THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TEX HUGHSON

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The
Sox blow a big lead but battle back to win

August 5, 1948 ... Tex Hughson came in and pitched a great game, in relief of Joe Dobson and Dave Ferriss, to gain his second win of the year as the Red Sox enjoyed an 8 to 7 triumph over the troublesome St. Louis Browns in the series finale. The win kept them in the thick of the American League pennant race, one game behind.

Hughson retired nine men in order after replacing Dave Ferriss in the seventh inning and was credited with the win. Joe Dobson started for the Red Sox, but was removed in favor of Ferriss during a five run fifth inning by the Browns.

Dobson, who seemed headed for his 14th win with a 6 to 0 early lead, ran into difficulty with control, after Vern Stephens' two successive errors put him in the hole during the fifth inning. Ferriss gave up two of St. Louis' six hits in his 2 1/3 innings, but Hughson looked like the Tex of old, as only one hit made it out of the infield against him.

The Red Sox again got away to a great start, as Browns' pitcher Joe Fannin walked both Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to start the game. Ted Williams singled to right to score DiMaggio and send Pesky to third, where he scored on Vern Stephens sacrifice fly to deep right. Singles by Birdie Tebbetts and DiMaggio followed another base on balls and an error that gave the Red Sox four more runs in the fourth and sent Fannin to the showers.

But in the St. Louis half of the fourth they got one run back that the Red Sox countered for in the fifth, when Bobby Doerr, who had walked, raced all the way home on Stan Spence's double down the left-field foul line, that made the score 7 to 1.

Stephens made two successive bobbles after one was out in the sixth, and instead of being out of the inning, Dobson found himself with two men on base. He then lost his control and walked three straight men to force in two runs. With the bases loaded, Hank Arft slug a long drive to left field, that got by Ted as he limped back slowly, that went for a bases clearing double. That finished Dobson and Ferris came in to retire the next two men. Then the Browns tied it up in the sixth when Ferriss walked the first batter and gave up two successive hits. Stephens lined a single that scored Pesky with the winning run in the eighth, redeeming him for the two errors that provided the impetus for the Browns big fifth inning.

The Sox, in winning their second of three games, banged out 10 hits off three Browns pitchers. Ted Williams, who was forced to leave the game in the sixth inning because of his aching leg, led the attack with three straight hits.

 

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

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

4

1

0

0

1

0

 

8

10

3

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

0

1

5

1

0

0

0

 

7

6

1

W-Tex Hughson (2-0)
L-Bryan Stephens (3-5)
Attendance 2563


2B-Spence (Bost), Priddy (StL), Arft (StL)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 2 1 .262  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 2 1 .277  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 3 .390  

 

Sam Mele rf 0 0 0 .229  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .290  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 1 1 .289  

 

Stan Spence rf/lf 4 1 1 .220  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 0 .304  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 2 .286  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 0 0 .217  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .207  

 

Wally Moses ph 0 0 0 .225  

 

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

 

Joe Dobson 4.1 4 1 3 1  

 

Dave Ferriss 1.2 2 2 4 2  

 

Tex Hughson 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 61 41 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 57 38 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 58 39 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 59 40 1

 

 

Detroit Tigers 46 51 12 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 41 57 18

 

 

St. Louis Browns 37 58 20 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 32 66 27