THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TED WILLIAMS SCORES

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox and Browns split a doubleheader,
but Bobby Doerr is injured

August 29, 1948 ... The St. Louis Browns prevented the Red Sox from increasing their lead in the American League, as the two teams split a doubleheader at Fenway Park, by scores of 10 to 2 for the Red Sox and 12 to 4 for St. Louis.

After five consecutive failures, Joe Dobson finally landed his 14th win in the opening game. He was aided by Birdie Tebbetts, who hit a grand slam homer and by a three run homer from Ted Williams. The Browns then went on a hitting binge in the second game, as they smashed four Sox pitchers for 20 hits, including home runs by Al Zarilla, Les Moss and Don Lund.

Both games were settled in the first inning. The Browns scored a run in their half of the first in the first game, but the Red Sox came back with seven runs, as they chased Karl Drews and his successor Bryan Stephens. Drews started by throwing eight straight balls to Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky. He then threw two balls to Ted Williams and finally got a ball over the plate, only to see Williams send it sky high, sailing out into the bleachers. After Vern Stephens popped out, Bobby Doerr and Stan Spence both singled. That brought in Bryan Stephens from the bullpen. The first thing he did was walk Billy Goodman to load the bases. Then Tebbetts sent a scorching line drive over the left-field wall for a grand slam homer, that clinched the decision.

In the second game, Mickey Harris was given the job of keeping alive a four-game Sox winning streak, but he didn't have it. He retired Bob Dillinger to start out the game, but Zarilla lined a drive into right field grandstand for a home run. Singles by Gerry Priddy, Whitey Platt and Don Lund scored another run. Mickey picked off Platt from third base, but walked Hank Arft and then Les Moss lined one into the screen to make it 5 to 0. Earl Johnson took over and gave up two hits, but prevented any further scoring.

Johnson gave up three more runs in the second inning including Lund's home run. In the third after he gave up three singles, and was taken out in favor of Tex Hughson. The Browns cashed in with two more runs before Tex struck out Lund to end the inning, but the score was 10 to 0.

The Red Sox were able to scored three runs in their half of the fourth when Williams opened with a single, and Gerry Priddy fumbled a line drive from Vern Stephens. Doerr doubled to left to score Ted and Stephens scored when pitcher, Ned Garver, threw out Billy Goodman. Matt Batts drove home Doerr with a double for the third Boston run. Boston's final run in the ninth was produced on DiMaggio's double and Pesky's single.

The Red Sox lost the services of Bobby Doerr indefinitely. While racing for an infield hit in the eighth-inning of the second game, Doerr pulled the muscle in his left thigh. He had aggravated it earlier when he stumbled over first base on his way to getting a double. Doerr has played through 69 consecutive games without an error. He handled 381 chances in succession. The record is held by Stuffy Stirnweiss who went 71 games and 383 chances. Billy Goodman will move over to second base to fill in, and first base will be taken over by Jake Jones.

Because the Yankees, Indians and Athletics also broke even in their doubleheaders, the Sox maintain their 1 1/2 game advantage over the second-place Yankees.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

6

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

7

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

x

 

 

10

10

0

 

 

 W-Joe Dobson (14-7)
L-Karl Drews (3-4)
Attendance - 27,522

 2B-Goodman (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost)

 HR-Arft (StL), Williams (Bost), Tebbetts (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

5

3

2

0

0

2

0

0

0

 

 

12

20

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

4

10

0

 

 

 W-Ned Garver (6-8)
L-Mickey Harris (6-10)

 2B-Dillinger (StL), Priddy (StL), Platt (2)(StL), Batts (Bost)
 DiMaggio (Bost), Stephens (Bost), Doerr (2)(Bost)

 HR-Zarilla (StL), Lund (StL), Moss (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 2 .279  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 0 .292  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 1 .371  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .286  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 2 2 .287  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 3 2 .228  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 1 2 .301  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 1 .282  

 

Joe Dobson p 3 0 0 .217  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 9 6 2 4 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 .279  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 2 .294  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .369  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 1 .285  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 3 .291  

 

Jake Jones 1b 0 0 0 .200  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 0 0 .226  

 

Billy Goodman 1b/2b 3 0 1 .301  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 1 .330  

 

Mickey Harris p 0 0 0 .077  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .080  

 

Tex Hughson p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 0 .222  

 

Earl Caldwell p 0 0 0 .143  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .221  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mickey Harris 0.2 5 5 1 0  

 

Earl Johnson 2 7 5 2 2  

 

Tex Hughson 4.1 6 2 1 1  
  Earl Caldwell 2 2 0 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 75 48 -

 

 

New York Yankees 73 49 1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 73 50 2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 73 52 3

 

 

Detroit Tigers 59 59 13 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 47 73 26 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 47 76 28

 

 

Chicago White Sox 41 81 33 1/2