THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MEL  PARNELL, JOE DOBSON
& JACK KRAMER

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Joe Dobson wins a clutch game in Philly

September 3, 1948 ... Joe Dobson kept the Red Sox on top of the American League with a great pressure pitching job, shutting out the Philadelphia Athletics, 2 to 0, at Shibe Park. In winning his 15th game of the year, Dobson threw a four hitter, but needed to be perfect. The Yankees had taken a doubleheader to move into a practical tie for first place. Joe DiMaggio went on a batting rampage, blasting three home runs and driving in seven to lead the Yanks to a 6 to 2 and 5 to 2 triumph over the Washington Senators. A setback would put the Red Sox back in second place.

In order to get the win, Dobson had battle, Carl Scheib, the brilliant young pitcher of the A's, who permitted only six hits. The first Sox run was unearned, but Birdie Tebbetts hit a home run in the eighth-inning to justify the Red Sox victory.

That first run came in the first inning when Dom DiMaggio opened the game by beating out a bunt down the third-base line. He moved to second as Johnny Pesky grounded out and Ted Williams followed with a strikeout. Vern Stephens came up next and hit a ground ball down to shortstop, Heinie Majeski for what should've been the third out. DiMaggio, going from second to third tried to distract Majeski from getting the ground ball cleanly. Majeski picked it up in for a second and hesitated before he threw to first. It was a good choice, but his throw went into right field, allowing DiMaggio to score easily.

Dobson spent the next few innings trying to defend that vital run. In the fifth inning, with the Philly fans whistling and howling, Dobson got himself into trouble. It was a tremendous performance in keeping the Athletics from scoring. Majeski grounded a single into right field to start and then Sam Chapman bounced on double off the scoreboard in right-center. Because there was none out, Majeski was held up at third. Elmer Valo came to the plate next and swung at the first pitch which rolled a bit to the right of the mound. Dobson leaped over and grabbed the ball, tossing out Valo as the runners held their base. Buddy Rosar was intentionally passed to load up the bases and Dobson got into a hole by throwing two balls to the next batter Pete Suder. Suder missed the next two pitches and the count went up to three and two. The payoff pitch resulted in a pop out to Vern Stephens. Up came Scheib next, a good hitter for pitcher, so Dobson had a pitch with care. Once more he got to a three and two count on the batter and after fouling off one pitch, Scheib hit an easy line drive out to DiMaggio for the final out.

After tha,t the A's got only one hit, a fluke double by Buddy Rosar with two outs in the seventh. It bounced off Stephens' mitt into short center for two bases. Dobson retired the next seven men in order to preserve his slim lead and keep the Sox in first place. It was his fifth shutout of the year.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

2

6

0

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

4

1

W-Joe Dobson (15-7)
L-Carl Schieb (11-7)
Attendance 20,915

2B-Spence (Bost), Chapman (Phil), Rosar (Phil)
HR-Tebbetts (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 1 .279  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 0 0 .288  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 0 .365  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .282  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 1 .223  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .307  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 1 .287  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 4 0 0 .257  

 

Joe Dobson p 3 0 1 .222  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Joe Dobson 9 4 0 2 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 78 48 -

 

 

New York Yankees 78 49 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 77 51 2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 73 56 6 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 60 62 16

 

 

St. Louis Browns 48 76 29

 

 

Washington Senators 49 79 30

 

 

Chicago White Sox 42 84 36