THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TED WILLIAMS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Ted Williams (4 for 5) is the only
bright spot in a loss

September 15, 1948 ... The Red Sox took their worst licking of the year from the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park, to see their American League lead shrink to only 1 1/2 games over the New York Yankees, who were idle. The White Sox pounded out 17 hits for a 17 to 10 victory over Jack Kramer and three relief pitchers. There was only one bright spot on this very bad day for the Red Sox and that was Ted Williams, as he just about sewed up the American League batting title by going five for six and boosting his average to .377, 19 points higher than his chief rival, Cleveland's Lou Boudreau. Ted has gotten eight hits in his last ten at bats here in Chicago.

Jack Kramer was the losing pitcher, his fifth loss against sixteen wins. His teammates almost saved him when they rallied in the top of the seventh to come within one run of the White Sox, who were leading 5 to 4. But Dave Ferriss and Earl Caldwell saw to it that the Red Sox could not come close again. Caldwell put the game out of reach for his team when he gave up three passes and three hits, including a grand slam home run, before he got two men out.

Kramer's downfall came in the third inning. He had struck out the side in the second and Boston was coasting along on a one run lead, the result of errors by Cass Michaels and Luke Appling. In the third however, Kramer yielded five singles, three in succession, to open up. A pass to Pat Seerey and two more singles by Taffy Wright and Ralph Weigel accounted for four runs.

So down 4 to 1, the Red Sox began chipping away with one run in the fifth on Williams' single, a pass to Vern Stephens, a force out and a sacrifice fly by Billy Goodman. But Seerey matched that with a home run in the bottom half of the inning. The Sox came back with a single by Ferriss, a force out and another Williams hit for a run in the sixth, cutting the lead to 5 to 3. In the seventh they came closer on a double by Birdie Tebbetts following a pass to Stan Spence. But then the roof caved in.

A double by Luke Appling, four singles, two walks and the grand slam by Wright, saw ten runs cross the plate and put the game away for Chicago.

The Sox made a valiant attempt by storming back in the eighth, with a six hit attack of their own, winding up with five runs. Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Williams singled, followed by a bases clearing triple from Vern Stephens. Spence duplicated that with a triple to right-center and scored on a single by Billy Goodman. Their final run came in the ninth-inning when rookie Tom Wright cracked a pinch-hit triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by DiMaggio.

Bobby Doerr took part in batting practice and in the infield drill. Manager Joe McCarthy said he would be used as soon as he was ready.

 

at Comiskey Park (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

1

1

1

5

1

 

10

14

3

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

4

0

1

0

10

2

x

 

17

17

3

W-Al Gettel (6-10)
S-Glen Moulder (2)
L-Jack Kramer (16-5)
Attendance 3668

2B-Tebbetts (Bost), Appling (Chi)
3B-Stephens (Bost), Spence (Bost), Wright (Bost)
HR-Seerey (Chi), Wright (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 6 2 1 .278  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 2 .287  

 

Ted Williams lf 6 2 5 .377  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 1 .277  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 2 1 .225  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 1 .313  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .283  

 

Billy Hitchcock 2b 3 0 0 .306  

 

Jack Kramer p 1 0 0 .141  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .250  

 

Dave Ferriss p 2 0 1 .235  

 

Earl Caldwell p 0 0 0 .125  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Tom Wright ph 1 0 1 1.00  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 3 6 4 2 3  

 

Dave Ferriss 3.1 6 5 0 0  

 

Earl Caldwell 0.2 3 6 3 1  

 

Tex Hughson 1 2 1 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 87 51 -

 

 

New York Yankees 85 52 1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 84 55 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 81 61 8

 

 

Detroit Tigers 67 68 18 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 54 82 32

 

 

Washington Senators 49 92 39 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 46 92 41