THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOB LEMON

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bob Lemon knocks out the Sox

August 25, 1948 ... The Red Sox were evicted from the American League penthouse when Bob Lemon shut them out, 9 to 0, at Fenway Park. Lemon hung up his 17th win and 8th shutout of the season, not only with his four hit pitching, but with a brilliant display of his defensive ability.

Lemon took command of the game and stopped the five-game Red Sox winning streak. He gave up half of his four hits in the opening inning before his teammates were able to score a run. And he hit a ball off the fence for a double during the four run Indian uprising in the second inning, that sent starter Denny Galehouse to the bench and settled the issue.

The Indians ripped Galehouse and Dave Ferriss apart. They knocked out 19 base hits when Larry Doby and manager Lou Boudreau, each had three hits apiece including a home run each.

A doubleplay allowed Galehouse to survive the opening inning, but he wasn't so fortunate in the second. With one out, Doby drilled a single to center, going to third on Eddie Robinson's single to right. Jim Hegan put a dent in the fence with a single that scored Doby. Lemon's double off the fence brought in Robinson. A long fly ball out to Dom DiMaggio in center by Dale Mitchell, brought in Hegan, and Lemon scored when Allie Clarke singled, making it 4 to 0.

That finished Galehouse and his successor Dave Ferriss was no improvement. He got out of the second inning, but over the rest of the game he was clipped for 12 hits and five runs. A Doby triple, sandwiched between singles from Joe Gordon and Robinson, produced two Indian runs in the third inning. A pass to Ken Keltner, a single by Gordon and an infield out were good for a single run in the fourth. The final two Cleveland runs were produced by home runs. Boudreau homered into the left-field nets in the sixth inning and Doby knocked one into the far turn of the right field grandstand in the eighth.

Only three times, the Red Sox managed to put a couple of men on base during the same inning, but no one got as far as third-base. In the first inning Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams singled in succession, but Vern Stephens hit into a doubleplay. With two gone in the seventh, Stan Spence walked and Billy Goodman beat out a bunt and that was it.

Red Sox pitchers had been hit for 17 runs and 34 hits in two games. The Indians have hit Sox pitching for 23 home runs this year. Doby has hit five of them.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

4

2

1

0

1

0

1

0

 

 

9

19

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

4

0

 

 

 W-Bob Lemon (17-11)
L-Denny Galehouse (6-7)
Attendance - 30,745

 2B-Lemon (Clev), DiMaggio (Bost)

 3B-Doby (Clev)

 HR-Boudreau (Clev), Doby (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .272  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 2 0 1 .290  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 1 .375  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .281  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .288  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 0 0 .219  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .298  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .280  

 

Denny Galehouse p 0 0 0 .167  

 

Dave Ferriss p 2 0 0 .194  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Denny Galehouse 1.2 7 4 0 0  

 

Dave Ferriss 7.1 12 5 4 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 71 46 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 71 47 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 69 47 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 68 51 4

 

 

Detroit Tigers 56 57 13

 

 

St. Louis Browns 46 68 23 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 45 73 26 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 40 77 31