THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILLY HITCHCOCK

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Billy Hitchcock
paces the Sox once again

September 1, 1948 ... Billy Hitchcock continued to pace the Red Sox to a 10 to 1 triumph over the Detroit Tigers, by driving home three runs on three singles, and giving Jack Kramer an easy 15th win. Kramer spaced out eight hits and was accorded excellent support in the field. He easily outpitched Virgil Trucks, although it was close for the first five innings.

For four innings the game was scoreless. The Tigers were first to score in the fifth inning. With one gone, Bobby Swift singled to center and was forced at second by Trucks. Eddie Lipon blasted a triple to right-center that scored Swift. But then the Red Sox countered in their half of the inning as Goodman opened with a double to left. Tebbetts then rifled a single to right and Hitchcock drilled a hot shot by George Vico at first, that scored Goodman. A bunt by Kramer moved the runners over and Dom DiMaggio hit a long double to center that scored Tebbetts, but Hitchcock was nailed at the plate.

The Sox broke the game wide open in the sixth, with a seven run outburst. Ted Williams opened the inning with a line drive to right-field and stretched it into a double. Vern Stephens flied out and then Trucks walked Stan Spence. Goodman lined a fast single to left to load the bases and Trucks walked Tebbetts to force in Williams. Hitchcock sewed it up with a single that scored Spence and Goodman.

That was it for Trucks and in came Hal White. He proceeded to walk Kramer and DiMaggio to force in another run. Then Johnny Pesky cleared the sacks when a long shot to center good for three bases off the next pitcher, Billy Pierce. Pierce finally got the side out by striking out Williams and getting Spence on a fly ball. Three walks and Hitchcock's single in the seventh, accounted for the Red Sox final and 10th run.

Billy Hitchcock has gotten five hits and knocked in six runs, in the two games that he is played as Bobby Doerr's replacement. Doerr watched the game from one of the rooftop boxes, taking some motion pictures for his private collection.

Dom DiMaggio batted in three runs, as did Hitchcock and Pesky. In raised Dom's total to 74, a new personal record.

The Red Sox closed the 15 game homestand, going 12-3. Against the Tigers they've compiled a 9-2 mark. They started their homestand, in the middle of August, against the Athletics and were three games out of first. They go on the road tonight, to again meet the Athletics in Philadelphia, holding first place by one game over the Yankees.

 

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

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

8

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

2

7

1

0

x

 

 

10

10

0

 

 

 W-Jack Kramer (15-4)
L-Virgil Trucks (12-11)
Attendance - 22,374

 2B-Lipon (Det), Evers (Det), Goodman (Bost),
 DiMaggio (Bost), Williams (Bost)

 3B-Lipon (Det), Pesky (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 1 .279  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 1 .290  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .368  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 0 .282  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 1 0 .223  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 2 2 .307  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 2 3 2 .287  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 4 1 3 .271  

 

Jack Kramer p 1 1 0 .136  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 9 8 1 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 77 48 -

 

 

New York Yankees 76 49 1

 

 

Cleveland Indians 76 50 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 73 55 5 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 59 62 16

 

 

Washington Senators 49 77 28 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 47 75 28 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 42 83 35