THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MEL PARNELL

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox sweep the A's behind
Mel Parnell and Denny Galehouse

September 11, 1948 ... The Red Sox continued their pennant drive by mopping up the Philadelphia Athletics, 9 to 1 and 2 to 1, in a pair of sparkling performances at Fenway Park. They smashed the A's in the afternoon, but at night it was a tense pitcher's duel between Mel Parnell and Joe Coleman. A double dose of baseball lured 34,002 fans to the ballpark in the evening, after 21,415 had seen the game in the afternoon.

Mel Parnell finally completed the perfecta of winning a game from each of the major league clubs. Parnell made good when the Athletics failed to field a bunt that he, himself, had laid down in the fifth inning of the second game. The Sox scored their two runs on Dom DiMaggio's triple to centerfield.

For four innings, Parnell and Coleman had pitched brilliant baseball. Not a run had scored, although both sides had a couple of opportunities shut down by each pitcher. The break came in the fifth for the Red Sox.

Coleman walked Matt Batts to open the inning and Billy Hitchcock hit a fly ball out. Parnell was the next batter and manager Joe McCarthy ordered him to bunt, to put Batts in scoring position. Mel laid down a perfect bunt that rolled untouched down the first base line. Ferris Fain the firstbaseman, expected Coleman to field the ball, but Coleman didn't move off the mound. The ball stayed fair and Batts moved down to second base while Parnell made it to first undisputed. The big belt was delivered by DiMaggio. Coleman made a pitch a little too good and Dom given a long ride toward the Red Sox bullpen for a triple that scored the two runs that won the game.

Parnell was an able to just coast along on the slim lead. The A's threatened to put the skids on Parnell in the seventh. Pete Suder singled and Coleman sacrificed them over. Eddie Joost then walked on a three and two pitch. Parnell cut loose and fired three straight strikes past Barney McCoskey, who walked back to the dugout having not taken the bat off his shoulder. Fain had two strikes on him quickly. After ball that just missed the plate, the A's firstbaseman nicked one off the handle. The ball floated out to short left field, out of Stephens' reach, for a bloop hit single that scored Suder. That was the only run of the game for Philadelphia.

But trouble loomed in the ninth and Parnell started it himself by passing Suder. Don White came in to pinch-hit and sliced a hot roller, just out of the reach of Vern Stephens, into left field for a base hit. Joost sacrificed the runners over to put them in scoring position. Carl Scheib, a good hitting pitcher, was inserted to bat for Barney McCoskey and Joe McCarthy decided to walk him intentionally to load the bases. Fain strolled to the plate and didn't phase Parnell. Fain couldn't get his bat around quickly enough on a Parnell fastball and rolled an easy dribbler back to him. Mell pounced on the ball like a cat and fired a strike to his battery mate, to rub out Suder at the plate. Batts then grabbed the ball and threw it down to Goodman at first, for a game ending quick doubleplay.

In the afternoon game, Denny Galehouse held the Athletics in check, aided by some tight defense. He was knocked for 10 base hits and gave up two walks. But the Red Sox came up with five doubleplays to give Galehouse his eighth win of the year.

Galehouse got a big margin to work with very early. The Sox battered Bill McCahan four eight hits and six runs in the first four innings. A pass to DiMaggio started the scoring in the first. Pesky lined one to Suder next, but in his haste to try for a doubleplay, Suder threw the ball into the Sox dugout, permitting Dom to reach third, where he scored on a single by Vern Stephens.

The one run margin was added on to in the third inning, when the Sox scored four runs. With one out, Ted Williams singled to right and took second when Stephens walked. Wally Moses poked a single to center to score Ted and Billy Goodman dropped a double down the left-field line that scored Stephens. The A's then decided to walk Birdie Tebbetts to fill the bases for Billy Hitchcock. Hitchcock welcomed the opportunity and hit a high bounding ball far over Hank Majeski's head at third for a two run base hit. Now the Sox were winning 5 to 0.

A double by Pesky and a single by Williams, boosted the score up to 6 to 0 in the fourth. The Sox added another run in the fifth when Hitchcock beat out an infield hit, but was forced at second by Galehouse. DiMaggio laid down a nice bunt but was thrown out at first, as Galehouse moved over to second on the sacrifice and scored on Pesky's right-field single.

The A's had wasted seven hits during the first six innings and finally ruined the shutout in the seventh. Two singles and a pass loaded the bases and Suder flied out to Ted Williams for sacrifice a fly with Sam Chapman scoring.

The Red Sox completed their scoring in the eighth-inning when Alex Kellner allowed a single to left by Stephens and then walked Wally Moses. Goodman sacrificed them over and Tebbetts singled to left to score the two runners and make it 9 to 1.

Eddie Joost had an embarrassing moment in the fourth inning when a Billy Goodman's roller took a funny bounce, hit him on the wrist, rolled up his arm and then disappeared into his shirt. Ted Williams had been on second and went to third on the play but held. Joost didn't know where the ball was and kept walking toward third, waiting for Ted to head for home. He finally felt the ball resting against his back and called for a time out.

Billy Goodman kept his hitting streak alive when he doubled down the left-field line, during the four-run third. It was his 14th straight game with a base hit. Billy Hitchcock is batting .455 in the 11 games he's played, following Bobby Doerr's injury.

The Sox increased their American pennant race lead, with the two wins over the Yankees, to three games and stay 3 1/2 games up on Cleveland. The Yankees beat the Washington Senators by a 6 to 3 score as Joe DiMaggio hit his 35th home run of the year to increase his league-leading RBI total to 135 in 135 games. Allie Reynolds went the distance for his 16th victory, allowing eight hits.

Cleveland took both ends of the doubleheader from the St. Louis Browns by scores of 4 to 1 and 9 to 1, to run their victory string to six games in a row. Bob Lemon's six hitter, in the second game, made him the first 20 game winner in the majors. Steve Gromek's 4 to 1 triumph in the opener was a four hitter. He did not given a hit until Paul Lehner singled in the fifth inning.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

1

10

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

4

1

1

0

0

2

x

 

 

9

13

1

 

 

 W-Denny Galehouse (8-7)
L-Bill McCahan (4-6)
Attendance - 21,415

 2B-Suder (Phil), Goodman (Bost), Pesky (Bost)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

1

5

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

x

 

 

2

6

1

 

 

 W-Mel Parnell (13-6)
L-Joe Coleman (13-12)

 2B-Valo (Phil), Goodman (Bost)

 3B-DiMaggio (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 1 0 .279  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 2 .284  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 2 .369  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 2 .5282  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 2 1 .252  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 2 .317  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 2 .284  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 4 0 2 .318  

 

Denny Galehouse p 4 1 0 .175  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Denny Galehouse 9 10 1 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .279  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 0 1 .284  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 1 .368  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .279  

 

Wally Moses rf 3 0 1 .253  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 2 0 1 .318  

 

Matt Batts c 2 1 0 .319  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 3 0 0 .309  

 

Mel Parnell p 3 1 1 .159  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 9 5 1 6 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 86 49 -

 

 

New York Yankees 83 52 3

 

 

Cleveland Indians 83 53 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 78 61 10

 

 

Detroit Tigers 64 67 20

 

 

St. Louis Browns 53 79 31 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 49 88 38

 

 

Chicago White Sox 44 91 42