THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EARL JOHNSON

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
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he Sox rebound with five runs in the 8th inning

August 9, 1948 ... No game scheduled

August 10, 1948 ... Timely hits by Dom DiMaggio and Vern Stephens gave the Red Sox a dramatic 9 to 6 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium before 67,691 fans. The victory propelled the Sox back into the thick of the American League pennant race.

The Sox collected only seven hits off Ed Lopat, Frank Hiller, Tommy Byrne and Vic Raschi, but they didn't need any more because of the free passes issued to them. They had two big rallies with three runs in the first inning and five in the eighth-inning that enabled them to come from behind, and were the result of two hits and four walks.

Neither starting pitcher, Jack Kramer for the Red Sox or Lopat for the Yankees was around at the finish. Kramer lasted 6 2/3 innings, as his aching right shoulder clearly affected his usual pinpoint control and resulted in him being knocked out the game in the seventh inning. Tex Hughson, who relieved him and pitched only a third of an inning, was credited with the win, his third. Earl Johnson finished up the last two innings for the Red Sox and got a save.

Entering their big eighth-inning, the Sox who led 3 to 0 and 5 to 3 at different stages, were trailing 6 to 4 with Tommy Byrne setting him down with comparative ease and seemingly on his way to a victory. But Byrne, who issued six of the 11 base on balls, walked Billy Goodman and Birdie Tebbetts to open the inning. After he threw one ball to Stan Spence, who was batting for Hughson, he was taken out and the Yankees called in their ace, Raschi. His control was no better and he threw Spence three more balls to load the bases. Up came Dom DiMaggio, who had already singled to open the three run first inning, singled home the fifth run in the sixth and then made brilliant catches all over the outfield. Dom blooped a hit into short right that scored Goodman and Billy Hitchcock, who was sent in to run for Tebbetts, tying up the game at 6 to 6. After Johnny Pesky sacrificed, Ted Williams was given an intentional walk to again load the bases. Then Vern Stephens came up and hit a line drive that bounced into the stands, scoring Spence and DiMaggio and putting Williams on third-base. Wally Moses ran for Ted and scored on Bobby Doerr's sacrifice fly to left, making it 9 to 6.

Earl Johnson came in to pitch the eighth and after walking George McQuinn, got Billy Johnson to hit into a doubleplay, and then got Phil Rizzuto to end the inning. In the ninth, Stuffy Stirnweiss reach with a single to right with one out. Johnson then walked Charlie Keller and Joe DiMaggio hit one back to the mound that Earl couldn't handle and the bases were loaded. But he got Yogi Berra to fly out to right and the game was over.

The Sox gained an important win that put them in the third place over the Yankees, cutting down their margin behind the Athletics, who split a doubleheader, and sliced the Cleveland lead over them to two games, as the Indians lost to Detroit.

Birdie Tebbetts suffered a possible broken finger on his throwing hand, when Billy Johnson stepped on his hand as Birdie dove back to third on a rundown play.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

5

0

 

9

7

1

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

0

1

1

1

3

0

0

 

6

11

2

W-Tex Hughson (3-1)
S-Earl Johnson (2)
L-Vic Raschi (14-5)
Attendance 67,691

2B-Stephens (2)(Bost), J.DiMaggio (NY), Byrne (NY), Berra (NY)
3B-Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 6 2 3 .262  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .279  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 1 .385  

 

Wally Moses pr 0 1 0 .233  

 

Matt Batts c 0 0 0 .348  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 2 .286  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .283  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 0 .230  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 2 1 .297  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 1 0 0 .283  

 

Billy Hitchcock pr 0 1 0 .213  

 

Earl Johnson p 1 0 0 .087  

 

Jack Kramer p 2 0 0 .135  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Stan Spence ph/lf 1 1 0 .217  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 6.2 8 5 3 2  

 

Tex Hughson 0.1 1 0 0 0  

 

Earl Johnson 2 2 0 2 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 61 40 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 64 43 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 61 44 2

 

 

New York Yankees 59 43 2 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 50 53 12

 

 

Washington Senators 43 61 19 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 40 60 20 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 35 69 27 1/2