THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOBBY DOERR

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox come from behind against the Senators

August 14, 1948 ... The scores of the Athletics and the Indians games were all the incentive that the Red Sox needed, trailing 3 to 0, when they unloaded three straight hits off Mickey Haefner, to collect enough runs and win their second straight from Washington, 4 to 3. It was the fourth win in a row for the Sox and the comeback triumph also helped them the climb over the A's into second place by two percentage points.

Joe Dobson, with his sore wrist, was the starter for the Red Sox and not around at the finish. It was his first game since August 5th when he injured his wrist. He retired for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, after giving up three runs and eight hits, five of them doubles. Mickey Harris relieved him in the seventh and Earl Johnson finished the final two innings in perfect relief. Harris was credited with his fourth victory.

Haefner handcuffed the Red Sox until the eighth. In the first seven innings, the knuckleballer had the Sox eating out of his hand, as he scattered out only three hits. He was in trouble once, in spite of two errors behind him. That happened in the second inning, when Bobby Doerr singled and then two of his walks loaded the bases. He escaped however, by getting Dobson out on a pop up.

But there was no escape in the eighth-inning. Johnny Pesky led off with a hit to deep short and Ted Williams lined his only hit of the afternoon into center, moving Pesky over to third. Vern Stephens, hitless in his previous twelve times at bat, snapped out of his slump with a line drive single to left. That scored Pesky and gave Stephens his 100th RBI, to lead the major leagues in that department. When leftfielder Ed Stewart threw to the wrong base, Williams took the opportunity to move over to third. Doerr then drove rightfielder Sherry Robertson back to the scoreboard with a long fly and Williams jogged home after the catch. Stan Spence next walked, moving Stephens down to second and Billy Goodman's ground ball made it thru into the outfield between first and second, scoring Vern with the tying run at four each. Spence made his way to third and Goodman went to second when Robertson fumbled the ball. Tom Ferrick came in to replace Haefner and walked Matt Batts purposely to load the bases. Wally Moses came in and batted for Harris and hit a deep fly ball to center that permitted Spence to come across with the go-ahead fifth run.

Washington picked up their runs in three different innings, making two hits in each one. In the second inning, Earl Wooten hit the first of his two doubles just inside the left-field foul line and scored on a single to right. Successive doubles by Robertson and Stewart accounted for a run in the third. Wooten, who had doubled, advanced to third on an infield out and scored on a perfect squeeze bunt by Haefner in the fourth.

The win gave the Red Sox the season edge over Washington, 6 to 5 on the year. For the entire trip so far, the Red Sox have a 10-8 record. It was another errorless day for Bobby Doerr, boosting his consecutive error less streak to 54 games, five short of his own American League record.

Billy Goodman flew back to Boston with Mel Parnell.  Goodman was stricken by stomach cramps in the first game of the doubleheader.  Dr. Ralph McCarthy examined him an determined that he could be suffering from the first stages of appendicitis, but the situation was not serious.  He wanted to re-examine him in Boston.

 

at Griffith Stadium (Washington, D.C.) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

 

4

7

0

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

8

3

W-Mickey Harris (4-9)
S-Earl Johnson (3)
L-Mickey Haefner (4-11)
Attendance 18,000

2B-Wooten (2)(Wash), Robertson (Wash),
Stewart (Wash), Christman (Wash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 0 .262  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 1 .283  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .383  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 1 .279  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 2 .285  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 1 0 .216  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .299  

 

Matt Batts c 2 0 0 .337  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 0 1 .226  

 

Sam Mele ph 1 0 0 .229  

 

Mickey Harris p 0 0 0 .091  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .3231  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .087  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Joe Dobson 6 8 3 2 2  

 

Mickey Harris 1 0 0 0 0  

 

Earl Johnson 2 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 65 42 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 64 44 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 65 45 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 61 44 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers 51 55 13 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 43 63 21 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 43 64 22

 

 

Chicago White Sox 36 71 29