THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOE McCARTHY & JOE CRONIN

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Sloppy play sets off Sox manager,
Joe McCarthy, in a doubleheader loss

August 1, 1948 ... The Red Sox fell from first place to fourth place after getting smash by the Cleveland Indians, in both games of a doubleheader today, at Municipal Stadium before 70,000 Indians fans. The Sox looked like anything but pennant contenders, as the Indians scalped them, 12 to 2 and 6 to 1. The sweep gave them three straight over the Sox, who had previously beat them nine times in a row. The double defeat combined with two wins by the Indians and Yankees and the Athletics over Detroit, dropped the Sox into a three way second-place tie with Cleveland and New York. But in percentage points, they wind up in fourth, three points behind Cleveland and one behind New York.

The Sox were terrible in the opener and enabled Bob Lemon to bring up his 14th victory very easily. They then folded up in the nightcap when lefty Sam Zoldak mowing them down without too much difficulty.

Home runs deprived both Cleveland pitchers from shutouts. Stan Spence hit his 18th in the sixth inning and Vern Stephens 24th in the eighth, proved to be the only Red Sox runs off Lemon. Ted Williams' 17th homer in the ninth inning of the second game, ruined Sam Zoldak's shutout.

In the opening game, Sox pitcher Ellis Kinder, didn't fool the Indians very much in his brief 1 2/3 innings of pitching. Yet he would have escaped with only three runs against him instead of the five, that were allowed in the opening inning, if his infield had not let a routine pop fly drop in among them to the right of the pitchers mound.

In the second inning with the Indians up 5 to 0, Dom DiMaggio, playing deep in center field, raced in and attempted a shoestring catch of a line drive from Larry Doby. He missed it and the ball got by him starting more trouble. Kinder walked Keltner and allowed back-to-back doubles to Boudreau and Robinson, allowing three more runs and an 8 to 0 lead.

Another infield mix up gave Cleveland another run in the third, and then in the seventh after Lemon, who aided his own cause with three hits and three RBIs, hit his fifth home run of the year. Then Ted Williams and DiMaggio let a fly ball drop between them as they looked at each other, sending in the final two Indians runs

Manager Joe McCarthy had his temper at the boiling point because of his team's sloppy exhibition. He exploded after Lou Boudreau's stole home in the second inning of the second game. Two were out at the time with the Cleveland manager on third and Eddie Robinson on first. Sox pitcher Mickey Harris took an unusually long time standing on the rubber and failed to watch Boudreau. Lou took off for home and Mickey finally threw the ball high to catcher Matt Batts, allowing Boudreau to slide safely under the tag. Batts thought he had caught Boudreau and pounded the ball into the dirt, forgetting that Robinson was racing for second. McCarthy stormed out of the dugout and proceeded to bail out Batts for not watching the runner on first, nor calling time before arguing with the umpire. The manager then took off after Mickey Harris before turning around and heading back for the dugout.

For 5 1/2 innings that run was the difference in the game. Zoldak had the Sox bats silenced, while Harris had only allowed the Indians three scattered hits and only that run. But in the sixth, Joe Gordon took a three two pitch into the left-field stands, with Ken Keltner on base, to give the Indians a 3 to 0 lead.

Dom DiMaggio had hit safely in 10 straight games before he was stopped in the second game. It took a great leaping catch by Joe Gordon, in the eighth inning, to break the streak. Ted Williams' home run was his first since June 27th.

 

at Municipal Stadium (Cleveland) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

 

2

6

0

CLEVELAND INDIANS

5

3

1

0

0

0

3

0

x

 

12

14

0

W-Bob Lemon (14-9)
L-Ellis Kinder (5-6)
Attendance 70,702

2B-Doby (Clev), Boudreau (Clev), Robinson (Clev)
3B-Kennedy (Clev)
HR-Doby (Clev), Lemon (Clev), Spence (Bost), Stephens (Bost)

 

at Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

7

1

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

2

x

 

6

8

0

W-Sam Zoldak (6-7)
L-Mickey Harris (3-8)


2B-Batts (Bost), Mele (Bost), Zoldak (Clev)
3B-Hitchcock (Bost)
HR-Gordon (Clev), Clark (Clev)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .272  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 0 .384  

 

Sam Mele lf 0 0 0 .230  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 1 1 .292  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .289  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 1 2 .211  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 0 .309  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .279  

 

Babe Martin c 1 0 1 .500  

 

Ellis Kinder p 1 0 0 .129  
  Dave Ferriss p 2 0 0 .207  
  Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 0 .200  

 

             
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Ellis Kinder 1.2 8 8 3 2  
  Dave Ferriss 6.1 6 4 3 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 0 .269  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .276  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 2 .385  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .289  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .289  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 1 .230  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 0 .305  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 2 .345  

 

Mickey Harris p 2 0 0 .095  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 1 .213  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mickey Harris 7 7 4 2 6  
  Tex Hughson 1 1 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 59 40 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 55 38 1

 

 

New York Yankees 56 39 1

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 57 40 1

 

 

Detroit Tigers 46 49 11

 

 

Washington Senators 41 54 16

 

 

St. Louis Browns 35 56 20

 

 

Chicago White Sox 31 64 26