THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DENNY GALEHOUSE

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Denny Galehouse baffles the Yankees

August 11, 1948 ... Manager Joe McCarthy pitched Denny Galehouse and the veteran right-hander set down the Yankees with eight scattered hits for a 5 to 2 triumph, giving the Red Sox their second straight victory over New York at the Stadium. Dave Ferriss was originally scheduled to hurl in the morning, but McCarthy switched to Galehouse. He didn't let his manager down and chalked up his fifth victory of the season.

The Yankees got to Galehouse for runs in the first and third innings, but after that he was invincible, striking out three and walking only one. In the last six innings he was in only one jam, and thanks to some brilliant fielding by Dom DiMaggio, he pitched himself out of it very nicely.

In the meantime, his teammates led by Johnny Pesky, who knocked out a double and a triple, and Ted Williams, who slammed his 19th home run, pounded out 12 hits against Allie Reynolds and two other pitchers. Reynolds, who had previously beat the Red Sox twice, was charged with his sixth defeat and the first by Boston this year.

A pair of two run innings in the fifth and seventh, sewed up the decision of the Sox. There were behind 2 to 1, with Reynolds moving along nicely, when Pesky lined a triple to right-center between Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio, to open the fifth. Ted Williams drew a walk and then Vern Stephens made a great bid for a home run, as Charlie Keller raced all the way back to the fence to make a backhanded stab in the clutch. After the catch, Pesky was able to trot home easily to even the score. The RBI for Stephens brought his season's total to 98, keeping him in the lead of the American League. Williams however, was next cut down at the plate on a fielder's choice after Bobby Doerr had singled in the third. But Billy Goodman brought Bobby home from second base to put the Red Sox out in front 3 to 2.

In the seventh inning, Williams led off with his home run just inside the left-field foul line. It was his third home run of the year to left-field, with the other two coming in Boston in Cleveland. Reynolds succeeded in getting out the next two batters, before he walked Spence and Goodman. Matt Batts then bounced a single off his glove, that went into centerfield, getting Spence home and sending Goodman over to third. When Reynolds walked Galehouse, Frank Miller came in to relieve him and ended the rally, but the Sox were up 5 to 2.

Galehouse, who had been more valuable to the Sox as relief pitcher, permitted only one man to reach over the last three innings. He retired the last seven men he faced in order.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

2

0

2

0

0

 

5

12

0

NEW YORK YANKEES

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

8

0

W-Denny Galehouse (5-6)
L-Allie Reynolds (11-6)
Attendance 44,836

2B-Pesky (Bost), Stirnweiss (NY), Johnson (NY), Keller (NY)
3B-Pesky (Bost)
HR-Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 2 .263  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 2 .281  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 2 .388  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 0 .283  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 1 1 .282  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 1 1 .218  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 2 .300  

 

Matt Batts c 5 0 2 .351  

 

Denny Galehouse p 2 1 0 .115  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Denny Galehouse 9 8 2 1 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 65 43 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 62 40 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 62 44 2

 

 

New York Yankees 59 44 3 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 50 54 13

 

 

Washington Senators 43 62 20 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 41 61 21

 

 

Chicago White Sox 36 69 27 1/2