BOSTON RED SOX ...
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Pat Seerey's smash sinks the Red Sox
August 6, 1948
... Pat Seerey slammed a three run homer in
the seventh inning that gave the White Sox and 4 to 3 victory over
the Red Sox at Comiskey Park and dropped them a game and a half back
of the league-leading Cleveland Indians, in the hectic race for the
American League pennant.
Seerey, who was traded to the White Sox
earlier this season by Cleveland, struck the big blow for his former teammates
as it worked out and provided the costly setback for the Red Sox, who had
expected to romp over the last place Chicago team. It was his 15th home run and
he gave lefty Bill Wight, the ex-Yankee, his seventh win of the season and
second over Boston. Wight was removed for a pinch-hitter in the big seventh
inning after allowing only three runs and six hits in his seven inning stint.
Veteran Denny Galehouse went all the way for the Red Sox and was charged for
his six loss. He deserved a better fate, as he scattered ten hits, five of them
in the first two innings, struck out four and walked five. But he made one pitch
to good for the powerful Seerey in the seventh inning and that was the ballgame.
Wight put the Red Sox down with two hits in the first five innings. He got
out of trouble in the third after Sam Mele opened with the first hit off him and
was followed by a snappy doubleplay. Another twin killing almost saved him in
the sixth inning, but then Johnny Pesky singled, Stan Spence walked and Vern
Stephens smashed his 23rd home run, with the count two and two, into the
left-field upper deck. The three runs boosted Stephens RBI total to 93 and it
appeared the 3 to 1 lead would be enough to win, the way Galehouse was pitching.
But the Sox pitcher, who had yielded only one run on a sacrifice fly in the
second inning, ran into difficulty in the sixth. Two hits, a fielder's choice,
and his own error by dropping Billy Goodman's throw for what would've been the
final out at first, loaded the bases. Then he then bore down to get Cass
Michaels on strikes.
In the next inning the Red Sox came back to load the bases with an
opportunity to sew up the game, but Spence couldn't produce the crucial hit and
grounded out to end the rally. The White Sox now made the most of their
opportunity in their half of the inning. With one out, Frank Baker doubled just
inside the left-field line. After Tony Lupien flew out to Dom DiMaggio,
Galehouse issued his fourth walk of the night to Luke Appling. That brought up
Seerey. Pat had already collected two line drive singles and had been called out
on strikes. He took one strike and then walloped his home run for the game
The Sox were playing without Ted Williams was regulated to a pinch-hitter
role after aggravating his leg injury in St. Louis. With another faultless day
in the field, Bobby Doerr extended his consecutive games without an error streak
to 46. Against the White Sox this year, the Red Sox have won 10 of 15, but at
Comiskey Park they had been beaten four out of six times.