THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

GRIFFITH STADIUM

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox
come close and
split with the Senators

August 15, 1948 ... The Washington Senators defeated the Red Sox, 5 to 4 in the first game of the doubleheader, and almost came from behind to do it again in the nightcap. The Sox managed to hold onto the second game and win it 8 to 7. The third-place Red Sox lost a full game both the Indians and the A's, each of whom split a doubleheader. They now sit 2 1/2 games behind the Indians.

Ray Scarborough, was given the win in the first game, the result of a three-run rally in the ninth-inning by Washington. A last-ditch Sox ninth-inning rally fell one run short. With one out, Dom DiMaggio doubled and Johnny Pesky beat out an infield bunt down the third. On the play thirdbaseman Eddie Joost threw the ball into right field, allowing DiMaggio to score and Pesky to go to second. That brought in Forrest Thompson to pitch with Ted Williams coming up. Ted walloped the first pitch he saw into right field for his 20th home run, scoring Pesky and putting the Sox within a run. After Vern Stephens popped out, Bobby Doerr reached on a ground ball that Al Kozar couldn't handle, and Stan Spence walked. Jake Jones, who was replacing the ailing Billy Goodman, had a chance to be a hero and worked the count to three into, on the new pitcher Tom Ferrick. After whistling a line drive just outside the left-field foul line, he took a called third strike to end the game. The loss went to Jack Kramer, his fourth of the season. It marked the end of his consecutive victory streak at 11 games.

The second game win was given to Mickey Harris, his second in two days and fifth of the season. He relieved starter Ellis Kinder in the fourth inning and needed relief help himself from Joe Dobson before the wild eyed contest was concluded. Walt Masterson's generosity with free passes played a big role in the Sox run making and also resulted in him being charged with his 10th loss.

After dropping the opening game, the Sox started off as if they were going to chase Masterson out of the game. DiMaggio led off with a single and Masterson walked four of the next five batters and forced in two runs. Matt Batts knocked a clean single to right after that, to score two more, giving the Sox a 4 to 0 lead.

Kinder couldn't hold the advantage, as the Senators with two runs in their half of the first, one run in the second and another in the fourth drove him to the showers. Harris, making his second relief appearance in two days, retired eleven men in order over the next 3 2/3 innings. Spence knocked his ninth home run over the right-field fence, with Williams and Stephens aboard in the fifth inning, to gave Harris a somewhat comfortable three run lead.

But then suddenly the Senators began hitting him all over the field. Mickey Vernon doubled to left with one out and Wooten scored him with a triple to left-center after two were away, in the eighth. Then, when Al Evans slammed a triple to the deepest point in center field, that might've been an inside-the-park home run for a faster runner, the frantic Joe McCarthy called in his ace, Joe Dobson, to try and hold the 7 to 6 lead.

Dobson was able to get out of the inning and fortunately for him, the Sox picked up another run in the ninth on a walk in two hits. Then Carden Gillenwater tripled with one out in the ninth and scored on Tom McBride's single, before Dobson was able to fan Mark Christman to win the game.

The Sox took three of four from Washington and gave them a record of 11-9 on the road trip. Two more errorless games for Bobby Doerr brought his streak up to 56 games.

 

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

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

 

4

12

0

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

0

2

0

0

1

2

0

x

 

5

7

2

W-Ray Scarborough (11-6)
S-Tom Ferrick (9)
L-Jack Kramer (13-4)
Attendance 25,029

2B-DiMaggio (Bost), Spence (Bost)
3B-Stephens (Bost)
HR-Williams (Bost)

 

at Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

4

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1

 

8

7

0

WASHINGTON SENATORS

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

 

7

12

0

W-Mickey Harris (5-9)
S-Joe Dobson (2)
L-Walt Masterson (7-10)

2B-Spence (Bost), Vernon (Wash)
3B-Yost (Wash), Wooten (Wash),
Evans (Wash), Gillenwater (Wash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 3 .266  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 2 .285  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .381  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 2 .281  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 0 .282  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 2 .220  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 2 0 0 .297  

 

Jake Jones 1b 2 0 1 .208  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .280  

 

Jack Kramer p 2 0 0 .130  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 1 .226  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .000  
  Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .229  

 

             
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 6 6 3 2 1  
  Tex Hughson 2 1 2 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 3 .266  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 2 .285  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .381  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 2 .281  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 0 .282  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 2 .220  

 

Jake Jones 1b 2 0 1 .208  

 

Matt Batts c 2 0 0 .297  

 

Ellis Kinder p 4 0 1 .132  

 

Mickey Harris p 3 0 0 .280  

 

Joe Dobson p 1 0 0 .348  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Ellis Kinder 3.2 7 4 3 0  

 

Mickey Harris 4 3 2 0 1  
  Joe Dobson 1.1 2 1 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 67 42 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 67 45 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 65 45 2 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 61 46 5

 

 

Detroit Tigers 52 55 14

 

 

St. Louis Browns 43 64 23

 

 

Washington Senators 44 65 23

 

 

Chicago White Sox 36 73 31