THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILLY GOODMAN

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Billy Goodman helps the Sox sweep a doubleheader

September 6, 1948 ... Sweeping a doubleheader from the Washington Senators by scores of 14 to 6 and 2 to 1, the Red Sox made the prospects of it all Boston World Series a little brighter here today. Extending their winning streak to seven games, the Red Sox increased their slim lead the American League to a game and a half over the Yankees, who split their twinbill with the Athletics.

Boston won the opener on power, as Mel Parnell won his fifth straight, and then took the second game on the four hit pitching of Jack Kramer. Billy Goodman provided the winning margin with a two-out single in the sixth inning to give Kramer his 16th win.

Wally Moses and Goodman led the assault in the opener, with four hits each. Moses knocked in three runs and scored a pair himself. Goodman chased two teammates across the plate and scored one run. When he singled in Boston's winning run in the second game, it gave him a 10 game hitting streak.

The Sox showed they had plenty of everything. After a terrific batting display in the opener, they won on pitching in the nightcap. Kramer held Washington to just four hits. After Gil Coan opened with a double in the first inning, Jack didn't allow another hit until the seventh. By then he had a 2-1 margin and was nicked for only a couple of singles. But in between those hits Goodman started a sizzling double play.

Walt Masterson battled Kramer on close to even terms until he was forced out of the game with a sore right elbow. He hung around however, long enough to permit the two runs which were all that Kramer required.

Washington scored in the opening inning to take the lead, but it took a couple of errors to tie the game up in the fifth. Birdie Tebbetts opened with a single to left and catcher Jake Early tried to pick him off first. But the throw was over Mickey Vernon's head and went into right field. When the ball was bobbled in right Birdie moved over to third-base. He scored when Billy Hitchcock flied out to deep center to tie up the game.

The winning run came in the sixth inning when Johnny Pesky opened by beating out a nice bunt down the third-base line. Ted Williams singled him over to third and Masterson then fanned Vern Stephens. He got Moses to pop out and had two strikes on Goodman, when Billy bounced a single over first base to bring across Pesky.

Kramer's lead was only in danger in the eighth-inning. With one out, Forrest Thompson doubled down the right-field line. Coan flied out to Williams and then Kramer fanned Jim Clark. In the ninth, he set down the side in order to gain the win.

In the first game the Sox hit a trio of Washington pitchers for eighteen hits, drew six walks and had three batters hit by pitch balls. Twenty eight Red Sox hitters reach first base. A nine run fifth inning settled the game early. Fifteen batters came to the plate with six hits, three walks and a hit batsman as two pitchers were sent to the showers. Earl Harrist was the third pitcher and he managed to stagger through the final outs of that inning and allowed two more runs over the final four.

With a 12 to 1 lead, Parnell just coasted along. He allowed three Senator runs in the seventh, but they were all unearned. He was breezing along very easily until the ninth when he was slapped for four hits and two runs before Carden Gillenwater popped out to end the game.

The Red Sox have won 22 of their last 26 games. They have a 13-6 margin over the Senators for the season. Bobby Doerr took his daily light workout but didn't say anything after batting practice. Stan Spence relaxed and didn't do anything but rest his leg strain.

In Yankee Stadium the Athletics teed off on Ed Lopat for four runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the Yankees 6 to 2 in the second game of the doubleheader. The Yankees had won the opener 6 to 4, behind Vic Raschi and a split, together with the Red Sox two wins, dropped the Yankees to 1 1/2 games behind the Sox.

The Indians dropped to 4 1/2 games behind the Red Sox by splitting their doubleheader with the White Sox in Chicago. In the second game Bob Feller pitched the Indians to a 1 to 0 victory that was called after seven innings on account of darkness. The White Sox won the opener, 3-1.

 

at Griffith Stadium (Washington) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

2

0

9

0

2

0

0

 

14

18

1

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

0

2

 

6

12

3

W-Mel Parnell (12-6)
L-Mickey Haefner (5-13)
Attendance 21,669

2B-Williams (Bost), Stephens (Bost), Yost (2)(Wash),
Stewart (Wash), Vernon (Wash)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

 

2

6

1

WASHINGTON SENATORS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

4

2

W-Jack Kramer (16-4)
L-Walt Masterson (8-12)

2B-Kramer (Bost), Coan (Wash), Thompson (Wash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 1 .277  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 3 1 .285  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 2 2 .371  

 

Vern Stephens ss 6 2 3 .282  

 

Wally Moses rf 5 2 4 .250  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 4 .314  

 

Matt Batts c 5 2 1 .325  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 4 1 1 .267  

 

Mel Parnell p 5 0 1 .152  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 9 12 3 0 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 0 .275  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 1 .285  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 1 .370  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 0 .280  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 0 .243  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .313  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 1 .282  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 4 0 1 .267  

 

Jack Kramer p 2 0 1 .148  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jack Kramer 9 4 1 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 82 48 -

 

 

New York Yankees 81 50 1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 78 53 4 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 74 59 9 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 62 64 18

 

 

St. Louis Browns 50 77 30 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 49 83 34

 

 

Chicago White Sox 44 86 38