THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MICKEY HARRIS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Mickey Harris dominates Washington

August 22, 1948 ... Mickey Harris found his pitching eye at Fenway Park and set back the Washington Senators by a score of 4 to 1, allowing the Red Sox to creep within one half game of the league-leading Cleveland Indians. Bobby Doerr's home run in the third inning, with Vern Stephens aboard, furnished Harris with the winning margin. Mickey's sixth victory of the year was assured in the eighth-inning when Dom DiMaggio pasted a two run single into centerfield. It had been a month since Harris last pitched a complete-game. But that month was one of the most successful for Mickey all year. He has won five of his last seven starts and hopefully his comeback will be instrumental in the pennant race.

Although the Red Sox were the recipients of the dozen free passes, they found it tough to score. Forrest Thompson was on the mound for Washington and was generous in putting men on base, but got tough with them. He was aided by four doubleplays. It was his successor, Sid Hudson, who yielded the final pair of Boston runs.

Thompson was greeted with a DiMaggio single and gave up three passes in the opening inning, but the Red Sox didn't score, as Johnny Pesky lined into a doubleplay after DiMaggio got on base. Three more walks were handed out in the second, one to Billy Goodman. He was doubled up trying to go to second when Birdie Tebbetts struck out.

With one gone in the third Thompson passed Vern Stephens. It was then that Bobby Doerr knocked out a three and one serve high into left field screen for his 23rd homer of the season.

The Senators get back into the game in the fourth when, with two outs Eddie Stewart drove a high ball into left-center. DiMaggio made a long run after it and a great effort in trying to grab it, but the ball bounced out of his glove for a triple. Then Mark Christman topped a ball down the third-base line, and Harris ran after it. Mickey picked up the ball and without looking, fired it into the dirt toward first base. Christman was safe and the run scored, making it 2 to 1. If Mickey had waited, he would've had a shutout, because Stewart was standing right next to him waiting to see how he would play it. When he threw the ball in the dirt, Stewart just walked across the plate. After that Harris wasn't in too much trouble, giving up just one hit and two walks over the final five innings.

Free passes to Doerr, Tebbetts and Harris loaded the bases with two out for the Red Sox in the eighth. DiMaggio then singled to center, scoring two runners and everybody breathed a bit easier.

Every member of the Red Sox drew at least one walk during the game. Of the four Red Sox runs, three were scored by players who had drawn free passes. Bobby Doerr's record errorless streak now stands at 62 games. He had a tough chance on Al Kozar's grounder which ended the game.

The Red Sox have now won 10 of their last 12 games, with a 40-17 record at home. Bobby Doerr broke his own personal home run record of 22 with the home run he hit today. Ted Williams has gone hitless in the last two games and will probably take batting practice at the ballpark tomorrow, with the Red Sox having the day off.

 

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WASHINGTON SENATORS

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BOSTON RED SOX

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 W-Mickey Harris (6-9)
L-Forrest Thompson (4-6)
Attendance - 26,734

 2B-Gillenwater (Wash)

 3B-Stewart (Wash)

 HR-Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 2 .269  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .289  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 0 .377  

 

Vern Stephens ss 2 1 0 .282  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 2 2 1 .286  

 

Stan Spence rf 2 0 0 .223  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 2 .299  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 1 0 .283  

 

Mickey Harris p 2 0 0 .077  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mickey Harris 9 5 1 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 70 45 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 70 46 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 67 46 2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 68 49 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers 54 57 14

 

 

St. Louis Browns 45 67 23 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 44 72 26 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 39 75 30 1/2