THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TED WILLIAMS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
It's all Ted Williams in beating the White Sox

September 14, 1948 ... Ted Williams kept the Red Sox ahead of the American League field while Ellis Kinder held the White Sox at bay, allowing only five hits. Williams took over the offense to drive in three runs and scored the other, in a 4 to 1 victory, that matched the Yankees win over Cleveland. Ted had two doubles and a single for half of the Red Sox hits.

He doubled home two runs in the first inning and the Red Sox didn't get another hit of southpaw Bill Wight, until Ted singled in the sixth. His double in the seventh, a pop fly that Ralph Hodgin and Luke Appling messed up, drove in Kinder with the final score the game.

Kinder had a shutout going until the ninth-inning when Appling singled and eventually scored on a pass, an infield out and a fly ball by Hodgin. He walked only two in his ninth victory against seven defeats.

An error by Appling and a pass to Johnny Pesky, preceded Williams' first double, a line drive to left-field in the first inning, giving the Red Sox a 2 to 0 lead. From then until the sixth both pitchers were in command.

In the sixth inning, Ted opened with a single and Vern Stephens walked, but Sam Mele hit into a doubleplay. Billy Goodman scored Williams and Tebbetts kept the rally going with another single, but Billy Hitchcock popped up to end the inning. Down 3 to 0, Chicago threatened when Appling tripled with two out in the sixth inning, but Pat Seerey's fly ball out to DiMaggio ended that. In the seventh inning, Kinder singled and DiMaggio sacrificed them over. Ted get his give double that scored his pitcher with the final Boston run.

Charlie Keller's pinch-hit home run with one aboard, sparked a Yankees four run, game winning rally, in the seventh inning as the Yankees strengthened their hold on second place, with a 6 to 5 triumph over the Cleveland Indians. Eddie Lopat was lifted in favor of Keller and was credited with his 16th win. The Yanks remain two games behind the Red Sox, while Cleveland dropped to four games off the pace.

 

at Comiskey Park (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

 

4

14

0

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

5

2

W-Ellis Kinder (9-7)
L-Bill Wight (8-18)
Attendance 15,622

2B-Williams (2)(Bost)
3B-Appling (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 0 .279  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 1 0 .286  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 3 .371  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .277  

 

Sam Mele rf 3 0 0 .225  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 1 .315  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .284  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 4 0 0 .314  

 

Ellis Kinder p 3 1 1 .115  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Ellis Kinder 9 5 1 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 87 50 -

 

 

New York Yankees 85 52 2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 84 55 4

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 80 61 9

 

 

Detroit Tigers 66 68 19 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 54 81 32

 

 

Washington Senators 49 91 39 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 45 92 42