THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TED WILLIAMS & SAM CHAPMAN

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Philly rebounds and
pushes the Sox back

August 19, 1948 ... The Red Sox had one of those days when they could do nothing right. The Philadelphia Athletics, however, did everything right and waltzed away with a 10 to 3 verdict at Fenway Park. And thus the A's vaulted over the Sox into second place with the Red Sox also losing a full game to the New York Yankees.

Dick Fowler notched his seasons 12th win and his third over the Red Sox, however he needed help from Lou Brissie, who pitched the last two innings, allowing no hits and retiring the side on strikes in the eighth. Fowler was tremendous in the clutch, leaving 10 Red Sox baserunners aboard in his seven innings.

Joe Dobson started for the Red Sox, in his fourth attempt to win his 14th game and was locked in a two all tie with Fowler through six innings. Then faulty defense and great Philadelphia hitting, sent him to the showers. Following rapidly were Tex Hughson, Earl Johnson, Earl Caldwell and Chuck Stobbs, with Philly picking up four runs in both the seventh and eighth innings.

The Red Sox started off by getting a run in the first inning on a Johnny Pesky walk, a single by Ted Williams and a sacrifice fly by Vern Stephens. They got another run in the fifth on Pesky's bunt, Williams' walk and Stephen's single to left, that tied up the game at two each.

The ballgame was lost in the seventh inning when Buddy Rosar opened with a single to right. Elmer Valo singled over second and Barney McCoskey lined one in right to score Rosar. A sacrifice fly from Sam Chapman and Ferris Fain's double into left had Tex Hughson came in to replace Dobson and he granted a right-field singled to Hank Majeski, putting the A's up 6 to 2. The A's batted around in the eighth, getting five walks and two hits and four more runs.

Bobby Doerr's errorless streak is now at 58 games, handling 139 putouts and 177 assists, for a total of 316 chances. In the last 89 games he is only made one error.

 

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

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

4

0

 

 

10

14

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

 

 

3

11

0

 

 

 W-Dick Fowler (12-4)
S-Lou Brissie (4)
L-Joe Dobson (13-7)
Attendance - 18,846

 2B-White (Phil), Fain (Phil), Spence (Phil)

 HR-Suder (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 0 .264  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 2 2 .289  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 2 .383  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 1 .283  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 1 .282  

 

Stan Spence rf 5 0 2 .222  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .298  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .285  

 

Joe Dobson p 3 0 1 .231  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .087  

 

Earl Caldwell p 0 0 0 .143  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .227  

 

Chuck Stobbs p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Joe Dobson 6.2 10 6 2 2  

 

Tex Hughson 1 2 4 3 0  

 

Earl Johnson - 1 0 2 0  

 

Earl Caldwell 0.1 0 0 0 0  

 

Chuck Stobbs 1 1 0 2 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 69 42 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 68 46 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 66 46 3 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 64 46 4 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 53 55 14 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 43 66 25

 

 

Washington Senators 44 68 25 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 36 74 32 1/2