THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

WALLY MOSES

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Wally Moses drives in the clincher

September 5, 1948 ... Wallopin' Wally Moses drove home the run which kept the Red Sox out front in the American League's hectic pennant chase. Moses lashed out a single with two outs in the 10th to score Ted Williams, who had doubled, with the run that beat the Athletics 4 to 3.

Dave Ferriss saved the game with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief pitching. He rescued the staggering Denny Galehouse in the eighth inning with a potential winning Philly run on second base and one out. He gave up only a single and a walk during his time on the mound.

Williams broke out of his batting slump to pace of 15 hit Red Sox attack. He slammed four solid hits, three of them to left-field, for his biggest hitting spree in weeks. He scored two runs and put another in position to score.

But it was Moses who won the game. He was pressed into service when Stan Spence could not play because of a muscle strain in his right leg. Wally hadn't started a game in a month and had only been used as a pinch-hitter or pinch runner exclusively. So the well rested Moses ran like a 20-year-old rather than the 37-year-old player that he is. Besides his clutch single, he doubled in the sixth and smashed a wicked line drive straight a Pete Suder in the eighth.

After driving home the winning run, Moses made a spectacular leaping stop of a drive from Buddy Rosar. Rosar lined a ball into centerfield and Moses got in front of it and with a big jump stopped the ball from getting by him, keeping a possible tying run from getting into scoring position.

The Sox bunched together four hits in the fourth inning for their first three runs, but wasted seven base hits during the ensuing scoreless five innings. Johnny Pesky launched the big scoring drive with a single to right. Williams hit one to the same spot as Pesky went over to third. Vern Stephens then lined a double into right field to score Pesky and put Williams on third. Connie Mack decided to pitch to Billy Goodman and Billy singled in the right to bring Williams and Stephens across, to put the Sox up 3 to 0.

Singles by Eddie Joost, Ferris Fain and Hank Majeski gave the A's their first run off Galehouse in the fifth inning. They tied it up in the seventh when Barney McCoskey singled and Majeski lined a vicious drive into the upper deck in left. It was that hit that sent the game into overtime.

Ted's four for four day regained the American League batting leadership for him. His average sits at .370, three points ahead of Lou Boudreau.

The win extended the Sox winning streak to five games. The Sox now have a 10-9 record over the A's for the season. The setback was the seventh and rolled for the Athletics, who are 8 1/2 games behind the Sox.

Scoring two runs in the sixth, after two were out, the Yankees came from behind and beat the Senators 5 to 3, running their winning streak to eight games. Joe DiMaggio's double, a triple by Yogi Berra and a single by Phil Rizzuto accounted for the winning Yankee runs. With the Yankees also winning, the Sox remained 1/2 game ahead of their closest rival.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

4

14

0

PHILADELPHIA A'S

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

 

3

13

0

W-Dave Ferriss (7-2)
L-Dick Fowler (13-6)
Attendance 19,059

2B-Stephens (Bost), Moses (Bost), Williams (Bost), Suder (Phil)
HR-Majeski (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 1 .277  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 1 .285  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 2 4 .370  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 1 .279  

 

Wally Moses rf 5 0 2 .228  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 0 1 .307  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 0 .283  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 4 0 1 .268  

 

Denny Galehouse p 3 0 2 .194  

 

Dave Ferriss p 1 0 1 .219  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Denny Galehouse 7.1 12 3 2 4  

 

Dave Ferriss 2.2 1 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 80 48 -

 

 

New York Yankees 80 49 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 77 52 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 73 58 8 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 61 63 17

 

 

St. Louis Browns 49 76 29 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 49 81 32

 

 

Chicago White Sox 43 85 37