THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOHNNY PESKY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Tex Hughson gets beaten in the 11th inning

August 8, 1948 ... The cellar dwelling Chicago White Sox may have been considered easy pickings by the Red Sox before they came here to Chicago to start the series, but the pale Sox knocked the American League hopefuls another game away from first place, by edging Boston, 2 to 1 in 11 innings of the nightcap in today's doubleheader at Comiskey Park. The Red Sox had won the opener by a score of 8 to 1. The doubleheader split gave the Red Sox three losses in the four-game series and dropped them to 2 1/2 games behind the league-leading Indians, in fourth place.

After Mel Parnell and chalked up his seasons eighth victory, the White Sox Joe Haynes and Glen Moulder held the Red Sox in check during the second contest, until Luke Appling, who two times had failed to drive in a run with a man on base, came through in the 11th inning with a fly to center, that allowed the winning run the score. Moulder was credited with a victory, his third, while Tex Hughson, who had replaced Ellis Kinder in the 11th inning, was charged with his first loss.

Parnell coasted to an easy victory in the opener, as the Red Sox bats exploded for 13 hits off starting pitcher Randy Gumpert and two successors. Johnny Pesky had three singles to lead the attack, but more decisive blows were struck by Wally Moses, who was filling in for Ted Williams, with a single and double that drove in three runs.

The Red Sox gave Parnell lead in the opening inning when Dom DiMaggio beat out a bunt and went to second on Pesky's fly ball right, third on an infield out and scoring on a passed ball while Vern Stephens was at bat.

Singles by Pesky and Stan Spence, a fielder's choice and a double by Moses down the right-field line accounted for two more runs in the third. Matt Batts, catching the first game, made it 4 to 0 in the next inning when he led off with his first home run of the year, a smash that landed high up in the left-field lower deck. Then, four runs in the seventh sewed it up for the Red Sox.

The White Sox drew first blood in the second game, when with two out in the fourth inning ,Dave Philley singled to right and stole second. He scored on Cass Michaels' line drive to left-field. A 352 four home run by the red-hot Wally Moses, that landed in the lower stands close to the right-field foul line, tied up the score in the sixth inning.

Haynes was only in trouble in only one inning during his nine innings pitched. That came in the fifth when Boston loaded the bases with two outs on a fielder's choice, a walk and an infield hit by DiMaggio. But Stephens left them all stranded when the best he could do was hit a fly ball.

Great defensive support Kinder out of trouble in the early innings and he pitched himself out of jams in the seventh and eighth.

Haynes left for a pinch-hitter in the ninth and right-hander Moulder replaced him, permitting Pesky a double in the 10th and then pitching himself out of hot water in the 11th. The Sox had filled the bases on singles by Bobby Doerr and Billy Goodman, with a walk to Ted Williams, who batted for Tebbetts. Batts came up to pinch hit for Kinder and ended the threat by hitting into an inning ending double play with the bases loaded.

Hughson came in to pitch for Boston in the 11th and with one out was touched for a single by Frank Baker. Tony Lupien moved them over to third on another hit before Appling flied out to DiMaggio in short center. Baker bluffed toward home and DiMaggio took the bait, making a throw that went to the left of the plate allowing the White Sox thirdbaseman to easily beat it home with the winning run.

Until DiMaggio had beaten out a bunt to open the first game, he was 0 for 11, with only one hit in 28 at-bats. Billy Goodman, also in a slump, had gone without a hit in 18 times at bat until he singled in the second game. Pesky's three hits in the opening game boasted his season's total of 100. Bobby Doerr extended his errorless string to 49 games with today's doubleheader. That made only one miscue in his last 70 games, handling 276 chances.

 

at Comiskey Park (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

2

1

0

4

0

0

 

8

13

1

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

1

7

2

W-Mel Parnell (8-6)
L-Randy Gumpert (1-2)
Attendance 21,738

2B-Moses (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost), Philley (Chi)
HR-Batts (Bost)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

10

0

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

2

12

1

W-Glen Moulder (3-4)
L-Tex Hughson (2-1)


2B-Pesky (Bost), Lupien (Chi)
HR-Moses (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 2 2 .259  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 2 3 .283  

 

Stan Spence lf 5 1 2 .221  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 0 .287  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 0 .284  

 

Wally Moses rf 5 0 2 .234  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 0 .291  

 

Matt Batts c 4 1 2 .352  
  Mel Parnell p 4 1 2 .152  

 

             
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 9 7 1 5 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 1 .258  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 1 .282  

 

Stan Spence lf 4 0 0 .218  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .284  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 2 .285  

 

Wally Moses rf 5 1 1 .233  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 0 3 .297  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .284  

 

Ted Williams ph 0 0 0 .387  

 

Sam Mele pr 0 0 0 .235  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Ellis Kinder p 4 0 1 .132  

 

Matt Batts ph/c 1 0 0 .348  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Ellis Kinder 10 10 1 4 4  
  Tex Hughson 0.2 2 1 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 63 42 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 60 39 -

 

 

New York Yankees 59 42 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 60 44 2 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 49 52 12

 

 

Washington Senators 42 60 19 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 38 60 21 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 35 67 26 1/2