THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

ELLIS KINDER

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Hitchcock knocks in the game winner for Ellis Kinder

September 4, 1948 ... The Red Sox clung to their one half game advantage with a 5 to 3 triumph over the A's in Philadelphia. Billy Hitchcock, standing in for Bobby Doerr, and Ellis Kinder shared the game honors. Hitchcock drove in two runs and scored two as Kinder notched his seventh win with some stellar clutch pitching. He was clipped for 11 hits but kept them well scattered outside of the sixth inning.

The game was tied at two all entering the eighth. Billy Goodman singled to left and moved to second as Birdie Tebbetts was tossed out. With two outs and first base unoccupied, Connie Mack decided to pitch to Billy Hitchcock. Billy hit a low curve off the end of the bat and it fell into short center for a single that brought home Goodman. Pitcher Phil Marchildon, wanted Mack to put Hitchcock on first was furious. He walked Kinder and DiMaggio pasted a single into right that scored Hitchcock, with what proved to be the winning run. A third run scored, before the inning ended, on a fumble by Pete Suder on Johnny Pesky's grounder that filled the bases. Marchildon unloaded a wild pitch and that brought home Kinder with the third Boston run of the inning.

Both clubs had plenty of scoring opportunities during the first seven innings as Marchildon was hit easily and walked eight, but the runs came hard. The Sox picked up a run in the third when Ted Williams got a double on a long line drive to left-center that popped out of the glove and Sam Chapman. With two outs, Stan Spence tripled down the right-field line to score the run.

In the fourth Hitchcock sent a screaming line drive into the upper deck of the left-field stands to the Sox up 2 to 0. Kinder guarded the two run advantage until the sixth. Ferris Fain started the Philly come-back with a home run over the right-field fence. Heinie Majeski scratched out a single into short right and went to third on Chapman's single, scoring on Al Rosar's fly ball out to Williams.

The Athletics picked up their final run in the eighth on a line drive that Elmer Valo hit to left. Williams tried for the shoestring catch but the ball bounced all the way to the bullpen for a triple. Valo scored when Suder was tossed out by Vern Stephens.

Kinder's win was his third straight over the A's this year. He was ragged in spots, but when the occasion demanded, he pitched well. When Ted Williams was given an intentional walk in the eighth-inning, it was his 100th of the season. On May 31st, the A's were in first place and the Sox in seventh, 11 1/2 games back. Since then, the Sox have won 66 and lost only 26 and now they have a seven one half game advantage on the Athletics.

For the first time since he was injured, Bobby Doerr put on his uniform and went through a light workout before the game. Stan Spence pulled a muscle in his right leg during the game and it is doubtful that he will be able to start for a couple of games.

Yogi Berra came through twice with a bases-loaded, driving in four runs as the Yankees notch their seventh straight win, 9 to 7 over the Senators, to remain a half game behind the Red Sox. St. Louis Browns pitcher Ned Garver won his own game with a 10th inning single to give the Browns a 4 to 3 verdict over the Indians. Cleveland remains three games behind the Red Sox.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

3

0

 

5

8

0

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

 

3

11

1

W-Ellis Kinder (7-7)
L-Phil Marchildon (8-13)


2B-Williams (Bost), Tebbetts (Bost)
3B-Spence (Bost), Valo (Phil)
HR-Hitchcock (Bost), Fain (Phil)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 1 .278  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .286  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 1 .365  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 0 .280  

 

Stan Spence rf 5 0 1 .223  

 

Wally Moses rf 0 0 0 .221  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 2 .308  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .286  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 4 2 2 .269  

 

Ellis Kinder p 2 1 0 .106  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Ellis Kinder 9 11 3 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 79 48 -

 

 

New York Yankees 79 49 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 77 52 3

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 73 57 7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 61 62 16

 

 

St. Louis Browns 49 76 29

 

 

Washington Senators 49 80 31

 

 

Chicago White Sox 42 85 37