THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

STAN SPENCE

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Red Sox pound away at the Browns

August 3, 1948 ... The Red Sox outscored the 7th place St. Louis Browns, 15 to 8, in a sloppy game played at Sportsman's Park. They thus found themselves simultaneously in third place by percentage points, and yet in a virtual tie for first.

The Browns outhit the Red Sox 14 to 12, but their six pitchers gave up nine base on balls, and thirdbaseman Bob Dillinger, committed two costly errors, which gave the Red Sox impetus in this seventh and eighth innings, thus sewing up the verdict. Jack Kramer was given credit for the win, although he was forced to retire at the end of three innings because of a sore arm. He was leading 5 to 3 at the time and lefty Earl Johnson finished up for him, going strong for three innings, but weakening in the last three.

Stan Spence, who seems to have recovered his batting eye, led the Sox attack with three hits, one of them his eighth home run of the year, and he chased home four runs. Ted Williams also knocked out his 18th home run of the year, that cleared the right-field stands and landed on Grand Boulevard.

Spence's four-bagger highlighted a four-run Boston first inning, scoring Vern Stephens ahead of him. Stephens had just tripled, scoring Johnny Pesky and Williams. Ted made it 5 to 0 in the third inning with his home run.

Kramer had trouble with his control and was behind the batters constantly and kept shrugging his shoulders as if to loosen them. But after he gave up four straight hits and a walk for three runs, after two were out in the third, manager Joe McCarthy decided something wasn't right and lifted him in favor of pinch-hitter Jake Jones in the fourth inning.

Entering the Red Sox seventh inning, Zach Taylor, the fourth pitcher for the St. Louis took to the mound and before he retired the side, 10 Boston hitters had come to the plate and four runs came in on three base hits, two base on balls and two-hit batters.

Five more runs crossed the plate for the Red Sox in the eighth on only two hits. There were two walks and Spence singled to short right to load the bases. Then Billy Goodman poked the ball between first and second to score Ted Williams and Vern Stephens. Frank Biscan, who was the pitcher, was relieved by Bill Kennedy after that and he passed Birdie Tebbets to load the bases. Finally, Dom DiMaggio hit a ground ball down to Dillinger, who threw the ball into right field, and three more runs crossed the plate, giving the Red Sox a total of 15 runs.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

4

0

1

0

0

1

4

5

0

 

15

12

3

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

2

 

10

14

0

W-Jack Kramer (13-3)
S-Earl Johnson (1)
L-Fred Sanford (7-12)
Attendance 6961


2B-Lund (StL), Pellagrini (StL), Zarilla (StL)
3B-Stephens (Bost), Arft (StL)
HR-Spence (Bost), Williams (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 0 .266  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 2 2 .278  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 3 1 .385  

 

Sam Mele lf 1 0 0 .229  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 3 1 .289  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 6 2 2 .290  

 

Stan Spence rf 5 3 3 .218  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 1 2 .310  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 2 1 0 .277  

 

Jack Kramer p 1 0 1 .140  

 

Jake Jones ph 1 0 0 .202  

 

Earl Johnson p 3 0 0 .091  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 3 5 3 5 1  

 

Earl Johnson 6 9 4 1 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 56 38 -

 

 

New York Yankees 57 39 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 58 40 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 59 41 -

 

 

Detroit Tigers 46 50 11

 

 

Washington Senators 41 56 16 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 36 57 19 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 32 64 25