THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILLY HITCHCOCK

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Billy Hitchcock helps Mel Parnell beat the Tigers

August 31, 1948 ... Billy Hitchcock proved to be an ideal replacement for Bobby Doerr, when 33,310 chilly spectators watched the Red Sox trample the Detroit Tigers, 8 to 4. Hitchcock belted home three runs and scored the fourth, to help Mel Parnell win his fourth consecutive victory, as the Red Sox maintained their lead in the American League.

Art Houtteman was the victim of the latest Red Sox success. He stayed around only for five innings, as a porous Tiger defense enabled the Red Sox to pile up an early 4 to 1 lead. Parnell hurled brilliant baseball for five innings, but he tired over the last four, getting clipped for six hits and three runs. But Mel had enough left in the tank to come through in the clutch and pick up his 11th win.

Ted Williams doubled to left-center with two outs in the first, and Vern Stephens sent a twisting ground ball down the first base line that shot past firstbaseman, George Vico, into right field for a double, giving the Red Sox a 1 to 0 lead. A walk to Billy Goodman started a three-run second inning after the Tigers had tied it up in the top half. Birdie Tebbetts followed by belting a long drive to centerfield that Hoot Evers dropped, for a two base error. Hitchcock then put his team ahead, when he clipped a fastball into left-center for a double that scored Goodman and Tebbetts. Hitchcock himself scored when Jimmy Outlaw made an error on a long fly to right by Dom DiMaggio.

In the sixth inning with two outs the Tigers picked up another run and the Red Sox countered in their half of the inning when Spence walked and Goodman beat out a bunt. Tebbetts sacrificed them over and Hitchcock bounced a single off Johnny Lipon's outstretched glove, that brought Spence home.

Again in the seventh inning, the Tigers got another run and again the Red Sox came back in their half of the inning. Al Benton walked Johnny Pesky and Ted Grey came in to relieve him. Grey didn't help by walking Ted Williams, but managed to retire the next two men. Then he lost it as while he was striking out Spence, Pesky and Williams worked a double steal with Johnny scoring. Grey next threw a wild pitch, that sent Williams over to third. Ted scored when Tebbetts bounced a single that hit Vico in the face, at first. That put the Sox up 7-3.

DiMaggio opened the Sox eighth with a single and took third on a single by Williams. He scored when Vern Stephens rolled out. Mel Parnell had flutters in the top of the ninth when with one gone, Jimmy Outlaw got a base hit. He walked Dick Wakefield and Pat Mullin singled in Outlaw for a run making it 8 to 4.

Parnell is now won four straight over the Tigers since coming to the Sox a year ago. He has beat the Tigers three in a row this year. It was the Sox 12th win in 17 games against Detroit.

Bobby Doerr didn't dress for the game and is going to Philadelphia with the club tomorrow. He has a torn muscle in his left thigh.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

DETROIT TIGERS

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

 

 

4

8

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

3

0

0

0

1

2

1

x

 

 

8

11

0

 

 

 W-Mel Parnell (11-6)
L-Art Houtteman (2-14)
Attendance - 33,310

 2B-Vico (Cinc), Williams (Bost), Stephens (Bost),
 Hitchcock (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 1 .278  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 0 .291  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 2 2 .370  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 1 .285  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 1 1 .226  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 2 1 2 .305  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 1 1 .283  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 3 1 2 .242  

 

Mel Parnell p 4 0 1 .148  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mel Parnell 9 8 4 7 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 76 48 -

 

 

New York Yankees 75 49 1

 

 

Cleveland Indians 75 50 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 73 54 4 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 59 61 15

 

 

St. Louis Browns 47 74 27 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 48 77 28 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 42 82 34