THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BIRDIE TEBBETTS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox unload on Philadelphia
and move into second place

August 18, 1948 ... Denny Galehouse had another effective pitching performance that boosted the Red Sox into second place, but he was somewhat overshadowed by the hitting and running of Ted Williams, as the Red Sox whipped the Philadelphia A's by a 10 to 2 score.

Galehouse had yielded the first of his two runs in the first inning, so the Red Sox were losing 1 to 0 as they came up in the bottom half of the inning. They were facing Carl Scheib, the Husky right-handed youngster, who had won his first three games in a row. With one out, Johnny Pesky singled just out of the reach of Pete Suder near second base. That brought up Ted and the Athletics went into their shift on him, and so the shortstop slot was vacated with the wind blowing in from right-field. There was only one thing to do and Ted did it. He poked a roller through the hole into left-center as Pesky raced for third.

Vern Stephens next lifted a fly ball toward left-field. Pesky broke for home as Barney McCosky caught the ball, but Johnny was just faking. He took two steps and stopped and McCosky fell for it. He fired the ball toward home and Ted took off for second. The throw was cut off by Ferris Fain, who fired it to second, but Williams slid in safely. Then Bobby Doerr slammed a single between short and third and both Pesky and Williams were off with a swing. Ted rounded third as McCosky raced in to pick up the ball and his throw was not even close to getting Williams at the plate.

Galehouse was helped greatly as the Sox got three more runs in the third and four more runs in the fifth. Ted started the third inning rally with a line single to left. A single by Stephens and a pass to Doerr loaded the bases. That brought in Charlie Harris for Philadelphia. Harris forced a run across the plate when he passed Stan Spence. Stephens scored on a doubleplay ball and Doerr counted on a double by Birdie Tebbetts.

A perfect bunt by Billy Goodman started the four-run drive in the fifth inning. During that time the Sox got five consecutive hits as Tebbetts followed Goodman with a double, Galehouse beat out a bunt and then Dom DiMaggio and Pesky singled. The final Sox run came in the eighth-inning as Spence walk with two outs and sprinted home on Goodman's double off the left-field wall.

By winning their sixth game in their last seven starts, the Sox are now three percentage points ahead of the Athletics.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

2

8

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

3

0

4

0

0

1

x

 

 

10

17

0

 

 

 W-Denny Galehouse (6-6)
L-Carl Scheib (10-6)
Attendance - 24,178

 2B-Chapman (Phil), White (Phil), Tebbetts (2)(Bost),
 Goodman (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 2 .267  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 2 .286  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 2 3 .381  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 2 .284  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 1 1 .283  

 

Stan Spence rf 2 1 0 .219  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 2 .299  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 5 1 3 .285  

 

Denny Galehouse p 4 1 2 .167  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Denny Galehouse 9 8 2 4 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 69 42 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 66 45 3

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 67 46 3

 

 

New York Yankees 63 46 5

 

 

Detroit Tigers 53 55 14 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 43 66 25

 

 

Washington Senators 44 67 25

 

 

Chicago White Sox 36 74 32 1/2