THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

WHITEY PLATT

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Browns beat the Sox on a walk off

August 4, 1948 ... Whitey Platt's line drive single to left climaxed a two run ninth, that enabled the St. Louis Browns to come from behind and edge the Red Sox, 9 to 8, tonight at Sportsman's Park before only 5000 fans in one of the weirdest games of the year. As result of the setback, that saw 13 runs cross the plate in the first inning, the Sox dropped back down to fourth place in the hectic struggle for the American League pennant.

The game started out like a softball game, as the Red Sox racked up six runs in their half of the first inning, on six hits and three base on balls against starting pitcher Blackie Schwamb, and his successor Al Widmar. The Browns roared back in their half for seven runs on eight hits and one walk, chasing Mel Parnell before Ellis Kinder could put out the fire.

But Kinder and Ned Garver, the third Browns pitcher, who entered the game in the second inning, then hooked up for an airtight duel. The Sox got a run off Garver in the second inning to tie the game at 7-7, and that's the way it stayed until the sixth inning. A crazy hop ground ball by Ted Williams that caromed into right field for a single, enabled Johnny Pesky, who had opened the inning with a double to score the run that put the Sox out in front 8 to 7.

Kinder rolled along smoothly into the ninth-inning, allowing no runs in only five scattered hits, then Paul Lehner, who was pinch hitting for Eddie Pellagrini, opened with a single back through the box that almost took his head off. Lehner was sacrificed to second and after Bob Dillinger hit a fly ball out to Dom DiMaggio, Kinder worked carefully to Al Zarilla, who eventually drew a walk. Gerry Priddy, who would already collected three hits, then banged out the first serve he saw into right field to tie up the game.

That brought up Platt, who was hitless in four trips. He hadn't played for a few weeks after injuring his right thumb and belted the first pitch he saw between Pesky and Stephens, sending Zarilla home for the walkoff winning run.

The Red Sox trail the Indians, the Athletics and the Yankees by a half game. They are four percentage points behind 3rd place, Philadelphia.

 

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

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

6

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

8

11

0

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

9

16

1

W-Fred Sanford (8-12)
L-Ellis Kinder (5-7)
Attendance 5235


2B-Stephens (Bost), Pesky (Bost), Zarilla (StL), Priddy (StL),
Pellagrini (StL), Garver (StL)
3B-Lund (StL)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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