THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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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 winning margin.

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.

 

at Comiskey Park (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

 

3

7

1

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

0

x

 

4

10

0

W-Bill Wight (Chi)
S-Glen Moulder (1)
L-Denny Galehouse (4-6)
Attendance 27,428


2B-Baker (Chi)
HR-Stephens (Bost), Seerey (Chi)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 0 .260  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 2 .280  

 

Stan Spence lf 3 1 0 .218  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 1 .289  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .287  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 0 .299  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 2 .235  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .286  

 

Wally Moses ph 0 0 0 .225  

 

Denny Galehouse p 2 0 1 .125  

 

Ted Williams ph 1 0 0 .388  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Denny Galehouse 8 10 4 5 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 58 38 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 61 42 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 58 40 1

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 59 42 1 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 47 51 12

 

 

Washington Senators 41 58 18 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 38 58 20

 

 

Chicago White Sox 33 66 26 1/2