THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

SPORTSMAN'S PARK

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox lose to the Browns
while New York and Cleveland both win

September 16, 1948 ... Eddie Pellagrini stuck a pin in the Red Sox pennant balloon. Up 3 to 1, the St. Louis Browns were leading the Red Sox with two outs in the ninth and there were two runners on base, when Birdie Tebbetts slammed a line drive over Pellagrini's head at shortstop. It looked like a sure hit and probably would have scored two runs except that Eddie jumped as high as he could in the air and deflected the ball straight up with his glove. Then he caught it before it hit the ground to end the threat and the ballgame.

The usually effective Mel Parnell was hit often, but only Don Lund and Whitey Platt were able to do any damage. Lund slammed a home run in the second inning, singled home a run in the third, and Platt hit a round tripper in the seventh.

The Browns had Parnell in hot water repeatedly throughout the game. A single by Al Zarilla, a sacrifice and Lund's single, produced a run in the third inning. Parnell was in and out of trouble, but got away with it until Platt homered. Dave Ferriss pitched the eighth-inning and set down the Browns in order, for the first time during the game.

While all this was going on, the Red Sox were humbled before the pitching of Cliff Fannin. They got only four hits in the first eight innings and saw their best scoring chance snuffed out when Billy Goodman hit into a doubleplay in the fourth inning.

In the ninth-inning Ted Williams collected his second hit of the night when his drive stuck in the right-field screen for a ground rule double. Wally Moses singled and Billy Goodman beat out a bunt that sent Williams across, with the only run for the Sox.

A pass to Ted and singles by Bobby Doerr and Wally Moses filled the bases in fourth inning, but Billy Goodman grounded into a doubleplay to finish that scoring chance.

Bobby Doerr returned to the Red Sox lineup and established a new American League record for successive chances him will by secondbaseman. He handled five more chances to run his string to 386, three more than the record set by Snuffy Stirnweiss of the Yankees.

In scoring the 3 to 1 victory, the Browns slashed the Red Sox American League lead over the New York Yankees to one game, as they split a doubleheader with Detroit. The Yanks took the nightcap, 8 to 4, after losing the opener 2 to 1. After being limited to just four hits in the first game, the Yankees were down 3 to 0 after two innings in the second game, and 4 to 3 in the seventh inning. Then a walk and two singles tied the score and Johnny Lindell slammed a two run, pinch-hit double against the top half of the screen.

The lead over Cleveland was also cut, to 2 1/2 games as they smashed the Washington Senators, 6 to 3, behind the pitching of Gene Bearden. Larry Doby's first inning grand slam homer over the right centerfield fence, put the Indians out in front for good.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

7

1

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

x

 

3

11

0

W-Cliff Fannin (9-12)
L-Mel Parnell (13-7)
Attendance 6376

2B-DiMaggio (Bost), Williams (Bost), Zarilla (StL), Lund (StL)
HR-Platt (StL), Lund (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 3 0 1 .278  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .285  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 2 .379  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .275  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 1 .290  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 2 .256  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 1 .313  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 0 .281  

 

Mel Parnell p 2 0 0 .155  

 

Stan Spence ph 1 0 0 .224  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .235  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mel Parnell 7 11 3 3 2  

 

Dave Ferriss 1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 87 52 -

 

 

New York Yankees 86 53 1

 

 

Cleveland Indians 85 55 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 81 61 7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 68 68 18

 

 

St. Louis Browns 55 82 31

 

 

Washington Senators 49 92 39 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 46 92 40 1/2