THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BIRDIE TEBBETTS w/BILLY GOODMAN

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Vern Stephens' four-for-four
helps Ellis Kinder

August 28, 1948 ... Ellis Kinder kept seven Chicago White Sox hits scattered, as he hurled the Red Sox to a 6 to 2 triumph, under a broiling sun, before 10,000 fans at Fenway Park. Vern Stephens showed that he was well conditioned for the heat as he slapped out four hits, facing a 13 hit attack on three Chicago pitchers.

The Red Sox increased their league leadership to 1 1/2 games, with the Yankees moving into second place thanks to a ninth inning rally against the Indians, who are now in third, two games from the top.

Kinder was belted for four hits in the first two innings, but slick fielding helped him. He pitched hitless ball over the next five innings, but lost a shutout in the eighth as the White Sox picked up a couple of unearned runs.

Bill Wight, a young lefty, who had two early season decisions over the Red Sox, was given a good pasting. Before he was finally removed for a pinch-hitter, the Red Sox had scored five runs against him.

The Sox scored two times in the first inning as Dom DiMaggio walked, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams both singled in succession to score DiMaggio. The first of Stephens' two hits brought Pesky across and a walk to Bobby Doerr loaded the bases with none out. Wight toughened up and struck out Stan Spence and Billy Goodman, with Birdie Tebbetts hitting a fly ball for the third out.

The third, and eventual winning run, was scored by the Sox in the second inning. With one out, DiMaggio singled and Pesky walked. Williams lined a vicious line drive straight at Ralph Hodgin for the second out, but then Stephens ripped a single into left to bring DiMaggio home.

In the fourth, DiMaggio opened with a single, but Pesky forced him at second. After Williams hit another line drive out, Stephens knocked one off the left-field fence for a double. Pesky was held up at third-base but then Pat Seerey threw the ball to second and pesky was sent home by third coach Del Baker on the throw.

Up 4 to 0, Billy Goodman's single and Tebbetts' long double to center, scored another run in the fifth. The sixth run came in the sixth inning on consecutive doubles by Stephens and Doerr. That run was against reliever Glenn Moulder.

Kinder was moving along toward his second shutout of the season as he retired the first two White Sox batters in the eighth. But then Floyd Baker rolled one down the Goodman, to the right at first base. Kinder raced over to the bag to grab the toss, but Goodman threw it past him and it went into the Red Sox dugout. Ellis then permitted three straight singles and a fly ball out to DiMaggio that ended the inning. He set down the side, in order, during the ninth inning, for his sixth win.

Stephens' perfect day enabled him to pick up six points on his batting average, which is now at .289. His two RBIs, regained him the league leadership, as he went ahead of Joe DiMaggio with 114. His four hits gave him the club leadership with 142.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

 

2

7

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

1

0

1

1

1

0

0

x

 

 

6

13

1

 

 

 W-Ellis Kinder (6-7)
L-Bill Wight (8-15)
Attendance - 10,380

 2B-Weigel (Chi), Stephens (2)(Bost), Tebbetts (Bost),
 Pesky (Bost), Doerr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 2 2 .277  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 2 2 .295  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 0 1 .371  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 4 .289  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .285  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 1 .224  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 1 1 .297  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .283  

 

Ellis Kinder p 4 0 0 .111  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Ellis Kinder 9 7 0 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 74 47 -

 

 

New York Yankees 72 48 1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 72 49 2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 72 51 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers 58 58 13 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 46 72 26 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 46 75 28

 

 

Chicago White Sox 40 80 33 1/2