8th straight time they have defeated the Indians this season

 

at Municipal Stadium (Cleveland) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

3

1

0

2

0

1

1

0

0

 

8

12

1

CLEVELAND INDIANS

6

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

7

6

1

W-Denny Galehouse (4-5)
L-Satchel Paige (1-1)
Attendance 58,862

2B-Doerr (Bost), Williams (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost),
Keltner (Clev), Robinson (Clev)
HR-Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 2 3 2 .271  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 1 .280  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 2 .389  

 

Wally Moses rf 0 0 0 .228  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 1 .291  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 3 .293  

 

Sam Mele rf 3 0 0 .230  

 

Stan Spence rf/lf 2 0 0 .205  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 2 .313  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .279  

 

Mel Parnell p 0 0 0 .075  

 

Denny Galehouse p 3 0 0 .091  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mel Parnell 0.1 4 5 3 0  

 

Denny Galehouse 8.2 2 1 4 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 57 37 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 57 40 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 53 39 3

 

 

Cleveland Indians 52 38 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers 46 47 10 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 40 52 16

 

 

St. Louis Browns 33 55 21

 

 

Chicago White Sox 31 61 25