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 ...
The Red Sox lose another on in Chicago

August 7, 1948 ... Right-hander Allan Gettel, another Cleveland Indians castoff, set the Red Sox down with only four scattered hits and a 5 to 1 loss. It was his second straight Red Sox defeat here in Chicago and the third one of the season for Gettel, two of which are against the Red Sox.

Ralph Hodgin, the ex-Braves outfielder, and Tony Lupien, the ex-Red Sox firstbaseman, each collected two hits in the eleven hit White Sox assault on Mickey Harris and Earl Caldwell. Their two deciding blows kept the Red Sox mired a game and a half behind the American League pennant leaders.

The Red Sox were playing again without Ted Williams who was limited to pinch-hitting duty because of his sore left leg and were not able to do anything against Gettel through six innings. Four times in the first six innings, the Red Sox leadoff batter reached safely. But each time, Gettel was able to squash the Red Sox without further trouble. In the last three innings, he didn't allow a hit with the only Red Sox players to reach, were on walks. He struck out six, with half of them being on called third strikes.

Mickey Harris got touched in the first inning, as the White Sox picked up two runs on four hits, a base on balls, and an error by Wally Moses in right field. With one out, Lupien singled to center and raced all the way home when Moses failed to pick up Luke Appling's single to right. Harris settled down for the next four innings and his teammates put them back in the game with a run in the sixth.

After Stan Spence led off with a single, Bobby Doerr reached on a bobble by Appling. Moses partially redeemed himself with a double to center that scored Spence. But the White Sox came back with two runs in their half, however, and clinched the game with Lupien having the satisfaction of knocking out the hit that beat the team, which had cast him adrift. Harris got the first two batters easily, but then got himself in trouble by walking catcher, Mike Tresh. Gettel followed with his second straight single and then Mickey gave up his third free pass to Frank Baker, on four straight balls, to load the bases. That set the stage for Lupien, who lined a vicious single to right that brought in two runs. Earl Caldwell came in to replace Harris and threw only one pitch, that cut down Baker at the plate on an attempted double steal.

A base on balls also set up Chicago's final run in the seventh off Caldwell. Appling walked and was sacrificed to second, scoring on Ron Hodgins' base hit to center.

Red Sox made a dying gasp in the ninth when Birdie Tebbetts reached on a free pass to open the inning. Williams came up to pinch-hit for Caldwell and drove Hodgin back to the fence with a smashed line drive, that might've been a home run, had the wind not been blowing in. Dom DiMaggio ended the game by grounding into a doubleplay.

Ted Williams is still hobbling around and his injury doesn't seem to be getting any better. Joe Dobson, who was smacked on the wrist a week ago by Bob Feller, started throwing again today. Jack Kramer, suffering from a sore right shoulder attempted to throw a few.

 

at Comiskey Park (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

1

4

1

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

2

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

x

 

5

11

1

W-Al Gettel (3-7)
L-Mickey Harris (3-9)
Attendance 5938


2B-Moses (Bost), Seerey (Chi)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 0 .257  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 2 0 0 .278  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 0 1 .218  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 1 .289  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .287  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 1 .226  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 0 .296  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 2 0 0 .284  

 

Mickey Harris p 1 0 0 .091  

 

Earl Caldwell p 1 0 0 .143  

 

Ted Williams ph 1 0 0 .387  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mickey Harris 5.2 10 4 3 2  

 

Earl Caldwell 2.1 1 1 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 62 42 -

 

 

New York Yankees 59 40 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 58 39 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 59 43 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 47 52 12 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 42 58 18

 

 

St. Louis Browns 38 59 20 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 34 66 26